Half Popped, written by Jeff Feuerstein and illustrated by me (Dayna Brandoff) and Alex Miller, follows the heartwarming and whimsical story of Kenny the Kernel, a discouraged but friendly popcorn kernel who believes he never reached his full potential….
With a silly, story-telling rhyme evocative of Shel Silverstein poetry and unique artwork that combines photography and illustration, the charming tale serves as a lesson in self-confidence and reminds young readers that a genuine compliment has the power to make a friend's day!
For more information and a little background about our writing process, please visit www.kennythekernel.com.
The 411 by Maria and Goddess
We loved reading about Kenny the half popped kernel.
Like most popcorn, Kenny just wants to be eaten but he is not fluffy and air popped. He is sitting at the bottom of the bowl with the other unpopped kernels and salt.
Along the way, Kenny meets some interesting food friends like a baby carrot, sour grapes, a cracked open Oreo, a too ripe banana and Cheerio who can't swim; who all seem to have self esteem issues.
After helping everyone with their self esteem issues and making them feel good Kenny went back to his bowl and low and behold, the inevitable. Kenny is eaten!
Mom (Maria) thinks: If Kenny had stayed in the bowl, he would have eventually been eaten because our favorite popcorn is the almost popped. We love the crunchy ones. BUT...if he had stayed he wouldn't have been able to help all the others so everything happens for a reason.
I think some kids may be upset by Kenny being eaten but it depends on the kid. Kenny smiles through each bite but it could upset some kids.
Goddess: I love unpopped popcorn so Kenny would have definitely been eaten if he was in my bowl.
I didn't think it was scary but mommy said I might have it I were younger.
The pictures were funny and reminded me and my brother of Annoying Orange.
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