Côté, Geneviève. Mr. King’s Castle. Book Review.

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Mr. King, a cat, decides he’s going to make his little house into a big castle. He takes a pair of scissors and cut blocks out of the landscape. By the time has finished building his castle, the environment is completely destroyed. When he learns how negatively this has impacted his friends, he returns everything back to its original state with their help. There is one piece left over and his friends add it to the rooftop of his house.

The pictures are a combination of watercolor wash with stamping, collage, and drawing. The characters are whimsical and endearing, somewhat similar to the original drawings of Winnie the Pooh.

My 22-month-old granddaughter was emotionally engaged with this story throughout. It is a good introduction to the decimation of the planet caused by greed and overconsumption. Of course, in the real world, we just can’t put the environment back when we realize our mistake. However, for a small child, the ending is appropriate.


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