- Expected 12 Jan 2021
Two-time Caldecott Honor artist and Coretta Scott King Medalist Brian Pinkney’s Time for Kenny is simple, direct, and pitch-perfect for emerging readers. This vibrant, family-oriented picture book is full of boundless energy, action, and unlimited love. A timeless choice for fans of Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Christian Robinson, and Oge Mora.
Time for Kenny to get up and enjoy the day with his family! In four deceptively simple stories, Brian Pinkney guides readers through a young child’s day. First, Kenny must get dressed. Maybe he can wear his mom’s shoes? And his grandpa’s hat seems to fit perfectly on his head. Luckily, with the help of his family, Kenny is finally set to go. Then he must overcome his fear of the monstrous vacuum cleaner, learn to play soccer with his big sister, and—after all that fun—get ready for bedtime.
Bright, colorful, and energetic illustrations create a bold, accessible book for families to treasure and share. Rhythm, repetition, and clear, short sentences make Time for Kenny an excellent choice for emerging readers.
Pinkney (Nya's Long Walk) creates a simple, endearing account of a day in the life of a preschooler. Painted in the artist's characteristically loose, rounded line, brown-skinned Kenny is first seen playing thoughtfully with a large toy bus. "It is time for Kenny to get dressed for the day," the narrator announces. Can Kenny wear his father's shirt? Can he wear his mother's shoes? No, but his parents gaze at him with affection as he tries them on, and his family admires him once he's properly dressed. After seeing Grandaddy off on the bus, Kenny considers the family's big green vacuum cleaner as it eats his chips and cereal off the rug. "Could it eat Kitty? Could it eat Kenny?" It can't, of course, and his father's tickles balance a tense moment of fright. Pinkney excels at seeing the world from a small person's point of view, portraying the distinctive ways that Kenny interacts with different family members, including, in another scene, his sister. Small, everyday events contain plenty of humor and action, conveying throughout the sense that Kenny is cherished and his concerns are honored. Ages 4 up. \n