Title: Queen of King Street
Author: Tom McLaughlin
Illustrator: Tom McLaughlin
Publisher: Barrington Stoke
Genre: Children’s fiction, Humour
Book format: Paperback
Description: When the Queen’s brother, Unlucky Bertie, gambles away the entire family fortune, it’s goodbye to Buckingham Palace and hello to a little house on King Street for the royals. How will they ever survive? Follow their hilarious mishaps as the Queen forges a new career in reality TV, her sister-in-law becomes a social-media star and son Harry tries to survive the local comp. Who knew that life in the ordinary world could be so hard?
*Free copy provided by publisher for review…
Review: This is a brilliant and very funny story! The Queen’s brother Bertie has never been very lucky and one day he gambles away the entire Royal Family’s fortune, including the Queen’s title. No longer considered royalty, the Queen and her family have to move to an ordinary house in an ordinary road. But getting along with the neighbours and living like normal people isn’t as easy as they think.
This is a very funny story with a good ending which I enjoyed. The royal family in the story are very similar to our real-life royal family with names like Harry, Bertie and Betty, but with some obvious differences. After Bertie, gambles away the entire family’s fortune and titles, the family have no choice but to move to a typical suburban house. But even something as simple as walking through doors without servants to open them isn’t easy for the family and this book is filled with lots of funny moments, with the characters experiencing all sorts of silly problems.
As they settle into King Street they meet their neighbours and it’s soon obvious that they aren’t going to get along with them. The story goes on to show just how difficult it is for each member of the royal family to get used to living a life like ordinary people, with Bertie struggling the most. There are some brilliant laugh out loud moments, I really like just how silly everything becomes especially with George’s allotment, Bertie’s constant mishaps and the ongoing pot noodle reference! The ending is really good, I like the way things go for the family and what happens to them. It felt like a good ending already after a certain event takes place on the street but I really like the actual ending which felt even better and I can’t help but feel that the real royal family could learn a thing or two from this fictional one!
The story alone is very good but it is so much funnier with the illustrations. There are various illustrations throughout the story, all in black, white and grey. They are very funny and remind you of just how silly some of the family members are and the situations they end up in. This book’s pages are printed on a creamy/yellow paper which is also very thick, to aid in reading for those that struggle. The text is especially easy to read and each paragraph is separated from the next making this much easier for both reluctant readers and dyslexics. The book is also quite short at roughly 100 pages, making it great for children who feel daunted at reading a larger book.
This story has made me laugh so much, it’s just the perfect amount of humour and silliness and I can’t help but wonder what the real-life royal family would be like if they ever ended up having to live among ordinary people. I’ve already enjoyed a lot of Tom McLauhlin’s books and this one really doesn’t disappoint. It’s so funny and for some bizarre reason I now can’t get the pot noodle name out of my head! A great book I’d recommend for anyone.
What do you think of this book? How would you cope if you could become royalty for a day? Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