Friday, May 25, 2018

Catalina and the King's Wall: Children's Book Review

Title: Catalina and the King's Wall
ISBN: 9781632331014
 Author: Patricia Costello
Price: $9.99 Paperback | $14.99 Hardcover
32 pages | Age: 4-8 years
Genre: Children’s Literature

When Catalina overhears the king planning to build a wall, she fears her family won’t ever be able to visit. Catalina tricks the king into building walls that droop, drip, swirl, and swoosh away. But now the king demands an impenetrable wall. Luckily, Catalina has the perfect ingredients to bake up a family reunion!  

About the Author: Patty lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, a zany awesome toddler, a dog named Pippa, and a dog named Spencer. She grew up in the Twin Cities and is a Minnesotan at heart (you betcha!). She has a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Minnesota and works in higher education. Catalina and the King’s Wall is her first book and is published by Eifrig Publishing. At all hours of the day (and night) she can be found standing at her desk, helping her university run smoothly and working on her next children's book. For fun, she likes to trail run, mountain bike, cross country ski, and hike. She is also a voracious volunteer for various local organizations.

Catalina and the King’s Wall is a rather “sweet” book. As you read through it, you can’t help but notice that it is a pretty obvious parallel of some of our modern-day political headlines. Whether or not this will bother you, depends on which side of that “wall” you identify with the most. As this is a children’s book, I am not going to focus on this. 

Catalina is a baker and a very good one at that. She also has a mind for tricking the King into doing what she wants that will help others without his knowing. The King loves to eat and keeps Catalina busy with baking yummy food for him. Catalina misses her family, whom is coming for a visit really soon. This will only happen if the king does not build a wall to keep the people of the nearby Kingdom out. 

She proceeds to advise him of ways to build a wall that she knows will fail. Ultimately, the king’s own greed and inability to stop eating cause’s him to abandon the wall idea, because he wants to eat it. This story is illustrated with vibrant beautiful colors and imagery. The art style is very captivating. In the end, Catalina sees her family, but the real message is about gluttony and greed, and why you should avoid these characteristics. 

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