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King of the Classroom


FORMAT: Paperback PRICE: £7.99 PAGES: 32 Pages PUBLICATION DATE: 02/07/2020 ISBN: 9781912650378

King of the Classroom

Derrick Barnes, illus by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Scallywag Press

An upbeat story about a confident little boy who takes pride in his first day of nursery.

Starting kindergarten is a big milestone--and the hero of this story is ready to make his mark! He's dressed himself, eaten a pile of pancakes, and can't wait to be part of a whole new kingdom of kids. The day will be jam-packed, but he's up to the challenge, taking new experiences in stride with his infectious enthusiasm! And afterward, he can't wait to tell his proud parents all about his achievements--and then wake up to start anotherday.Newbery Honor-winning author Derrick Barnes's empowering story will give new kindergarteners a reassuring confidence boost, and Vanessa Brantley-Newton's illustrations exude joy.

Selling points

  • DIVERSE CHARACTERS: The narrator and his family are black and that isn't a focal point of the story.
  • UPBEAT INTRODUCTION TO SCHOOL: Children getting ready to start school will feel reassured by the narrator's delight in every part of his school day.
  • LOVEABLE, CONFIDENT NARRATOR: The little boy's enthusiasm is infectious, and he's confident without being overbearing--his parents tell him he's the King of Kindergarten, but he doesn't mention that to his classmates--he just uses those positive vibes to reach out and make lots of friends.
  • BAME AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR who have garnered many awards in America.