Book review: The Potato King, by Christopher Niemann

Niemann, Christopher. The Potato King. Owlkids Books, 2013. unp. $17.95. ISBN:978-1-77147-139-8. Gr. 2+. P8 Q8

niemann-potato-kingI always remember as a child my mom telling me that I had to take two bites of vegetables that I hated. While this worked with some vegetables it did not work with others;, cauliflower is one I still hate. Legend has it the King Fritz of Prussia, in the 1700’s introduced the potato to his subjects. To make them think it was utterly special he has his guards guarding the fields. The temptation was such that the villagers stole the potato and it became part of their daily diet. The illustrations are potato-stamps that are very simple which are done in primary colors to help tell the story.

Verdict: I am going to share this with our school’s art teacher who does a unit using potato-stamps. She also has her students illustrate a story and now maybe she will do both of these together.

November 2016 review by Carol Bernardi.


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