The King’s Golden Beard

Publication Date:

January 2021



Original language and publisher

English | Minerva

Territories Handled

World excl. Asia and North America

Territories Sold

France (mineditionFR)
Dutch (E.M. Querido’s Uitgeverij BV)
Germany (mineditionAG)
Chinese simplified (Thinkingdom)



The King’s Golden Beard


What once might have been ‘long ago’ seems eerily not so long ago at all. — The New York Times

‘The King’s Golden Beard’ brilliantly brings a tale of the dangers of dictatorial leaders to children and adults alike.. — The Daily Heller

A clever, biting fable! — Publishers Weekly

From 4 years to 8 years

Who’s to blame when a vain, heedless king meets his comeuppance? He is, of course! Fans of Tomi Ungerer’s mischievous humor and Jon Agee’s sly morality tales will be delighted by this hilarious read-aloud about a long, long beard and its short-sighted royal owner, by a popular Belgian illustrator, designer, and animation whiz.

The lush, golden royal beard is a wondrous thing—especially to the king himself. He spends his days admiring and grooming it, and passes laws making it a crime punishable by death for anyone else’s face to sport even a single hair. As the people of the kingdom nervously shave daily, the royal beard grows and grows until it appears at the palace’s back gate. What happens next will have readers laughing along—and cheering for the astronomers who, unlike the tyrannical king, know that the earth is round.

Marketing Information

  • Funding available from Flanders Literature