MR. KING’S THINGS – view on Amazon
by Geneviève Coté; published (2012) by Kids Can Press
Let’s talk recycling. Another lesson for Mr. King (of Mr. King’s Castle) who likes NEW things, LOTS of new things. As soon as anything gets old, he tosses the old thing into the pond. In goes a teapot, a tuba, a chair. Splash goes the wheelbarrow, and this and this and lots of that. When Mr. King isn’t buying NEW things (or tossing away the old) the pond is a peaceful place for fishing. But …. Mr. King is almost rocked out of his boat by a sudden tug…
….Up comes the scariest-looking thing Mr. King has EVER seen!
“HELP! A MONSTER!” cries Mr. King. Though he doesn’t know it yet, it’s a jumble of all the things he’s ever thrown away. A colossal CLUMP! Oh! What a catch! ( And a catch for his furry friends, as well.)
“Look!” says Skit. “We found a table, a teapot, six chairs, a tuba…”
“…and we saved some nice things for you!” says Skat.
Well! Mr. King is most embarrassed. He eyes his old things in a whole NEW light. He has ideas to make NEW things out of the old. And everyone is happy, as am I.
A fresh and cheerful book with a worthwhile message, and a good one to recommend.