- Paperback: 32 pages
- Age Range: 3 - 5 years
- Publisher: Andersen Press; Reprint edition (3 May 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1849393893
- ISBN-13: 978-1849393898
- Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 0.5 x 27.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 486,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Denver Paperback – 3 May 2012
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"The illustrations...are superb as one would expect from McKee." (Elizabeth Schlenther Books for Keeps)
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"David McKee uses different perspectives in brilliantly imaginative ways to tell this moving and entertaining story" (Julia Eccleshare Lovereading)
"Another colourful and quirky character with a clear moral message within a fun and interesting story." (Rebecca Carter The School Librarian)
"Longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2011" (The CILIP Kate Greenaway Children's Book Award)
A wonderful picture book from David McKee about being content with your lot.See all Product Description
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Regardless of your politics (and the polarising nature of this book, as shown by the reviews, illustrates how keen we all our to hand them on to our children) you cannot deny the fundamental flaw in this fable: Denver's status as one of the "deserving rich" is implied by his reaffirmation as head-honcho in the second town he makes his home. But in real life the majority of society's wealthy are not self-made genii occupying unassailable and deserving positions of wealth and prosperity; they are hand-me-downs from better, luckier, or more manipulative ancestors. In real life it's far likelier Denver would have rotted in a ditch and, in time, another Denver would have risen to take his place.
Children of the intended-age readership will all be baffled by this book. I recommend "Cheese Belongs to You!" by Alexis Deacon & Viviane Schwarz as a far more satisfying allegory of how the world really works.
Basically the theme of this book is that we should be thankful to all the wonderful generous rich people and if not they'll leave us and the land we live in will be awful and we'll not be happy. I'm pleased to say my god children are 5 year old twins and a but too young to get it. It's now in the bin.
It's god one star from me because Amazon doesn't let you do zero.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very, very odd parable about the risks of redistribition of wealth, the untrustworthiness of the labouring classes, and the moral and personal superiority of the wealthy. Read morePublished 4 months ago by P. McGladdery
Simply astonishing that this book made it past editors, publishers and the criterati without anyone picking up that it was the Tory manifesto in picture book form. Read morePublished 8 months ago by mrjkerouac
The charming fairy tale of trickle down economics. Can't wait for the uplifting workhouse-based follow-up fable.Published 8 months ago by Elliott Smith
This book made us sit up. It seems as if it has a strong political message in favour of the rich. But if you think about it, it's about envy. Read morePublished 12 months ago by William Cohen
This book is hilarious, I love it. It gives an admittedly pro capitalist view but contains many unacknowledged truths that some people wish to ignore, or that rich people generate... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mr
This is a great educational, well-written book. It is not saying that all rich people are nice: Denver is rich thanks to his skill and he is also magnanimous and wisely uses his... Read morePublished on 2 Nov. 2014 by melle_escaton
It's all about how clever the rich are and how stupid the poor are. Be thankful and do not question your position. Read morePublished on 25 April 2014 by David kly
First child's book that I have enjoyed reading as well. The reviews below are correct-in that it does have a message (and not thinly veiled). Read morePublished on 30 Dec. 2013 by Lucius
Education should always challenge the prejudices of the age, so don't be put off by the other reviews. Make up your own mind, ask your child what he/she thinks. Read morePublished on 28 Dec. 2013 by Ivan Kilburn