A humorous poem with one couplet on every monarch from William the Conqueror to Elizabeth the Second. * Purple/ Band 8 books offer developing readers literary language, with some challenging vocabulary. * Text type - A poem. * Curriculum links - History: `Pupils should be taught about ... events beyond living memory that are significant nationally'. * A royal timeline on pages 22-23, showing dates on the throne of all monarchs, allows children to place the poem in context.