Cote, Genevieve. Mr. King’s Things, PICTURE BOOK. Kids Can Press Ltd., 2012. $16.95. Content: G.
Mr. King likes to buy new things. He uses the pond by his home as a garbage pit for all of his old things when he is done with them. When fishing one day, he snags a “monster” made from all of his old things and runs away. Along with his friends, Mr. King decides to find new uses for his old things.
I was really interested in this story at first. As a former elementary teacher, I was thinking of all sorts of questions I could ask my students as a read aloud. The end however, was very anticlimactic and stops short. Mr. King seems to randomly change his mind, without any reasoning. I thought that there could have been so much more explored about environmental respect or at the very least, an appreciation for what you already have.
EL (K-3) –OPTIONAL. Reviewed by: Shay, Library Media Specialist