Green Pants by Kenneth Kraegel {A Story of Individualism}


There are times when we may grow particularly attached to something–it could be a favorite song we like to listen to over and over again, or even an old pair of earrings. For the main character in Green Pants, it's pants. This is a new and upcoming picture book that we've been reading in our home. It's a great story to inspire those kids who may march to the beat of their own drum, or are perhaps attached to something for comfort or another reason.

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.

Kenneth Kraegel is the author-illustrator of the picture books The Song of Delphine and King Arthur’s Very Great Grandson, which was a New York Times Notable Book and a Wall Street Journal Best Book of the Year. He lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Little Jameson is a little boy who enjoys doing everyday "kid" things. Of course there is one thing that sets him apart from others, and that's his love for his green pants. He enjoys them so much that the thought of wearing anything else makes him shudder. You can imagine the predicament he faces when his cousin's fiancé invites him to be in their wedding party. Jameson loves his family and wants nothing more than to be part of their wedding, but is suddenly faced with one of the most difficult decisions that he's ever had to deal with, whether or not to ditch the green pants for black tuxedo pants. He has never had to part with them, before, but it's the only way he can be in the wedding. His mother allows him to make the ultimate decision. What will he chose? I don't want to give too much away, but I can tell you that there's a great, unexpected outcome.

I think I liked this book just as much as my son did. Readers will enjoy Jameson's fun-loving character and spunk. Green Pants is a really cute children's story that touches up on both individualism and the ability to adapt to situations that may come about in our own lives.