THE FOOLISH KING: The Secret History of Chess


Now available in paperbackTHE FOOLISH KING is the first children’s book from Mark Price, former Deputy Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership and current Minister of State for Trade and Investment. Written to teach his daughter how to play chess, THE FOOLISH KING is an interactive story featuring beautiful and funny illustrations throughout from the illustrator of Horrible Histories.

‘One of the most entertaining and inventive introductions to chess
ever created.’

– Lancashire Evening Post

It’s estimated that chess is played by 500 million people in 167 countries and now you can help to create the next generation of chess champions with The Foolish King. The book is the perfect gift for young children to learn how to play one of the world’s most popular games and it’s guaranteed to keep them entertained for hours!

The Foolish King teaches children the chess moves and rules through a fabulous story, with the witty and whimsical illustrations bringing to life the characters. There are fun interactive puzzles to practice the different moves and the ultimate chess game to follow as part of the story.

Paperback edition, published by David Fickling Books on 6th July 2017, £8.99
Suitable for 6+ year olds

Also available in hardback, £10.99, and as an eBook, £7.99
The Foolish King app for iPhone and iPad is free and available to download now from iTunes 
The Foolish King website is free and live now

The app and website also include a free worldwide children’s chess league where players from across the globe can compete for the top spot on the leaderboard. Each season a winner is announced and the next one begins this summer at the end of June! Players can sign up via the app or the website here.



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