Mr. King likes new things. When his stuff gets the slightest bit old, he just tosses it into the pond. But when a pond monster frightens Mr. King, he must think of new ways to deal with old messes — with delightful results!
There s no faulting the taste of Mr. King, a young lion who wears a crown and has a charming house filled with chairs, teapots, umbrellas, and other objects. It s his behavior that s the problem: As soon as one of his things becomes the tiniest bit old, he tosses it in the nearby pond and replaces it with a new one, writes C t as she pictures Mr. King chucking a tuba and chair into the water. C t s delightful artwork which consists of a cast of childlike, crayon-outlined animals populating a cheerful, subtly textured world of swooping hills and pristine waters makes her message about wastefulness go down easy. 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 for a spine, and umbrella tail). While Mr. King s abashed moment of enlightenment is rushed, it s still a lighthearted take on the reuse component of reduce, reuse, and recycle. Ages 3 7.