Mr. King’s Things

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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 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!

Though he doesn’t  know it yet, it’s a colossal  jumble of all the things he’s ever thrown away.  A colossal CLUMP!   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.

Mr. King is 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, and so am I.

This is a fresh and cheerful book with a worthwhile message, and a good one to recommend.

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Mr. King’s Castle

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MR. KING’S CASTLE – view on Amazon

by Geneviève Coté; published (2013) by Kids Can Press

An environmentally conscious theme about Mr. King who likes BIG things.

Mr. King lives on top of a BIG hill; he wants to build a BIG castle. The bigger the better. Chop! Chop!  Chop!  Mr. King has chopped down the BIG hill on which he lives, block by block. But at his BIG castle window….

“Hmm… there isn’t much of a view,” says Mr. King.

There isn’t much of a hill, either.  It’s gone and his friends aren’t happy!

“What happened to my favourite napping spot?” says Harriet.

“Where are the flowers?” wonders Old Jim Elk.

“What happened to the grass I eat?” asks P.J. 

“…where’s our secret stash of nuts?” cry Skit and Skat.

Everyone is staring at Mr. King looking on from his BIG, BIG window.  Suddenly, he isn’t feeling big at all.  And he’ll have to make a BIG decision, one that saves the day.

Good job, Mr. King!  Good job by author Geneviève Coté, too, bringing home this all important message. No preachiness, just plain sweetness and fun with the utmost simplicity.  Mr. King, all smug smiles and innocence, is adorable.

Amongst her many other wins, Geneviève has won the Governor General’s Award for illustration (Canada’s highest honor).

Click here for Geneviève’s website.

Read an excerpt of Mr. King’s Castle at Kids Can Press (one of my favourite publishers) or here, at Amazon.