I remember watching King Rollo on Nickelodeon back in the 1980s. We also had a couple of the books. It seems like a lot of people don’t remember it, so I was very excited when I saw a set of King Rollo books on Amazon.
The Adventures of King Rollo is a set of four little hardcover books written and illustrated by David McKee. They come packaged nicely in a sturdy cardboard slipcase.
King Rollo and the Bread shows King Rollo trying to improve upon a farmer’s simple meal of bread by having his Magician change the bread into many different foods. The moral of this story is that simple is sometimes best.
King Rollo and the Birthday has King Rollo making a birthday card for his friend Queen Gwen. He’s afraid that his homemade card won’t be as nice as one from the store, but the lesson here is that things you make yourself are special.
King Rollo and the New Shoes is about King Rollo receiving a new pair of lace-up shoes, and he needs to learn how to tie them.
King Rollo and King Frank features a playdate between Rollo and Frank. Initially, King Rollo is not particularly happy about Frank coming over, but he ends up having a nice time. The moral of this story is that giving people a chance might lead to finding out that you have a lot in common with them.
The illustrations are bright and colorful, and there is a picture on every page. King Rollo’s mannerisms are very child-like, but he looks like an adult. For the most part, he is easy for children to relate to because they share similar struggles. King Rollo is joined by a cast of secondary characters such as Magician and Cook who help him out when he starts to struggle.
My girls loved these books and thought they were very silly. They especially liked the Birthday book because they almost always make birthday cards for their friends rather than buying them.
I would absolutely recommend The Adventures of King Rollo. Each book is short, so they are ideal for young children whose attention span is still being formed. My girls are already in elementary school, but they still had fun reading these books with me. Most of the King Rollo books are out of print, and most of the content on YouTube is in German, so it’s nice to be able to share an obscure childhood favorite with my children.