5 thoughts on “Mr. King’s Things

  1. Let’s talk recycling. Another lesson for Mr. King (of Mr. King’s Castle) who likes NEW things, LOTS of new things. As soon as anything gets old, he tosses the old thing into the pond. In goes a teapot, a tuba, a chair. Splash goes the wheelbarrow, and this and this and lots of that. When Mr. King isn’t buying NEW things (or tossing away the old) the pond is a peaceful place for fishing. But … Mr. King is almost rocked out of his boat by a sudden tug…

    ….Up comes the scariest-looking thing Mr

  2. As someone else mentioned in another review, the lack of any kind of acknowledgement that throwing your discards into the lake is polluting is troubling. Yes, Mr. King (very suddenly) becomes a recycler, but what will he do with an item he can’t recycle? Will he continue to throw them in the pond?

  3. I thought this would be a hoarder type novel but it took a turn to the materialistic culture where people keep buying new things and thrown out things as soon as they get a little bit old. It was definitely a surprising topic for a kids book but it does definitely have an interesting message. Reuse and recycle, don’t just throw things away.

  4. I’m not sure what I like more about these books: the story or the illustrations. In this one, Me. King likes to get new stuff. When he gets new stuff he likes to throw the old stuff in the pond. Not only will the pond fight back, his friends will help him learn what to do with his old stuff.

  5. In Mr. King’s Things, Genevieve Cote gives a clear message of her view’s on our culture of consumption and it is a lesson that can benefit young readers. Mr. King buys and buys things, and then tosses them away in a nearby pond when he is done with them. In the end, he learns a lesson on recycling and re-using and all is right with the world. While the message is exemplary, I kept wondering why nothing more was mentioned about his blatant polluting and the effects it would have had on the pond.

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