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The King with Six Friends, A Magical Adventure - Alder & Alouette

The King with Six Friends by Jay Williams and Imero Gobbato

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There are many nice things about being a king. But there is one very bad thing. It's hard to find a job if you're out of work. All that a king can do is be a leader, and if you have no kingdom and have no one to lead, then you are out of work.

That's what happened to young King Zar. He was a good king, but young and without much experience. A bold, strong king with many soliders had attacked his kingdom. Young Zar quickly found himself with no country, with no palace or house or even a hut.

Zar had twelve gold pieces, a suit of clothes and a sword. So he set out to find work. The road was long and the world was wide. In Zar's search for a kingdom he met six unusual friends along the way with special, magical powers.  

Just as Zar was there for his new friends, they end up being there for him too. 

Originally published in 1968, the modern fairy tale storyline and fascinating illustrations by Imero Gobbato will draw you in as it has for children for decades.



  • The King with Six Friends
  • Written by Jay Williams and illustrated by Imero Gabbato.
  • Published by Purple House Press, July 17, 2016. 
  • Ages 8 - 12 years
  • 0.4" H x 10.1" L x 7.1" W (0.8 lbs)
  • Hardcover