Check­mate

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AN in­no­va­tive, in­ter­ac­tive sto­ry­book, The Fool­ish King: The Se­cret History of Chess, pub­lished by David Fick­ling Books (£10.99), de­tails the mag­i­cal ori­gins of the world-pop­u­lar game as a spec­ta­tor sport be­tween teams of talk­ing in­sects.

The first chil­dren’s book from Mark Price, In­ter­na­tional Trade Min­is­ter and for­mer MD of Waitrose—who wanted to find a fun way to teach his daugh­ter how to play chess—the Fool­ish King is ac­com­pa­nied by an ipad app, which fea­tures tu­to­ri­als, tips and chess games that can be played in three dif­fer­ent lev­els.

Chil­dren may recog­nise the style of The Fool­ish King’s il­lus­tra­tions: they are by Martin Brown, best known for bring­ing the gory ‘Hor­ri­ble His­to­ries’ se­ries to life.

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