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This week, my children and I have enjoyed The King’s Taster by Kenneth Oppel.
And I when I say ‘enjoyed’, that means we’ve read the book only 99 times.
The King’s Taster
The King’s Taster is a fabulous little story about the cook’s dog who just happens to be the taster for the King.
And the King just happens to be about 7 or 8 years old.
The dog, Max, has the pleasurable job of eating all of the King’s leftovers, which are plenty because the King constantly sneaks candy. Because of his insatiable candy appetite, the King never wants to eat his supper.
Lucky for Max – “My name’s Max and I eat like a king.”
The cook and Max travel all around the world trying to find the perfect dish to serve the King – French Fries! Pizza!
Eventually, Max discovers the King’s candy secret and the cook helps the King enjoy eating a normal dinner.
Why We Love The King’s Taster
The King’s Taster is a super fun story. The story line is engaging and down right funny! Even though I’ve read it to the girls a ton of times this week, it hasn’t grown old.
Besides the amusing story line, the illustrations are just fabulous!
Recipes are “written” on the cook’s hat and coat, Max has glasses (love that!), and there are candy secrets hidden throughout.
This children’s book also is a great opportunity to talk a bit about geography.
The cook and Max set off to various countries to find new cuisine. You can talk about gondolas or the Piazza San Marco or the green jungles in Mexico.
The King’s Taster is a cleverly illustrated book which can be read closely again and again.
5 stars from the Hill House!
What are you reading this week? Why did you and your kiddos love it so much?