Green Pants

illus. by Kenneth Kraegel. 40p. Candlewick. Mar. 2017. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780763688400. POP.
PreS-Gr 2—Jameson feels awesome when he wears his green pants. He can dunk a basketball like an NBA player, dive like an Olympic athlete, and dance like Michael Jackson. Jameson is like a superhero when his attire includes his green pants. And he doesn't own any pants that aren't green. People try to give him different colored pants, but Jameson has creative ways of getting rid of them. Some of the offending trousers can be found high up in the trees, while others are worn by neighborhood dogs. One day, the boy is in a difficult predicament. His cousin has asked him to be the ring bearer in his wedding, and Jameson is thrilled. Then he learns he must wear a tuxedo with black pants for the wedding. He struggles to make a tough decision. Could he be in the wedding and wear green pants? Jameson's mother is very patient and lets him know that it is his choice to make. This is a delightful book for all children who love to express themselves and for those who want to be who they are. The pictures are done in watercolor and pencil and have a soft and appealing appearance. The illustrations of Jameson are superb at depicting what the character is feeling—from anxiety over making a difficult decision to the elation he feels when wearing his favorite pants.
VERDICT A fun read-aloud, perfect for storytimes, and a great addition to most collections.

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