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The King of Kindergarten - Derrick Barnes

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An absolutely stunning book about the first day of kindergarten. I really liked the emphasis on confidence and enjoying the experience. Understandably many children's books on this topic focus on the more negative aspects of fear, worry, and anxiety. This was a fresh perspective of tackling the day as the King of Kindergarten and just having fun.

Wonderfully creative concept. The parallels between kindergarten and royal life were fantastic (sun behind head like crown, yellow carriage that takes the children to a grand fortress) and the similes used were fantastic.

Also, the artwork is absolutely beautiful. The bright colors play well into the themes of confidence and fun. I really enjoyed the cute style of the illustrations.

A wonderful, uplifting read that can even inspire confidence and bravery in the adults who read it.