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Green Pants

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  319 Ratings  ·  78 Reviews
For kids who march to their own drum or are especially attached to a comfort object here is a completely adorable character who wears his singularity in style.
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
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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 21st 2017 by Candlewick Press (first published 2017)
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Garrett
Jan 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: story-time
I wasn't wholly sure about this one but the last two pages got me.

My only complaint is that it went from very, very short sentences per page to entire paragraphs per page. That tends to slow down the pacing.

But those last two pages...man...good stuff.
Natalie  Sapkarov Harvey
Other reviewers have celebrated the theme of being yourself in this book, but I think the real lesson learned is that sometimes it's more important to think of the feelings and wishes of others, especially when it's family. Jameson figures out a way to do both!
Diane
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful kids book with delightful illustrations that many parents with young people will be able to relate to. Jameson is a spunky young boy with a mind of his own and a unique style of his own --- he insists on wearing "green pants" day after day. His parents love his independence and go with flow until he is asked to be in his cousin's wedding party where ---gasp--he must wear black pants! Terrific fun to read over and over and, a great resolution as well. (5/5 stars)
Emily
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jameson wears his favorite green pants everyday. His cousin and fiance ask Jameson to be in their wedding, where he needs to wear black pants! He struggles but decides to wear the tuxedo and rock out the black pants for the dance floor!

A very fun kid/ wedding book. Cool to share with flower girls/ ringbearers.
Viviane Elbee
Picky dressers will likely relate to Jameson, the main character in Green Pants, and his green pant obsession. But what will he do when he's invited to a wedding where he must wear a black tux?

Kids enjoyed this story.

Perfect read for "wedding" themed story-times and "getting dressed" themed story times.
Sassy
I didn't want to like it, and then I opened it and I did.

Jameson is a cute kid, who knows what he likes: green pants. He wear no other pants; I hope he has several pair in the same colors! Then his cousin's fiancée asks him to be in their wedding, and his mother informs him that tuxedo's have black pants.

None of this matters (see how I worked hard not to spoil it for you?).

What I loved about this book, besides a child after my own heart, was that most of the characters are brown and Black peo
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Susan
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Dang, I need some green pants!
Inge
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Similar in plot line to Annie's Plaid Shirt, but still a necessary narrative in a compelling, appealing package. Nothing here not to like.
Mary Lee
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Can you be true to yourself AND do the right thing?
Edward Sullivan
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
An endearingly quirky kid with a singular sense of style.
Joood Hooligan
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Riley's review:
I REALLY REALLY LIKED THIS BOOK! I like it too much. I thought it was so funny. I had to read it again and again because I liked it so much.

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Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Kraegel, Kenneth Green Pants. PICTURE BOOK. Candlewick Press 2017. $15.99. Content: G.

Jameson can do anything as long as he's wearing green pants. He can dunk a ball, high-dive into a pool, and dance the night away. But after he agrees to be in his cousin's wedding, he learns the awful truth: he will have to wear a tuxedo to the ceremony. A tuxedo with black pants! Oh, the horror! How can Jameson be true to himself -- and his beloved green pants -- while still honoring his cousin's wedding reque
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Christy
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For kids who march to their own drum or are especially attached to a comfort object here is a completely adorable character who wears his singularity in style.
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 James
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Christine Irvin
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jameson loves his green pants. In fact, the only color pants you will find in his wardrobe are green. With his green pants on, Jameson can do anything. And, he simply refuses to wear any pants that aren't green.

