A Tiny King lives alone in a big castle with plenty of soldiers around to protect him. At a huge table, there is far too much food to eat and when he takes a bath in his giant-sized bathtub, there is no one to splash around with and have a good time. Bothered by his loneliness, the Tiny King does not get much sleep in his large bed.
But after marrying and having a large family, everything changes for this ruler of the realm. With colorful cutouts and collage pieces, Japanese artist Taro Miura has created a children's picture book that enables us to see that excess does not take away the pain of loneliness and that sadness can only be remedied by deeper and richer relationships with others. The Tiny King is designed for children from two to seven years of age.