One day Catalina overhears the king planning to build a wall and fears her family will never be able to visit. Catalina tricks the king into building walls that droop, drip, swirl, and swoosh away. But now the king demands a wall that will outlast even a Twinkie. Luckily, Catalina has the perfect ingredients to bake up a family reunion!
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)|
|Age Range:||3 - 10 Years|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A dear friend (not the author!) recommended this to me and I was glad she did, so now I do the same for you! She has a knack for finding cute children's books, and this is one of the cutest. Illustrated colorfully and prettily by Diana Cojocaru, and written wittily and with a great delight in making choice puns by Patty Costello, it tells the story of a young woman's quiet determination to undermine the isolationist policy of the king. Catalina is cookie-maker to the king and when she learns of his plan to build a wall between his nation and the nation next door (because they're 'different'), she cannot bear the thought of being separated from her family and concocts a series of seditious subterfuges to sabotage the king's plan - and she succeeds! I loved the story, and adored the art. The book is short and very telling, and is most enjoyable. I fully recommend it.
The king wants to build a wall between his kingdom and the neighboring kingdom where Catalina’s family lives. Fearing she will never see them again, Catalina comes up with a plan to thwart the king’s plan. The text flows beautifully and is full of humorous puns, alliteration, and onomatopoeia, while the accompanying watercolor illustrations by Diane Cojocaru are simply gorgeous. On the surface, this is a simple picture book, but it contains commentary on the current political climate. With these varying elements, this story is sure to appeal to children and adults alike. I received this book in return for an honest review. Full blog post (7 May): https://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com/2018/05/catalina-and-the-kings-wall-by-patty-costello.html
Through a fantastical story and loving illustrations, this fairy tale gently touches a topic important in today's world. Catalina loves to bake. Even the King enjoys her treats. One day, she over-hears his plans to build a wall between his and another kingdom. Unfortunately, this means that Catalina will have more trouble visiting her family, who resides in the other kingdom. Maybe she'll never see them again. So she devises a plan. I love the fairy tale atmosphere in this book, which reminds more of the traditional tales. Catalina has a wonderful hobby and is very satisfied with her life. Her only regret is not being able to visit her family more often, since they live in the neighboring kingdom. When she meets the King, he never comes across as evil despite his silly thoughts. He comes across as being simply misguided in his own way. There's a warmth to the tale even when Catalina does her best to come up with various ways to work against the King's wall. There's a definite determination to Catalina's actions, but she never is unkind in how she handles things, nor is the author unkind to the King and how he's presented. In other words, it's a masterfully woven balance. Catalina's plans are very unique and fit well to the intended age group. There are a few small logical areas which made my kids wonder, but nothing which hurt the flow of the story. Catalina's attempted solutions are imaginative and fantastical, bordering on their own form of magic. The illustrations are done with a very personal touch and much love. The colors are bright, and it's easy to follow the story just through the pictures. The text is only a few lines on each page, and fitting for the intended age group. Depending on the background, the words are sometimes placed in a white rectangular area of their own, while other times, are directly on the illustration. While reading the book aloud, this distracted a little (not sure why.) But the tale does make a great bedtime read or is great for a quick story time during the afternoon. Even kids who are a little more sure of reading on their own will enjoy picking it up. While subtle, the message rings clear and nestles in perfectly with the concerns of racism in today's society. Although this is a cute fairy tale, it also is a gentle way to open up a discussion with children about how they view people of different races. I received a complimentary copy and enjoyed it enough to want to leave my honest thoughts.