Kingdom Tales is sometimes labelled a fairy story, but it’s far from that. It’s an allegory to the events that took place in Africa after most of the African nations were free to rule themselves. It was a time plagued with wars and coups, and the author of Kingdom Tales did an amazing job retelling those stories using animals.
Even though this novel is politically minded, it’s still very entertaining for kids to enjoy. The author has a good sense of humour and great writing style. When I first read it, I really enjoyed it as a fairy story about animals fighting for supremacy, not knowing it represented something deeper. That’s why I say it’s safe for kids to read too.
After reading it, I gave it to my son and daughters and they loved it more than I did. There is a great moral story in the book, and I think it’s a book every teenager should read. It’s totally safe for them, and there are some quotes in the book that I loved so much. A few of them are:
“…But being prepared for something doesn’t mean you are afraid of that thing.”“…And he wished everything could leave his mind. But unfortunately, the things we wish don’t leave–they come.”“…Be the gold in the dirt and not the dirt in the gold.”“…Never annoy your enemy in his own house.”“…What is meant to happen will surely come to pass. No matter what we do, it can’t be altered.”
There are also some important parts every young person should read. And the book coming from a young writer would make it easier for teens to wrap their head around it and apply the moral lessons this book teaches. I still know my children listen to their friends more than they listen to me.
There was a part of the book where Hasha, king of the eagles, lived with nothing after being exiled by his officials. Instead of committing suicide or giving up like most people would do after losing their family and wealth, he held on. He stayed alive and started getting back on his feet one step at a time till he finally got back his kingdom and rescued his family. This should be a form of motivation for anybody not to give up and be patient enough to accomplish anything.
Charles was able to add African folklore and medieval feel to it too, so anybody from anywhere can totally enjoy the book. And it’s a quick read too. Very classic.
It’s an interesting read, and you should get it for yourself or your kids. If you enjoyed reading books like Lion King, Animal Farm or Chronicles of Narnia, then you should also get this book. Happy Weekend.