But, one day, he is asked to be in a wedding. He says "Yes" before he is told that he will have to wear a tuxedo - - with BLACK pants. Jameson really, really, really wants to be in the wedding, but he really, really, really doesn't want to wear black pants. But, if he wants to be in the w
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Tracey
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
diverse picture book (getting dressed; comfort objects (pants/blankets); weddings / preschool ages 4 and up).
* Features diverse characters: Jameson and his family happen to be African-American; most of the wedding party and guests are also black but there is a mix of lighter-skinned and dark-skinned/straight-haired people present as well.
* would work well for a preschool storytime; there are some pages with a significant amount of text, so I would rate this for the older preschool-to-Kinder rang
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Shaunterria
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Featuring an absolutely adorable protagonist of color and a loveable family, the real star of this picture book is (obviously) Jameson’s green pants. As a comfort object, his pants provide him with the confidence he needs to dunk a basketball, dive and dance his way through life. Unfortunately, if he wants to be in his cousin’s wedding he will have to forgo the green for tuxedo black. The resolution of this problem wraps up Jameson’s dilemma nicely while staying true to the heart of the characte ...more
Ying Lee
Jameson love to wear green pants, but he is in dilemma of choosing to wear a black or green pant to go with his tuxedo for his cousin's wedding. Jameson's indecision does not bother him for a long time. He finally decides to wear the black pant to the wedding and surprises everyone with his green pant when it is time for dancing. This book might be used to teach children that sometimes compromise is necessary but does not mean to lose yourself. I particularly love how the author's illustration o ...more
Gordon
Quite possibly, Green Pants, by Kenneth Kraegel is about OCD in children, or it is about children learning to make appropriate choices. It's a little hard to distinguish. Little Jameson gets his mojo from wearing green pants, so he ONLY wears green pants. When his cousin asks him to be in her wedding, he can't wait. But then he learns that he'll have to wear a tuxedo and forego his green pants. Thrown into this dilemma, Jameson wrestles with what to do. With whimsical illustrations by the author ...more
Claudia
Jameson has a favorite pair of pants. Green pants. They help him dunk, and dive, and dance. He loves his green pants. When given pants of any other color, Jameson cleverly disposes of the offending pants.

Then, a crisis. He must choose...his green pants and individuality, or tuxedo pants to participate in a wedding?

A good lesson on being yourself, and thinking about the feelings of others.
Lynn
Creative problem-solving!

Illustrations, done in watercolor and pencil, keep the focus on the action with a mostly white background. Succinct text, done in green font, is clear and keeps the story moving.
Although the text flows, I am concerned that one illustration shows Jameson 'diving' in his green pants - readers need to know that swimming in long pants is difficult and not generally recommended!
Chance Lee
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-it
A cute, fun story about a young boy named Jameson who will only wear green pants. Give him red pants, and they might end up on the family dog. Jeans end up the flagpole. But when Jameson's cousin asks him to be in his wedding, he realizes he has to wear -- gasp -- black pants. CAN HE DO IT?!

The book is a little text heavy at times, leading to a bit of an imbalance. But the end features a fun dance at a wedding.
Jade
Jun 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
Funny story of a boy who grooves in green pants learning that growing up means both making sacrifices for important causes and staying true to yourself at the same time. I did think it was a little weird that the boy's catalyst for change was his cousin's adult fiancee and her beauty, though...might have worked better if it was the relationship between the boy and his cousin i.e. family love?
Diane
May 26, 2017 rated it liked it
"Jameson only ever wore green pants."

Jameson could do anything well in his green pants. When people tried to get him to wear another color, he made sure those pants didn't end up in his closet. But when his cousin asks Jameson to be in his wedding, Jameson is thrilled ... until he finds out tuxedos are black. Will be be in the wedding?
Lynn  Davidson
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Jameson always wore green pants. He could do anything when he wore his green pants. When his cousin and his fiancee' ask Jameson to be in their wedding party, Jameson finds out he has to wear a black tuxedo. It is a difficult decision to make and how he cleverly solves that dilemma is a nice surprise. Cute story with fun illustrations.
Serenity
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a really cute story about a little boy who has a very strong sense of self--as long as he is wearing green pants. When he is invited to be in his uncle's wedding, he is torn because he will have to wear black pants. His solution is sweet and, ultimately, funny.

This will make a good readaloud or lap read. The illustrations are cute and those with sharp eyes will see some funny details.
Stefanie Burns
Jul 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Jameson only wears green pants. He refuses all other pants. Then, one day, he's asked to be in his brother's wedding. He can't wait, until...he learns he must wear a tuxedo with black pants. He is torn with what to do. Eventually Jameson decides to wear the tuxedo pants...sort of. Read the story to find out what happens.

Cute story that young kids will find funny and silly.
Mary
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wnmdb, to-buy
What a fun story about a boy who will not wear any other color of pants--only green. Many of us know people who have favorite clothing preferences that make them feel comfortable and even empowered. When confronted with wearing black for a wedding, Jamison genuinely struggles. The satisfying ending makes this one of my favorite picture books of 2017.
Tamara
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
So cute. This picture book could be a very helpful tool for children who can relate to the need for stretching out of their comfort zone in a creative way and for parents or adult care givers to emphasize the importance being willing to accept change for the benefit of others. Also that what you wear is less important then how you act.
Jess
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
May 2017 - a new favorite for Ben, he asked for it twice in a row last night. I picked it up because he loves green, and Jameson looks a lot like Ben (still too rare in picture books, especially as the protagonist). The story is funny, and strikes a nice balance between doing what you're supposed to and doing what you want.
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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.
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