King for a Day by Rukhsana Khan, illustrated by Christiane Kromer is a Pakistani story that commemorates Spring. Basant is the celebration of the kites. Our hero, Malik is disabled and in a wheel chair, but he makes beautiful and strong kites. We follow Malik and his brother and sister through the kite-fighting day.
The illustrations are rendered in mixed media collage. The pencil drawings are captivating and the colorful paper, material and bits are splendid. The combination of muted papers with the collage pieces are stunning. The story is how Malik overcomes the bully in the neighborhood to go on and win the King of Basant title for the day. This title will be used with First Graders and older students. It's a new tale that gives us a peek into a day of festivity in Pakistan.