Parents' Guide to

King Matt the First

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Boy king tries to give kids same rights as adults.

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Is It Any Good?

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Though obviously impossible, the story is surprisingly realistic, and it deals with the problems and pitfalls of governing a country in a way that is an eye-opener for children. Kids recognize Matt's attempted reforms as the very same ones they would try, and the consequences are as surprising to them as they are to Matt.

This should be read with an adult; there is much in it that cries out for discussion, much that will make the reader angry and frustrated, much that will exercise their notions of fairness, responsibility, laws, rights, and human behavior. It is an exciting story, educational in a way that few books manage to be, and exceptionally thought-provoking. It is recommended not only to parents looking for good books for their kids, but to teachers who want the ideal literature tie-in for any course dealing with law, government, and institutions. It is an important work whose past neglect in America deserves to be remedied.

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