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The King of Capri Paperback – Illustrated, 20 Sep 2004


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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New edition edition (20 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747563470
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747563471
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 0.4 x 30 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeanette Winterson was born in Manchester and read English at Oxford, during which time she wrote her first novel, the Whitbread award winning Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit. Tanglewreck, Jeanette's first novel for children, was published to great critical acclaim in 2006. In the same year she was awarded an OBE for services to literature.

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'If you want true literary genius, read Jeanette Winterson's young-adult novels, a stunning new facet of her career which began with Tanglewreck. They're too clever for me to summarise' Guardian 'A lesson in virtues of generosity, wrapped up in delightful prose' The Good Book Guide

About the Author

Jeanette Winterson lives in Gloucestershire. She published her first novel, ORANGES ARE NOT THE ONLY FRUIT to international acclaim in 1985. This is Jeanette's second book for Bloomsbury, her first the adult novel, THE PASSION, was published in 1987. Jane Ray lives in London and this is her first book for Bloomsbury. Jane's previous books published by Orchard, Orion and Walker Books are amongst some of children's literature's favourite picture books.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Isabel Archer on 9 Nov 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a delightfully whimsical book, and beautifully observed. It has a rare and wonderful quality: it shows compassion for all, including the "baddie"--a greedy, selfish king. The story never condemns him; it simply describes his life, and shows how he is eventually made miserable by his own behaviour. And when he is finally redeemed, it is without any smugness, just with rejoicing that all is finally well. As well as being great fun, this is one of the most gentle and joyful children's books I know.

My four- and six-year old love this book, and it has had many, many rereadings in our house. The illustrations are full of charming, funny details; the Italian-speaking cat has us all wandering around the house saying "non c'e di che" ("don't mention it"): and I particularly like the Wind who, after creating mild havoc with a tempest, says "You do these things in a moment of madness, and then you're left with the mess."

I've probably bought 300-400 children's books in the past few years, and this is definitely one of the best.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By ' on 31 May 2006
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my 5-year old daughter because I am a great fan of Jeanette Winterson's writing.

The King of Capri was everything I hoped it would be. We have read it many times, and the timeless reversal of fortune tale, told cleverly with gentle humour, never ceases to put a smile on our faces at bedtime. Beautifully illustrated too - what a bonus. We especially like the Italian-speaking cat(!) and the sweetly happy ending.

One of our favourites.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Sep 2003
Format: Hardcover
I bought this beautifully written children's book for my niece, who enjoyed it very much. It holds all of the poetic charm Winterson displays in her writing for adults, within a beautiful moral story.
With it's gorgeous graphics and strong hardback it makes a perfect present for a child who is just learning about the joys of reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jane R on 26 May 2008
Format: Hardcover
The story brings a smile to my soul and the sumptuous illustrations fill me with glee. Totally agree with all these other reviews. Love this book and savour reading it aloud to the kids... over and over.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gogou K on 25 Mar 2013
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We loved the book , me and my daughter, for the poetic use of language, for the blissful images and for the generous way the wind blows miracle into life...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Stewart on 29 Jan 2013
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This is a lovely read out loud book for young children with beautiful illustrations about a very greedy king and a very hard working washer woman and what happens to them both when the Wind blows a storm. Enchanting and enjoyable for adults too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Lessels on 16 Nov 2011
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My children are 10 and 8 now and this would definitely count as a book that all young children should have. It is very funny and the moral side is good without being preachy and pious. In fact my children still like this book. I must have read it to them 20 times and the magic still works for me!
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