Expected publication: March 21st 2017 by Candlewick Press
Format read: ARC via Publisher
Jameson only ever wears green pants. When he wears green pants, he can do anything. But if he wants to be in his cousin s wedding, he s going to have to wear a tuxedo, and that means black pants. It s an impossible decision: Jameson would love nothing more than to be in his cousin's wedding, but how can he not wear green pants? Will Jameson turn down this big honor, or will he find a way to make everyone happy, including himself? In this pitch-perfect ode to individualism, acclaimed author-illustrator Kenneth Kraegel creates a character readers of all ages can root for whatever color pants they wear.
In the case of Green Pants, it's a ode to the love of familiarity and familiar things. Jameson is resoutely committed to his green pants, believing that they give him the strength to go through his day. However, when he's asked to participate in a wedding, he finds that commitment challenged...
So, first things first: Green Pants gets all sorts of thumbs-ups from me, because it takes a very real childhood mentality of wanting to wear the same thing over and over, and empowers it. Jameson's parents are exasperated or annoyed with his love of green pants - they embrace it as a part of who he is, and what makes him fully Jameson.
But when push comes to shove, Kraegel also challenges Jameson to go beyond his comfort zone. He manages to find a nice balance that helps the situation but also empowers himself, and the ending is delightful.
Highly recommend, full stop.
About the author:
Kenneth Kraegel is a self-taught illustrator and writer. He was a CJ Picture Book Award Finalist and is a recipient of a Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Tomie dePaola Honor Award. Kenneth Kraegel lives with his wife and son in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he enjoys hiking, kayaking, and gardening.