The Definitive Guide to

Little Royal

Written and illustrated by Chelo Manchego
Goodreads Rating - 4.3 / 5.0
List Price
Target Age
Book Type

What's Little Royal About

Publisher Summary

Little Royal is a big fish in a small pond and all the other fish do his bidding. But when he takes his big attitude to other ponds, he learns a valuable lesson about humility and compassion, in this wise and witty picture book for kids ages 4-8.

“I am the very big fish of my very little pond and when I demand: ‘Me! Now!’ all of my very little fish bow down to me. They scrub my tail and blow bubbles on my scales. So, I chant, ‘Long live myself!’ Because I am the biggest and brightest most beautiful fish in the kingdom of Me.”

Little Royal lords over his domain–until he learns from a wandering frog that there are bigger ponds and more exotic creatures elsewhere. His heart propels him to leave his pond to explore them, fully expecting that he will be eminent ruler–but what he encounters turns out to be humbling and uncomfortable, but ultimately very freeing. As Little Royal’s journey unfolds and his world expands, Manchego’s skillful, nuanced watercolor illustrations change from pale and delicate to lush and luminous, speaking to the increasing complexity both of what Little Royal encounters and his conflicting emotions. The effect is profound and poignant.

What Kind of Book is Little Royal

Book Lists That Include Little Royal

Book Lists › feelings and emotions
Fabulous Children's Books About Feelings and Emotions
Book Lists › being bossy
Children's Books About Being Bossy
Book Lists › kindness
Children's Books About Kindness

Who Wrote Little Royal

author & illustrator
Chelo Manchego

Hi! My name is Chelo Manchego and I’m an author-illustrator living in Los Angeles, CA. I grew up in El Salvador and moved to the US when I was eighteen years old. I studied visual arts at Pasadena City College.

My first book, The Want Monsters: And How They Stopped Ruling My World , was inspired by what I learned at a Buddhist meditation center I volunteered at running an arts program for children. I created Little Royal in Ojai, CA. I love spending time in nature. Other places I like to visit are Santa Cruz and Portland—nothing like making art with a cup of hot coco and some rain outside!

View Author

What Has Chelo Manchego Said About Little Royal

Nothing yet! 🤷 You should let Chelo Manchego know that we want more details from them about Little Royal!

Books You Might Enjoy If You Liked Little Royal

To the Sea book
making friends · kindness · problem solving · friendship · being nice · hard work · loneliness
To the Sea
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day book
Australia · anger · feelings and emotions
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse book
Unique Books for Baby Shower Gifts · bullying · kindness · empathy · being nice · diversity · imagination · friendship · horses
Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse
Here We are book
Unique Books for Baby Shower Gifts · kindness · the world · outer space
Here We are
The Princess Who Had No Kingdom book
kindness · princesses · fairy tales
The Princess Who Had No Kingdom
 Sandcastle That Lola Built book
teamwork · kindness · castles · the ocean · building things · the beach
Sandcastle That Lola Built
Great Joy book
homelessness · kindness · the nativity · Christmas · holidays
Great Joy
Three Little Words book
Unique Books for Baby Shower Gifts · love · valentines · family · feelings and emotions · friendship
Three Little Words

Book Details

ISBN 10:
ISBN 13:
Publication Date:
January 1, 2017