Magical rewards become a stinky surprise in this fable about gold and happiness.
King Jasper the Magnificent, who wears a wig and mustache that would impress a Baroque monarch, is immensely proud of his rococo crown, crafted by jeweler Thomas Joy. When the crown is destroyed, the king blames Thomas (who was also, strangely, tasked with guarding it). Banished from both the castle and employment, along with his wife and their two children, Thomas lives on the streets, begging for food. A fairy grants the family a rabbit who, when content, poops gold—but, she warns, “make him sad and the magic will go.” The gold poop brings Thomas riches and fame. He once again becomes a jeweler of renown, fashioning “poopopo” jewelry. But when the family fails to keep the rabbit happy, a smelly comeuppance ensues for the Joys and all the wealthy, jewelry-wearing bigwigs. In this picture book, Rey’s (Angelo’s Christmas Present, 2018) potty humor is sure to appeal, and while the Joys and the king are white, bright cartoon illustrations feature the kingdom’s diverse population. Some children may feel concerned when the Joys are on the street, given the way the author drains the color from those images. But the accessible, plain moral—take good care of pets, especially if they poop gold—is clear.
An amusing, original fairy tale that counters greed with gross-out giggles.