Kings Taster

Hardcover | February 25, 2015

byKenneth Oppel

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Max is the cook’s dog. And because he is also the king’s taster, Max gets to feast on wild boar! cheese pies! rose pudding! No wonder Max loves his job. Who wouldn’t want to dine on these delicious dishes? The new king, that’s who. Max and the cook must find a new recipe—and fast. Otherwise, if the new king has his way, they’ll be losing more than just their jobs!

 

The King’s Taster features stunning collage artwork, lush fabrics and painting from the phenomenal award-winning illustrator team Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher. This is a beautiful package with a character kids will love and a surprise twist that will delight parents and children alike.

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Max is the cook’s dog. And because he is also the king’s taster, Max gets to feast on wild boar! cheese pies! rose pudding! No wonder Max loves his job. Who wouldn’t want to dine on these delicious dishes? The new king, that’s who. Max and the cook must find a new recipe—and fast. Otherwise, if the new king has his way, they’ll be losi...

KENNETH OPPEL is the Governor General’s Award–winning author ofAirbornand the Silverwing series, which has sold over a million copies worldwide. Kenneth Oppel lives in Toronto with his wife and their three children. Visit his website atwww.kennethoppel.com.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:32 pages, 11.25 × 9.5 × 0.41 inPublished:February 25, 2015Publisher:HarperCollins Publishers LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0002007002

ISBN - 13:9780002007009

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Less Than Thrilled Reason for Reading: I am reading all of the author's books. This is the first time I haven't been thrilled with an Oppel book. I have to say this one did nothing for me. The boy king behaves like a spoiled brat throwing all food given to him against the wall, enabling the dog to enjoy the hearty left-overs. It isn't until the end that he is found out to be a secret candy eater and has to be threatened with "telling his mother" does he become frightened enough to behave. Said mother is never present in the book. The boy king then tries the food, and night after night, low and behold, he discovers he likes it. Not exactly any good role models to be found here and the message is lost when the boy has to be threatened with a parent. The humour is lost on me. Of course, the intended audience will enjoy the story if it is read to them without any interruption about the bad behaviour being displayed, if you want to celebrate such behaviour without consequences. On a positive note, the husband and wife team who illustrated this book did a magnificent job. I just love the mixed-media collage paintings. They've included fabrics and text from old recipe cards, candy wrappers and I believe they've used inks (though it may be water colours). Just fantastic illustrations!
Date published: 2012-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun Book. This is a wonderfully fun picture book. It is the story of a dog who eats like a king. For he is the cook's dog but the cook, cooks for the king. Then one day there is a new king, and he does not seem to like anything the chef makes. The chef travels the world to try to find new dishes for the new king but he does not seem to like anything. But then the dog discovers a secret and shows the chef, and things are about to change for the better. The story is fun, and young readers will ask for it again and again. The illustrations are wonderfully done, with great details and a fanciful style.
Date published: 2010-09-21

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Editorial Reviews

"...a delightful tale from the viewpoint of a worldly beagle...This book is a joy to read aloud, as Oppel is a superb craftsman of the written word...The illustrations...are in themselves a feast for the eyes. Readers will revel in the colourful details, textures and humour found in the collage artwork created from fabric and paint...The King's Taster will garner rave reviews for this delectable story. Bon appetit!"--Canadian Children's Book News ()