The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes and Vanessa Brantley-Newton

The King of KindergartenThe King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes and Vanessa Brantley-Newton. 2019. Hand drawn; colored using Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter. Published by Nancy Paulsen Books.

Brief summary: It is the first day of kindergarten for a young boy. He brushes his teeth, dresses himself, and eats breakfast with his family. He is ready to be the king of kindergarten as his carriage arrives to take him to the fortress. He meets his teacher and finds his own seat while getting to know new friends.  He learns and plays with imagination throughout the day and can’t wait to go back the next day.

Comments: Royalty jargon and analogies throughout the book. This is a positive story to build a child’s self-esteem a bit before going to the first day.

The illustration are with bright colors and with happy faces. There are many two-paged layouts.

It may be necessary to remind the young reader(s)  that there are other kings and queens attending kindergarten class that day too.

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