Rulers of the Playground (Hardcover)

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By Joseph Kuefler, Joseph Kuefler (Illustrator)
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Jonah and Lennox both want to be rulers of the playground. However, the other kids aren't too thrilled with the "Rulers", especially Augustine and her dog, Sir Hamilton Humphrey. Lines are drawn, pinkie promises are made, and sides are taken in this delightful new picture book by Joseph Kuefler.

— Jen Steele


A stunning picture book about sharing, friendship, and kindness in a playground setting from Joseph Kuefler, the author/illustrator of Beyond the Pond. Perfect for fans of Jon Klassen and Oliver Jeffers.

One morning, Jonah decided to become ruler of the playground.

Everyone agreed to obey his rules to play in King Jonah’s kingdom . . .

Everyone except for Lennox . . . because she wanted to rule the playground, too.

A gloriously rendered, hilariously deadpan tale of playground politics.

Praise For…

“Children struggling with tyrants (or the impulse to dictate) will find both laughter and comfort in Kuefler’s playground, full of recognizable experiences, faces, and feelings....winning satire for the jungle-gym set.”

“[A] playful lesson in camaraderie and social etiquette”

Praise for BEYOND THE POND: “A witty, auspicious debut…[with] echoes of Jon Klassen and Wes Anderson.”

Praise for BEYOND THE POND: “[A] tale of transformation and wonder…reminiscent of Sendak’s Max and his Wild Things.”

Praise for BEYOND THE POND: “This lovely picture book is a tribute to imagination and the wonder in everyday spaces…will resonate with young readers
Product Details
ISBN: 9780062424327
ISBN-10: 0062424327
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: April 18th, 2017
Pages: 48
Language: English