A young king can’t stand by when a monster terrorizes a neighboring country…but adventures can be dangerous.
King Edwin Flashypants is just 9, so he still administers his country, Edwinland, with the help of Minister Jill (who has some less-than-yummy ideas about vegetables) and Megan the Jester (who shares Edwin’s love of candy). When a hermit named Baxter comes running into the village (seemingly wearing only a beard), Edwin learns the many-eyed Voolith is attacking the people of Crong, which is situated north of neighboring Nurbisonia. Something must be done! Meanwhile, the wicked Emperor Nurbison of Nurbisonia is enjoying the influx of new subjects fleeing the Voolith. Nurbison hatches the kind of dastardly, evil plan he’s famous for (in his own mind, at least) to rid himself of Edwin and gain control of everything. Can the many candy shops of Edwinland be preserved? Riley’s second King Flashypants tale of folderol and foolishness is as much fun as the first (think Monty Python and the Holy Grail for 7-year-olds), with a bit of poo-humor thrown in for giggles. The author’s cartoon illustrations combine with occasional trickery of typesetting to hit the right mix of deadpan and slapstick. Minister Jill and Baxter appear to have dark skin, while the rest of the primary characters are pale; background characters are diverse.
The setup for Volume 3 at the close means more medieval mischief on the way; cue further chortles. (Humor. 7-10)