Big PB Planet applause for The King and the Seed by Eric Maddern, illustrated by Paul Hess (Frances Lincoln Limited, 2009). In this engaging Euro-medieval retelling of the classic Chinese folktale, a childless and elderly king announces a competition to choose his heir. Knights, lords, and nobles gather, as does a curious farmer's boy, Jack, who just wants to watch the expected tournament. But when the king passes out seeds instead of swords, the farmer's son decides to give it a try... Creative, rich illustrations and a likable main character will prod this toward the re-read stack for sure. Zoom on over to your home planet and bring it back to your home planet today!