Green Pants by Kenneth Kraegel


  Green Pants by Kenneth Kraegel, Candlewick, 2017. 9780763688400

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book? Jameson feels he can do anything in his green pants. He can dive; he can dunk; he can dance. He will wear no other color. But when his cousin’s charming fiancée, Jo, asks Jameson to be in their wedding, he has to face the fact that it is impossible to wear a formal tuxedo with green pants. I love that this adorable little boy faces the existential question of how to balance his individuality with the conformity required as a ring-bearer in a family wedding. Kraegel shows a child with just enough self-awareness that he is conflicted, but with the exuberance of his young age. The watercolor and pencil drawings are simple and childlike, but with artistry that completely conveys the inner drama of Jameson and his green pants.

Anything you didn’t like about it? It’s perfect.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Pair this with other strong characters such as Olivia (Falconer) or Pigeon (Willems) for a story time on making choices. It’s a great story time title or lap read.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes – it’s a hoot!

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: May 9, 2017

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