***The King and the Castle
by Peter O. Kruckmann
illustrations by Annette Roeder
translated by Rosie Jackson
Reviewed April 20, 2004.
Prestel Verlag, Munich, 2001. 29 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (J 725.17 KRU).
I like the text of this book even better than the adult book, Neuschwanstein,
I’m reviewing in the same issue of Sonderbooks, although the photographs
are not as stunning. Since this is a children’s book, it tells the story
of King Ludwig of Bavaria in clear, straightforward language. I didn’t
know that Ludwig was fascinated with buildings and castles even as a small
child. He had a set of blocks and built a model of a famous arch in
The book goes on to tell of Ludwig’s early ascent to the throne and his
fascination with fairy tales. It shows early sketches of the plans
for Neuschwanstein, and then explains some of the difficulties of the building
process. Then it shows the different rooms of the castle, with sketches
and photographs, and tells about the wonderful setting. It ends by
touching on Ludwig’s mysterious death.
is the perfect souvenir book for adults, The King and the Castle,
is ideal for kids. This would be a great book for children (and adults)
to read before visiting Neuschwanstein, so they know what to expect and can
look for some of the fairy tale themes.
Copyright © 2004 Sondra Eklund.
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