Mr. King's Things

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Mr. King likes new things. When his stuff gets the slightest bit old, he just tosses it into the pond. But when a pond monster frightens Mr. King, he must think of new ways to deal with old messes -- with delightful results!
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Overview

Mr. King likes new things. When his stuff gets the slightest bit old, he just tosses it into the pond. But when a pond monster frightens Mr. King, he must think of new ways to deal with old messes -- with delightful results!
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
There’s no faulting the taste of Mr. King, a young lion who wears a crown and has a charming house filled with chairs, teapots, umbrellas, and other objects. It’s his behavior that’s the problem: “As soon as one of his things becomes the tiniest bit old, he tosses it in the nearby pond and replaces it with a new one,” writes Côté as she pictures Mr. King chucking a tuba and chair into the water. Côté’s delightful artwork—which consists of a cast of childlike, crayon-outlined animals populating a cheerful, subtly textured world of swooping hills and pristine waters—makes her message about wastefulness go down easy. The book’s best moment occurs when Mr. King goes fishing and hooks a big ’un: a spread shows “the scariest-looking thing Mr. King has ever seen” launching itself toward the screaming angler (the giant “fish” is made up of Mr. King’s discards, with a coffee table for a head, chairs for a spine, and umbrella tail). While Mr. King’s abashed moment of enlightenment is rushed, it’s still a lighthearted take on the “reuse” component of reduce, reuse, and recycle. Ages 3–7. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Sharon Oliver
This gentle story on the ills of waste and the benefits of recycling is sweet, if slight. Kitty with a crown Mr. King has a penchant for shopping and buying new things. Unfortunately, as soon as his new things become, "the tiniest bit old," into the pond they go. Mr. King likes to fish on the pond as well, though there don't seem to be any fish for him to catch. One day, he finds on his line, "the scariest-looking thing Mr. King has EVER seen!" Mr. King races to shore for a hiding place as his friends gather around the pond in response to the commotion. There, the other animals find that what Mr. King has fished out of the pond is actually a collection of his old things. The animals consider the "jumble sale" to be a great benefit and each animal finds something that he or she can use. When Mr. King reappears, he sets to work reinventing his old things into repurposed things to be enjoyed by all. The multi-media artwork provides a pleasing layered effect, while Mr. King and the other animals have a more hand drawn, childlike construction. A nice introduction to environmental messages and a volume most libraries and families will enjoy. Reviewer: Sharon Oliver
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Mr. King's home is filled with new things. Indeed, when they become "the tiniest bit old," the feline throws them in the pond, where they disappear from sight. Out of sight, out of mind. But one day while he is fishing, a monster emerges from the pond, bringing with it all of Mr. King's old possessions. Frightened, the wastrel runs away and hides while his friends come and pick from his discarded belongings, happily finding ways to reuse them. In the end, with the monster gone, Mr. King emulates his pals and comes to the realization that he also "likes to turn old things into new." Côté's bright and colorful mixed-media illustrations are charming and humorous, and the simple text will appeal to young readers. With a clear message to reuse and recycle, this picture book will supplement recycling collections.—Nancy Jo Lambert, Ruth Borchardt Elementary, Plano, TX
Kirkus Reviews
Mr. King likes to toss out his old things in favor of new ones, until he discovers recycling--with a little help from his friends. A silly cat named Mr. King likes "LOTS of new things." If something becomes a bit old, he "tosses it into the nearby pond and replaces it with a new one." One day, Mr. King goes fishing in the pond, and something really BIG tugs the line. Alarmed, Mr. King pulls hard and hauls in the "scariest-looking thing" he's ever seen. Screaming for help, Mr. King rows frantically to shore, towing the monster behind. While Mr. King hides, his friends arrive. All they find is an assemblage of discarded, useful things. Bert the bear can use the ladder, squirrels Skit and Scat turn a trumpet into a house, Old Jim Elk repairs an umbrella, P.J. the hare collects chairs to seat her family, and Tex the fox claims a table. When Mr. King discovers the monster is really his discarded stuff, he's embarrassed and opts to make some new things from the old. Busy, cheery mixed-media illustrations in blues, greens and yellows rely on flat patterns and loose outlines to humorously highlight foolish Mr. King's progression from thoughtless wasting to frantic overreacting to resourceful recycling. Waste not, want not. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554537006
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,018,508
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 9.47 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Geneviève C?té is a Montreal artist whose illustrations have graced the pages of publications such as the New York Times and the Boston Globe. Her books have received three nominations for the Governor General's Award for Illustration, one of which went on to win, and she has also won the the Elisabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award.

Geneviève C?té is a Montreal artist whose illustrations have graced the pages of publications such as the New York Times and the Boston Globe. Her books have received three nominations for the Governor General's Award for Illustration, one of which went on to win, and she has also won the the Elisabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award.

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