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The King's Crown

On the eve of the Queen’s retirement, Berkley, the Palace Butler, cleans the crown ready for the coronation. Curiosity gets the better of him and he tries the crown on and imagines being King, only to realise it won’t come off. The Palace Chef, Hairdresser, Mechanic, even the Queen’s Guards try to help, but the crown is not budging.

(13 customer reviews)


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On the eve of Queen Betty’s retirement, Berkley, the Palace Butler, cleans the crown ready for the coronation of her heir: Prince Chuck. Curiosity gets the better of Berkley and he tries the crown on. The Butler imagines what it would be like to be King, until he’s rudely interrupted by the Prince’s bell – summoning him. He quickly tries to take the crown off, but it won’t move. It’s stuck. Tight.

He runs to the kitchen and asks the Queen’s Chef for help. They pour lots of oily sauces on to Berkley’s head in order to make the crown slide off – but it won’t move. Next, he tries Her Majesty’s Salon. The stylist thinks lots of shampoo and bubbles will shift it, but again, the crown doesn’t budge. Berkley then visits Buckingham Garage and even the Queen’s Royal Guards have a go, but whatever they try – the crown stays put. No crown means no coronation.

Realising he has no choice, Berkley decides to tell the truth and makes his way back to Prince Chuck at the Palace. En route, he walks past the Royal Nursery, where children are playing in fancy dress, as astronauts, superheroes, dragons and princesses. This gives Berkley an idea. A very clever idea. Enlisting the help of the royal children, Berkley and his new friends embark on a plan to find a crown and save the coronation.

Additional information

Weight N/A



Onion Custard Kids

Interest Age

from 4 to 8 years

Reading Age

from 4 to 8 years


JUVENILE FICTION / Bedtime & Dreams




The King's Crown Series

13 reviews for The King’s Crown

  1. Ade Bowen

    This is fun. My kids liked the humour and the silly things the butler tries to do to get the crown off his head. Beautifully illustrated, a fun quick bedtime read.

  2. Claire

    Such a wonderful book, a family favourite. My son loves it and it’s always one of his go to books. Highly recommend 👑

  3. Emma Rockett

    We were gifted The King’s Crown for Christmas from my sister in England; as a former Brit I enjoyed this comical kids book a lot myself and my two children (6&3yrs) find the words and pictures combined just hilarious and giggle along like crazy. It’s become a fast favourite at our house all the way over in Canada. ..We’re hoping to find out what happens to the crown still stuck on Berkley’s head!!

  4. Vicky Frizzell

    We were sent this book to Canada as a gift from family in Wales. We have three boys and they absolutely loved reading The King’s Crown, and we were all laughing out loud at the funniest points. It’s one we will reach for repeatedly. Def recommend!

  5. Louise

    My daughters absolutely love this book! It’s definitely one of their favourites to choose at story time!

  6. Amanda Jane

    Beautifully written and illustrated. Really captures my childrens’ imaginations and we absolutely love reading this together. Now my daughter’s favourite book!

  7. Maggie

    A lovely amusing story read to our grandchildren, holding their attention to the unexpected ending!

  8. Olivia McLaren

    Our nephew enjoyed it so much, we purchased a 2nd copy for our friend’s daughter – they have both loved the book and its characters! They are hoping there will be more books in the series to find out if what they thought happened next is true. It inspired their imagination, which was lovely to see. Would recommend for all young ages, as the illustrations are engaging for the little ones and the text easy to follow for those who are learning to read.

  9. Liz French

    A family favourite already. A book that is one that you can read over and over with such lovely characters and illustrations. A brilliant read 🙂

  10. Lucy

    My little one is obsessed with books and she really enjoyed this one. It’s an engaging story that encouraged her to ask a lot of questions and the beautiful illustrations let her retell the story as she can’t read yet. We are already looking forward to another book!

  11. Valerie Davies

    Great book. My granddaughter love ready this book with me and we have fun doing all the actions

  12. Julian Davis

    Engaged my 4 year old with the story and the illustration. He now wants to know what will happen to the crown that’s stuck on his head? Lots of opportunity for guessing what might happen next and counting (Corgis!).

  13. Anonymous

    My friends children thoroughly enjoyed this bedtime story!!

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