Kevin Goes First

HarperCollins/Clarion. Nov. 2023. 48p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780063254190.
K-Gr 2–Tahboub takes on one of the most important lessons for little ones, the value of taking turns, while learning about the power of other roles, such as being second or the caboose. An adorable fox and gorilla found the ladder first, but Kevin wants to climb it first. The dynamic illustrations have so much energy and verve, they will capture children’s attention and invite them deeper into the story as every animal makes the case for the spot they want in line. Children will love discussing the different roles selected by Kevin’s friends and thinking about Kevin’s experiences after he is the first one up; is he a leader taking risks, or did he get a delicious donut up there? Plenty of white space and clear text will push emerging readers through the plot to its very funny and very just end.
VERDICT This book offers much food for thought in how we work together and take turns in different roles.

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