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King Matt the First

(1923)
A novel by

 
 
King Matt the First, one of Korczak's most beloved tales, is the story of a boy who becomes king and sets out to reform his kingdom. He decrees that all children are to be given a piece of chocolate at the end of each day. He visits faraway lands and befriends cannibal kings. Whenever his ministers tell him something's impossible, he puts them in jail. He disguises himself as a soldier and becomes a hero. But, as in real life, fantasy is tempered by reality:Matt's fellow kings become jealous of his success--and in the end, Matt falls, although it's clear that he was the greatest king there ever was.

Now this rediscovered classic is available again, and with a vibrant new cover by award-winning artist Brian Selznick. This timeless tale shows that only through the honesty and spontaneity of children can grown-ups begin to imagine and to create a better world.


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"We need King Matt now, in our world, more than ever." - Maurice Sendak


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Hardback Editions

January 1989 : USA Hardback
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Title: King Matt the First
Author(s): Janusz Korczak
ISBN: 0-517-69308-9 / 978-0-517-69308-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing
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March 1986 : USA Hardback
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Title: King Matt the First
Author(s): Janusz Korczak
ISBN: 0-374-34139-7 / 978-0-374-34139-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
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Paperback Editions

October 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: King Matt The First (Vintage Childrens Classics)
Author(s): Janusz Korczak
ISBN: 1-78487-053-6 / 978-1-78487-053-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage Children's Classics
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August 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: King Matt The First (Vintage Originals)
Author(s): Janusz Korczak
ISBN: 0-09-948886-8 / 978-0-09-948886-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage Classics
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October 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: King Matt the First
Author(s): Janusz Korczak
ISBN: 1-56512-442-1 / 978-1-56512-442-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Algonquin Books
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April 1988 : USA Paperback
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Title: King Matt the First
Author(s): Janusz Korczak
ISBN: 0-374-52077-1 / 978-0-374-52077-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
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Kindle Editions

June 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: King Matt the First
Author(s): Janusz Korczak
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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August 2011 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: King Matt The First (Vintage Originals)
Author(s): Janusz Korczak
Publisher: Vintage Digital
Availability: Amazon UK