The King’s Taster


The King’s Taster by Kenneth Oppel and illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher – The  new king is a picky eater and bratty boy.  His taster who makes sure the food is not poisoned is Max… a dog who knows his master is the “best cook in the kingdom.”  The king does not agree.  He won’t try anything… wild boar, venison, cheese pies, french fries, pizza, or tacos.  The king decides it’s time to get rid of the cook by chopping of his head.  Max saves his masters life when he discovers the  reason the king will not eat anything cooked by the royal chef.  The little brat is spoiling his dinner by sneaking all sorts of treats.  How does the chef handle the situation?  He threatens to tell the king’s mom.

Kenneth Oppel writes picture books and chapter books for children, plus young adult novels.  His book Airborne is a 2005 Michael L. Prinz Honor Book.  (That’s a big deal!)  I look forward to exploring his longer works for book ideas when ML is a teenager.

According to their website, Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher “have worked as a creative team for over 26 years… together they have illustrated over 45 children’s books, including Dr. Seuss’s My Many Colored Days and Jon Scieszka’s The Frog Prince, Continued.”  More of this imaginative teams books will be featured on this blog.  A little heads up… look at my post on Baseball’s Opening Day.