The king’s soldiers are powerless to protect him from the fearsome monsters he keeps seeing around him, until Peter points out exactly where they are coming from and what their true nature is.
As a kid, I was simultaneously entranced and creeped out by this book. As an adult, I realized that I was a weird kid and there’s nothing remotely scary about this book. It’s a fun, silly story with fun, silly illustrations. It’s a solid addition to a bookshelf if you find it for pretty cheap or an enjoyable book to check out from the local library sometime.
Hilary Knight, son of artist-writers Clayton Knight and Katharine Sturges, was educated at the Art Students League, where he studied with Reginald Marsh. Besides the Eloise books, Hilary Knight has illustrated more than fifty books for children, six of which he wrote himself. He lives and works in New York City, not far from The Plaza Hotel.