Mr. King's Things by Genevieve Cote

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Mr. King is a cat who likes new things. In fact, "LOTS of new things. As soon as one of his things becomes the tiniest bit old, he tosses it into the nearby pond and replaces it with a new one." Happily, this works just fine for a while. But then one day while attempting to fish in this same pond, Mr. King is terrified when he pulls up what he believes is a gigantic monster. Only it turns out it's not a monster at all. It's a tangle of his own discarded things, come back to scare him! Genevi?ve C?t? has created a terrific introduction to the causes and effects of pollution and overconsumption with this lively and funny picture book. As with so many big ideas, the environmental message here is quite simple and easy to understand when explained at a child's-eye view. The story is gentle, humorous and not at all preachy, and the artwork is clean and open, with most of the visual focus on Mr. King and his range of intense emotions. The ways Mr. King finds to repurpose all of his resurrected things at the end of the book could inspire all kinds of classroom discussions about what efforts children might make to recycle their things for other people or other uses, as well as how not to waste things in general. It could also work as a jumping-off point for a project turning children's found objects into their own works of art.
 

About Genevieve Cote

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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.
 
Published August 1, 2012 by Kids Can Press, Ltd.. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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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 f...

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City Book Review

Mr. King’s friends saved some of his things for Mr. King, and they liked his old things.

Oct 09 2012 | Read Full Review of Mr. King's Things

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