On a lush, green land lived a kingdom of deer….Among the herd was a handsome prince with the most stunning and powerful antlers.
This handsome deer prince, Stag, was to inherit the kingdom...but little does he know, being king is a lot of work. And by a lot, I mean a lot .
He was selfish and he only cared about his antlers.
But his father decides to retire anyway and Stag inherits the kingship,and with the crown came all of the responsibilities attached.
I entrust the safety of our herd in your hands. Love and protect them…
But is young Stag ready for such a responsibility? Could he handle the herd in times of trouble?
Well, one thing’s for sure – he’s about to find out.
While King Stag was busy preservation the beauty of his antlers, an unexpected crisis arose.
I rather enjoyed this one! It was fun, sweet and, above all, truly a delight to read.
I love how there’s a moral to this story but it’s not told in a patronizing or pandering way. The young king is put into a situation where he has to decide – his vanity or the fate of his herd?
Stag was given a choice to rise to the occasion or let his people suffer – and I thought this book sends an excellent message to children, that sometimes you just need to step up and do what’s right.
I thought the illustrations were nice, though I’m a bit partial to the illustrations in Caterpillar (Fern’s first novel).
Also, and this is a teeny-tiny thing on my part, but deer regrow their antler’s every year. So Stag’s actions turns more into well-there-goes-this-year’s-antlers rather than a permanent sacrifice.
That being said, I don’t think kids or most people will interpret it that way and I think the message Fern sends out should be taken to heart – that helping others, particularly family, is absolutely essential.
This is my second novel by Errol Fern and I’m absolutely excited to see what he writes next.
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.