Lemniscaat

Juvenile fiction

isbn:0009047750093

: Paul Biegel

illustrator: Harmen van Straaten

King of the Copper Mountains

King Mansolin is old and his heart nearly failing. Only a special herb can save him. A miracle worker has to undertake a long journey of several days, in order to get this herb. As time is running out, he urges the animals to go to visit the old King and tell him their most exciting adventures, in the hope that they will distract the King and his heart will hold out a little longer. Several animals do just that, the miracle worker gets the herb to the King in time, and the King is saved.

King of the Copper Mountains is a playful frame story in the tradition of the Arabian Nights.
In the end the separate stories of the individual animals fit into one complete and perfect whole. Exciting, and masterfully written.

Rights sold to U.K. and Japan.

Awards

Best Children's Book award in 1965

Reviews

‘One of those rare books which should be part of every child's growing up... these stories are unusual, the animals enchanting and the book is held brilliantly together... '
- Daily Telegraph

‘The stories are touching, exciting and funny. This is a lovely book and the ending is all that can be desired.'
- Times Literary Supplement

other books by Paul Biegel:

Beachcomber Tim
Beachcomber Tim
I wish I was different
I wish I was different
Night Stories
Night Stories
Robber Hupsadaisy
Robber Hupsadaisy
The curse of the Wildwulf
The curse of the Wildwulf
The gardens of Dorr
The gardens of Dorr
The Little Captain
The Little Captain
The Red Princess
The Red Princess
Virgil of Tuil
Virgil of Tuil