This is a tale of contrasts: of raging ambition and calm contentment; of King Normous who wages big wars with his huge army in a bid to be the King of the World, and the King of Little Things who is content to live a simple, idyllic life with his queen and rule over all the small and seemingly insignificant things like coins, buttons, paper clips and macaroni.
Naturally, all hell breaks loose when King Normous discovers that he has conquered all but one Little king. But while brute strength has its advantages during the battle, especially when it’s rather one-sided, it soon becomes uncomfortably clear to King Normous that the war cannot be won when a thousand small things are pointedly working against him.
Vividly brought to life by richly detailed illustrations of a medieval time, this original tale, beautifully penned by award-winning storyteller Bill Lepp, has been spun with such truth and wisdom, yet also wit and humour, that it seems like it’s been told for generations, rather than published just two years ago.
That The King of Little Things hasn’t received more attention is a shame, since this cautionary tale is really a metaphor for the secret to happiness: to find contentment in what you already possess, as well as to appreciate the simple things, as opposed to being perpetually dissatisfied and constantly yearning for more — a valuable life lesson that is never too early for anyone to learn, whether you are five or eighty-five.