The paper kingdom / by Helena Ku Rhee ; illustrated by Pascal Campion.

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      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Accompanying his parents to their night-shift jobs as office cleaners, young Daniel reluctantly joins in as they use their imaginations to transform the deserted building into a magnificent paper kingdom where he might one day rule.
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    • ABNT:
      RHEE, H. K.; CAMPION, P. The paper kingdom. First edition. [s. l.]: Random House, 2020. ISBN 9780525644613. Disponível em: Acesso em: 24 out. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Rhee HK, Campion P. The Paper Kingdom. First edition. Random House; 2020. Accessed October 24, 2020.
    • APA:
      Rhee, H. K., & Campion, P. (2020). The paper kingdom (First edition.). Random House.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Rhee, Helena Ku, and Pascal Campion. 2020. The Paper Kingdom. First edition. Random House.
    • Harvard:
      Rhee, H. K. and Campion, P. (2020) The paper kingdom. First edition. Random House. Available at: (Accessed: 24 October 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Rhee, HK & Campion, P 2020, The paper kingdom, First edition., Random House, viewed 24 October 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Rhee, Helena Ku, and Pascal Campion. The Paper Kingdom. First edition., Random House, 2020. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Rhee, Helena Ku, and Pascal Campion. The Paper Kingdom. First edition. Random House, 2020.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Rhee HK, Campion P. The paper kingdom [Internet]. First edition. Random House; 2020 [cited 2020 Oct 24]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2019 December #1

*Starred Review* Parents in picture books may be seen coming from or going to work, but they're rarely seen at work, especially with jobs that are backbreaking and poorly paid. This picture book, like Karen Hesse's Night Job (2018), shows parents on the night shift doing janitorial work. Here a family of three lives in an apartment so small that their little boy, Daniel, must sleep in a corner of the room. We see how fragile the social support is for them when the babysitter cancels, and the parents, who clean an office building at night, must take a very tired Daniel to work with them, driving their old, beat-up car. The illustrations, done by renowned French American artist Campion, are wonderful at showing both the reality of work (the parents sweat and sneeze and struggle) and a luminous imaginary world (the building they enter looks like a menacing robot's gigantic head), complete with traces of friendly dragons—a fiction that the parents create in order to help get their boy through the night. The ending delivers a socially conscious message, with the boy resolving to be nice to the dragons (aka workers) when he becomes the Paper King (boss) one day. Enchanting and powerful. Grades K-2. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2020 #2

Daniel usually stays home and sleeps when his parents go to work as night janitors for a corporation, but when one evening his babysitter can’t come, he must go to work with them. They try to keep sleepy Daniel entertained by telling him that the office is a Paper Kingdom: the conference room is a “throne room”; the bosses are a king and queen who send paper to everyone in the kingdom and preside over the dragons, who are “small and friendly” but very messy. Daniel’s parents hope he will someday become a king who will “tell the dragons to be nice and neat.” The boy rapidly intuits the power imbalances and questions why some people make messes that others must clean. Campion’s colorful, impressionistic illustrations, awash with warmth and light, show paper drifts, messy kitchens, and dragons hiding behind bathroom stalls. Subtle facial expressions convey the family members’ closeness (and, via the sweat on Mom’s brow, their hard work), while creative use of shadow and perspective captures the largeness of the space and the intimacy of imaginary play between parents and child. As his mom and dad busily clean their way through the office spaces, Daniel’s wide-eyed, feet-planted observation invites readers to likewise contemplate the hierarchies and invisible labor of spaces they inhabit. Julie Hakim Azzam March/April 2020 p.70 Copyright 2020 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

PW Reviews 2019 November #1

"Mama and Papa were night janitors," writes Rhee (The Turtle Ship), who bases this story on her own experiences growing up. "When they got ready for work, Daniel got ready for sleep" across the cozy room from where his mother is cooking. But tonight, the person who usually watches Daniel can't come, and Daniel's parents have asked the upstairs neighbors for "too many favors." The child must leave his bed and accompany them. The security guard looks the other way, and Daniel's parents get to work cleaning a corporate office, telling their son it's "The Paper Kingdom" ruled by two monarchs and inhabited by dragons. Dad makes jokes and Mama says of the dragons, "They don't mean to be naughty," while gentle digital images by Campion (Good Morning, City) depict a bright, fluorescent-lit space. But the kingdom is a mess: the board room is littered with papers, the kitchen is a "disaster," and the work is obviously grueling. "It made Daniel feel hurt inside" to watch his parents labor in the middle of the night, and he rails about the unfairness of their having to clean up after others. Rhee ends on an upbeat note (maybe one day Daniel will be king, and "tell the dragons to be nice and neat"), and her story offers both a meaningful portrayal of one working-class experience and an image of a loving, hardworking family. Age 3–7. Author's agent: Bill Contardi, Brandt & Hochman Literary. Illustrator's agent: Justin Rucker, Shannon Assoc. (Feb.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.