Picture Book Review: Mr. King’s Castle by Geneviève Côté


Age Range: 3 – 7 years

Series: Mr. King

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Kids Can Press (August 1, 2013)

Genre: Picture book

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!)

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

Mr. King wants to build himself a BIG castle. So he uses the closest
available material to make the blocks he needs — the land around his
house that just happens to be home to his forest friends. When Mr.
King’s friends make him see what he’s done, he realizes he’s made a BIG
mistake. Can he be king of his castle and a good friend, too? Young
readers will delight in this second adventure of the shortsighted but
well-meaning Mr. King.

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About the Author/Illustrator:

Geneviève Côté has illustrated a number of children’s books, including The Lady of Shalott, by Tennyson, La petite rapporteuse de mots, by Danielle Simard, or her own What Elephant? (Kids Can Press, 2006) and With you always, Little Monday (Harcourt, 2007).

She enjoys meeting young readers and
authors-in–the-making in schools, has taught Creativity classes at
College Salette, in Montreal (2007), and is currently registered with
the program Artists in Schools.
Her editorial art has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, l’Actualité
and other such publications.
She graduated from Concordia University (Montreal, Que) in 1987, and
was president of Quebec’s Association des Illustrateurs in 1993-1995.

She has
won several honours over the years, including the Elisabeth
Mrazik-Cleaver Award in 2005 and the General Governor’s Award for
Illustration in 2007.
She lives in Montreal, Quebec.


My Thoughts:

I just adore these illustrations. I love the use of white space and the
simple, geometric shapes the artist used to make up her pictures.
Seriously cute!

The story is about Mr. King who cuts up the hill he lives on in order to
build a big castle. Once the castle is finished, he realizes that he no
longer has a view and that he ticked off all his friends. So he decides
to put everything back.

I like the moral of this story; that you can’t look out only for your
own pleasure without some major consequences. I like the way Mr. King
realizes his mistake and decides to make things right again, even at the
expense of having a big castle to live in.  This is a good book for
children, to help them see that their actions affect more people than
just themselves and that they might not always like the outcome of their choices.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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  • Reply
    Adriana Garcia
    November 18, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    I've heard of Mr. King's Castle. I really like the moral and the way you describe it because a lot of things in life can pertain to it like environmental concerns today. Nice review!

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