THE COOK AND THE KING by María Cristina Brusca

THE COOK AND THE KING

Age Range: 4 - 10
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

 A lively variant of ``Clever Manka,'' a Czech tale retold by Parker Fillmore. When Florinda agrees to cook for the king, he makes her promise not to interfere with his ``serious business''; still, she can't resist pointing out just how ``hasty, foolish, and unfair'' his settlements of his subjects' disputes are. Like Manka, Florinda cleverly uses comic analogies to make her points and in the end uses a deft appeal to survive the king's intended retribution (literally--he's having her burned at the stake); she goes on to become a better judge than he is, and even teaches him to cook. It would be interesting to know how this contemporary feminist tale resembles the South American folktale that ``inspired'' it. As it stands, it's lively and entertaining in the manner of ``Manka,'' with a good seasoning of Latin local color in the events and in Brusca's angular, energetic illustrations, where the rages of the toothy, red-faced king are as scary as they are childish; the story might also be read as the obverse of The Taming of the Shrew. Authors' note. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)

Pub Date: March 15th, 1993
ISBN: 0-8050-2355-0
Page count: 34pp
Publisher: Henry Holt
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 1993




MORE BY MARÍA CRISTINA BRUSCA

ChildrenMY MAMA'S LITTLE RANCH ON THE PAMPAS by María Cristina Brusca
by María Cristina Brusca
ChildrenTHE BLACKSMITH AND THE DEVILS by María Cristina Brusca
by María Cristina Brusca
ChildrenTHE ZEBRA-RIDING COWBOY by Angela Shelf Medearis
by Angela Shelf Medearis

MORE BY MARÍA CRISTINA BRUSCA

ChildrenMY MAMA'S LITTLE RANCH ON THE PAMPAS by María Cristina Brusca
by María Cristina Brusca
ChildrenTHE BLACKSMITH AND THE DEVILS by María Cristina Brusca
by María Cristina Brusca
ChildrenTHE ZEBRA-RIDING COWBOY by Angela Shelf Medearis
by Angela Shelf Medearis