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The King Who Banned the Dark

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The King Who Banned The Dark is a story that can have different interpretations; on a simpler note it can be about how we need the dark as well as the light, making it a wonderful book about the fear of the dark and appreciating the beauty of the light. On a deeper level, as I've read in a few places, this book can be interpreted as being a bit more political - people have got power and can revolt against decisions taken by the leaders which may not be for the benefit of the people, and how decisions can be manipulated.

To abandon facts is to abandon freedom. If nothing is true, then no one can criticizse power, because there is no basis upon which to do so. If nothing is true, then all is spectacle. The biggest wallet pays for the most blinding lights. Timothy Snyder, On Tyranny Although it offers various topics you can discuss with children, The King Who Banned the Dark is very much a story for adults. Its plot is set in feudal times, but it is essentially about the nature of power. It can be read as a story about totalitarianism, a political system that does not tolerate individuals, freedom of thought or any kind of criticism. It deceives its own citizens for the purpose of achieving its objectives – real truth is unimportant, the goal being rather to convince the people via the media and other means of an illusion that is usually aimed at creating or maintaining some division. In this story, light and dark are a universal metaphor of the division into us and them, into those who belong and those who do not, the dangerous ones who need to be eliminated for our well-being. More than once in history has this kind of manipulation and indoctrination led to the exclusion of Others with terrible consequences. Alongside her children’s picture books, Emily is currently working on a long-form graphic memoir for adults. Her short comics have previously appeared in print in the Observer and Vogue and her first children’s book, The King Who Banned the Dark, was shortlisted for numerous awards including the Klaus Flugge Prize and IBW Book A modern fairy-tale, akin to The Emperor's New Clothes, told with sophistication and paired with extraordinary beautiful illustrations in monotones, juxtaposed with vibrant yellow.' - Space on the Bookshelf Lots of fun to read, this book cleverly delivers some important messages. The new, young king is frightened of the dark, so on day one of his reign, he decides he’ll ban it. His advisors realise the only way to make that work is if the people think it’s their idea, and start an anti-dark campaign. It works, the dark is banished and, because everyone has got what they thought they wanted, everyone is happy. Until of course, they realise what living in constant light is really like. Emily Haworth-Booth gives her story a fairy-tale feel and fills it full of humour. Little children will identify with the king, but they’ll understand why his scheme is not a good one. Brilliant!Propaganda ให้ประชาชนไม่ชอบความมืด แล้วมาร้องขอพระราชา โดยพระราชาก็แค่ตอบสนอง (สิ่งที่ตัวเองอยากได้) ประชาชนก็ดีใจชื่นชอบ Just from the title, I can imagine having a lively discussion with my KS1 class about the dark! Why would someone want to ban the dark and would it be a good idea? This way children can begin to make predictions about what the book will uncover! Hello Yellow - 80 Books to Help Children Nurture Good Mental Health and Support With Anxiety and Wellbeing - Readers can only hope that, as in this story, they will live to see a rational resistance to superficiality, to that constant dazzle, behind which no true, real content is concealed. For when it became clear that all were tired of so much light and celebrating and that they needed a change, the guards had to be outwitted, and the artificial sunlight switched off. At this moment, The King Who Banned the Dark becomes a story of resistance and the possibility of the individual to oppose the unthinking, automatic and often dangerous straying of the mass. Some people will be able to separate themselves from the crowd, shout that the emperor has no clothes, and really set off and work for their own and for the common good. Real changes will be instigated by thinking individuals who want to do good, especially if they have some help and don’t feel completely alone in their efforts. That is what happened in this story – organised resistance bore fruit. The King Who Banned the Dark is also a story about the importance of diversity and contrast. When the dark was first banned, people liked it, because they could stay awake and celebrate all day long. But they got very tired soon because, naturally, people need the dark to value the light and to be able to recognise it at all. This is illustrated by the effective metaphor of the firework display at the end of the tale. The royal advisers put on the fireworks for the people, but the huge artificial sun created such a bright light that the fireworks could not be seen at all. The message is clear: we need the dark to be able to see the light, and to sleep, and to rest. Life under the constant glaring sun can literally be interpreted as a method of torture – prisoners are sometimes driven to insanity with the constant bright light in their cells that makes it impossible for them to focus, losing their sense of time, and being incapable of thinking and resting. But this constant illumination can also be considered as a metaphor for excessive staring into dazzling screens. For normal functioning, and particularly for creativity and thinking, people need moments of silence, nature, contemplation, reflection and being alone. Yet today it really seems increasingly hard to find them.

