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By Caldecott-Medal Winner Matthew Cordell

All Hail the King! 9.25.18

Matthew Cordell, Caldecott award-winning author and illustrator of the New York Times-bestselling Wolf in the Snow, delivers yet another warm and delightful picture book in King Alice. 

Alice and her family are stuck indoors on a snowy day. Alice loves to read, and when her dad suggests that she make her own book, she snaps out of her "I'm bored" mode and makes up a story that lasts till the lights go out later that night. 

Here is a book that celebrates books, reading, and an imaginative way that one family handles being housebound.

Praise for King Alice

A Junior Library Guild Selection


★ "Cordell’s title pays delightful homage to books, writing, and illustrating while revealing a happy, pajama-clad family spending a fun-filled, though frenetic, day together." —Booklist, starred review

"This delightful book-within-a-book will inspire domestic mayhem while enduring a snow day. A must-have." - School Library Journal

"Cordell knows how children speak." - Publishers Weekly


About the Author

Matthew Cordell is author and illustrator of the New York Times-bestselling Wolf in the Snow, winner of the Caldecott Medal; Trouble Gum; Another Brotherhello! hello!; and Wish. He has illustrated the books of renowned authors including Philip Stead (Special Delivery, Only Fish in the Sea), Rachel Vail (the Justin Case series), and Gail Carson Levine (Forgive Me, I Meant To Do It). He lives outside of Chicago with his wife, the novelist Julie Halpern, and their two children.


Date Time Location City, State
September 24, 2018 5:00 PM Turnrow Books Jackson, MS
September 26, 2018 6:00 PM Avid Bookshop Athens, GA
September 29, 2018 10:30 AM Quail Ridge Books Raleigh, NC
September 30, 2018 3:00 PM BookPeople Austin, TX

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More from Matthew Cordell


Winner of the 2018 Caldecott Medal

A New York Times Bestseller
A National Public Radio Best Book of 2017
Horn Book Magazine Best Book of 2017
School Library Journal Best Book of 2017
Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2017
A Boston Globe Best Book of 2017
A Huffington Post Best Book of 2017

Don’t miss Matthew Cordell’s stunning Wolf in the Snow, a New York Times-bestseller and winner of the 2018 Caldecott Medal. When a girl who is lost in a snowstorm meets a wolf cub who is also alone and scared, she helps him, even though she too is far from home. How the cub’s family repays her will leave readers of all ages appreciating the power of kindness and the warmth of home.

Praise for Wolf in the Snow

★ "The girl's story is a hero's journey, and Cordell tells it with skill and heart." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

★ "This nearly wordless picture book is a tender, never precious story of kindness and cooperation. Expect this wintry tale to bring only warmth." —Booklist, starred review

★ “A heartwarming adventure about helping others, best shared one-on-one to pore over the engaging images." —School Library Journal, starred review

★ "What distinguishes this book are the many feelings that Cordell's pen-and-ink-with-watercolor illustrations capture so well—cold, fear, courage, exhaustion, relief—keeping readers hooked to the end. Deeply satisfying." Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★ "Cordell’s pen-and-ink illustrations balance detail and emotion...The setting is brought to life through changing sky colors, cold breaths, and extensive snowscapes in watercolors." —The Horn Bookstarred review

"Beautifully paced....ultimately reassuring." —The Wall Street Journal

"This winner of the 2018 Caldecott Medal underscores the power of illustration to develop a sweetly suspenseful plot, full range of emotion and core belief in getting beyond 'me first.'" —San Francisco Chronicle

"Reminiscent of William Steig's Brave Irene, Cordell's book is a perfect choice for the dark days of winter." —IndieBound 

"Wisely retaining the natural tension and suspicions that exist between human and wolf, Cordell subverts the dynamic by allowing his characters to defy their instincts and find the strength within them to offer kindness under duress." —Huffington Post