King for a Day

King for a Day Review

Basant is here, with feasts and parties to celebrate the arrival of spring. But what Malik is looking forward to most is doing battle from his rooftop with Falcon, the special kite he has built for speed. Today is Malik’s chance to be the best kite fighter, the king of Basant.

In two fierce battles, Malik takes down the kites flown by the bully next door. Then Malik moves on, guiding Falcon into leaps, swirls, and dives, slashing strings and plucking kites from the sky. By the end of the day, Malik has a big pile of captured kites. He is the king! But then the bully reappears, trying to take a kite from a girl in the alley below. With a sudden act of kingly generosity, Malik finds the perfect way to help the girl.

This lively, contemporary story introduces readers to a centuries-old festival and the traditional sport of kite fighting, and to a spirited, determined young boy who masters the sport while finding his own way to face and overcome life’s challenges.

Title:King for a Day
Edition Language:English

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  • Elisabeth

    I wish this were more about Basant and less about a bully. Although the note at the end is informative and interesting -- I wanted more festival! ...

  • Luisa Knight

    It's an interesting story and worth the read. I found the writing/story a little disjointed at the beginning which is why I gave it just the two stars.Ages: 5 - 9Cleanliness: there is a bully in the s...

  • Heather

    I loved this book. The illustrations are stunning, & I love that the illustrations show you Malik is in a wheelchair, but that's not the focus of the story. This is Malik's story, & he is focused on B...

  • Tasha

    It is Basant in the city of Lahore, Pakistan and Malik has only made one kite to use in the kite battles over the city. Malik is still sure of himself though, eager to show how fast his Falcon kite is...

  • Barbara

    Basant celebrates the arrival of spring in Pakistan, and one boy, Malik, has designed an especially sound kite that he uses in several kite battles. Older readers of The Kite Runner will recognize the...

  • Maria Rowe

    I had never heard of Basalt: the kite festival in South Asia that celebrates the beginning of spring where people have kite battles. This book takes places in Lahore, Pakistan and traditionally the st...

  • Steph

    Today I read this book to my third grade students, and although the setting of the picture book is Pakistan, I presumed the illustrations with "foreign" script were in Pashto or Urdu. When my kids loo...

  • Cathy

    Basant is here, with feasts and parties to celebrate the arrival of spring. But what Malik is looking forward to most is doing battle from his rooftop with Falcon, the special kite he has built for sp...

  • KitaabWorld.com

    In this beautifully illustrated book, the textured landscapes of Lahore come alive to celebrate the spring festival of Basant with a kite flying competition. Malik, a young disabled boy, too has been ...

  • Mary

    Well told story introducing readers to the spring kite festival of Basant. The setting is Lahore, Pakistan, and the protagonist is a wheel chair-bound Muslim child. He triumphs in the festival feels l...