There was once a little boy who was afraid of the dark. There's nothing unusual about that. Most children are afraid of the dark at one time of another. But this little boy was a Prince, and he decided that when he became King, he would do something about the dark. He would ban it. When a King bans the dark completely, installing an artificial sun, and enforcing "anti-dark" laws, it seems like a good idea. The citizens don't need to worry about monsters, crime, or any of the other scary things that might live in the dark. But what happens when nobody can sleep, and the citizens revolt? Will the King face his fears and turn the lights off? Children will be engaged by the light vs dark dilemma, however adults will be intrigued on another level by the political parodies, crowd manipulation, light inspectors and peoples rebellion elements that are cleverly woven through the story. This is a gorgeous picture book and its only possible downside is that your kids, like mine, might start banning things willy-nilly.' -- Robyn Wilder - The Pool You could set up and imaginary newsroom and your child could pretend to be a reporting news from the palace that the dark is going to be banned and why.Would be an excellent book for introducing speech to children in English - all of the dialogue in the story uses speech bubbles. This makes it very clear which parts are narration and which are spoken. Think together about what the king tried to do. Should he have done this? What advice would your child have given to the young king about his plan? Emily won the 2013 Jonathan Cape/Observer/Comica Graphic Short Story Prize for her story ‘Colonic’ and was runner-up of the same prize in 2008. Alongside herchildren's picture books, Emily is currently working ona long-form graphic memoir for adults. Her shortcomics have previously appeared in print in theObserver and Vogue. Along with her sister, AliceHaworth-Booth, she is an activist with ExtinctionRebellion.

When the young prince grows up to be King, he swears that he will remove that one thing that has always unsettled him: the dark. Initially his advisors ask him to reconsider but they begin to see how propaganda and fake news could sway to public into believing that they would benefit from losing the dark. It is only when the people begin to suffer that an underground resistance rises and plots to show the King that the dark is not to be feared and is, instead, something we cannot live without. You could have an imaginary interview with one of you as a reporter and the other a member of the public talking what it’s like now that dark has been banned. Politics and environmental issues are subjects close to her heart and often appear as themes in her work. Emily’s hotly-tipped debut children’s book, The King Who Banned the Dark (Pavilion, 2018), was shortlisted for numerous prestigious awards: The Klaus Flugge Award (for debut illustrators), The Little Rebels Children’s Book Award, The Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize, IndependentBookshop Week Book Award. The book is currently nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal. We need the dark to be able to sleep properly; the perfect balance of day and night that marks out time.June 2019 Debut of the Month | Shortlisted for the Klaus Flugge Prize 2019 | Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Childrens Book Prize 2019 Although the book's inspiration was initially about celebrating the beauty of the dark and how removing something so vital could only truly be valued in its absence, Haworth-Booth also saw potential in developing as a more Canutian cautionary tale. The story explores how the general public can be manipulated through dirty politics. We read the book a few times over the summer and enjoyed it each time. After a camping weekend at a festival, we were able to chat about all the different ways light was used for safety, for fun and for spectacle and think about all the beautiful lights we had seen. The children had chosen a fairground ride in the dark as their last treat so they could see the lights and view the festival from above in the dark. We were also given new torches in our tents and decided to set up an experiment for the king when we got home to test which torch he could have used. We created a den in the wardrobe and got to work. We also decided he would much prefer our festival hat to his crown as it had built in lights.

One of the things that I think makes children's literature so appealing is the gaps that it leaves between the reader and the text. It is those moments, where meaning is made by what the reader brings to the text that can strengthen connections and enrich the reading experience. The greatest books then, invite multiple interpretations and revisitations as we grow up and it is exactly that that Haworth-Booth's debut achieves. To re-kindle the exhausted townsfolk’s enthusiasm, the advisors plan a huge celebration with fireworks (seemingly unaware that fireworks can’t be seen in daylight). The people hatch a rebellious plot to switch off the lights and manage to see this through….just in time for the fireworks to begin. Which, of course, are so beautiful and inspiring that the King finally realises the error of his ways.A king has a fear of the dark and so he decides to ban it completely. A class could discuss the impact of fake news in our current society and the importance of having a critical eye when reading. It links nicely to science, looking at light and dark - why we need both of them and what else might have happened in the kingdom when there was only light. A thought-provoking picture book ... Haworth-Booth's pencil-shaded artwork is pleasing, while her text warns gently but firmly against responding too readily to fear.' -- Imogen Russell Williams - The Guardian I love beautiful picture books that use a limited colour palette, like The King Who Banned The Dark. Immediately, I was drawn to read it, and I'm very glad that I did because I've found a new favourite! The illustrations, whilst simplistic, are lovely and make for a very enjoyable read. Children could create their own design for an anti-dark hat. They could think about what they might use and how it could work and label their design. Make a dark and light picture

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