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Mister King
Siekkinen, Raija, 1953-
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Herra Kuningas. English
A lonely king searches his seaside kingdom for subjects.
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Translation of : Herra Kuningas.
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A lonely king searches his seaside kingdom for subjects.

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Booklist Review

Ages 6-8. On the shore of a distant sea lives a little king in a treasure trove of a house, surrounded by beauty, but aware only of his own loneliness. In his ego-centered world even nature's glories are lost; he doesn't even notice the fine sunset. The little king tries to conscript subjects, but the fishermen, far out at sea, don't even hear him. Then, one morning on his doorstep, a huge, furry cat appears. Surveying the domain the cat ``liked the poems that the books whispered to each other in the dimness of the library.'' Deciding to stay, the cat settles in and issues brusque commands for food, bed, and a fire on the hearth. The king hastens to meet the feline's needs, never noticing in his new freedom from loneliness that although he's the king, he is now serving the cat. But their companionship reawakens the king's delight in sunsets, snowfalls, and the moon that glides across the sky. The story line, conveying a gentle message about the value of having someone to care for and the dignity of service, is skillfully enhanced by Taina's watercolor illustrations. The richness of his palette is a feast balanced by delicacy and subtlety of detail. Though Finnish, there is an Oriental quality to Taina's work; these are illustrations to be savored and contemplated. PW. Kings, queens, rules, etc. Fiction [CIP] 86-33372

Publisher's Weekly Review

A king lives alone in a majestic house with a glass dome. He reads in his library books about other kings, but unlike them, he doesn't have ``subjects.'' His aloneness is immense, and he can only dream of people shouting ``hurrah'' for their king. One morning a huge, furry cat arrives and identifies herself as a ``tiger.'' The king welcomes his first subject and does his best to serve the cat. Gradually, he begins to rediscover his world, seeing everything anew through the cat's eyes. When the king passes a mirror, he says ``hurrah'' and salutes. Soon another house is built nearby, then a whole town, and all the people salute him as he passes, calling him ``Mister King,'' for that's what he has written on his mailbox. The author's captivating tale thrusts readers' imaginations onto that distant shore where anything can happen. The relative absence of perspective in the artist's exultant watercolors adds to the quaint nature and mystery of Mister King's palace, adding an extra dimension to what the text already offers. Ages 5-9. (August) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3 Well-executed watercolors in pastel hues heavy in blues and greens show the island, the castle, and the town in which dwells Mister Kinga lonely man who, unsatisfied with his worldly possessions, spends his days searching for subjects to rule. Enter a huge orange talking cat who, in his demands for attention, shows the king the importance of caring for others. The seemingly literal translation (from the Finnish) is choppy. The attractive illustrations belie the appeal of the book. The story is tedious, didactic, moralisticridiculous. Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, Ohio (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.