Kevin is a little boy who enjoys playing and having fun outside. But one day he trips and falls. He lands on his head and is hurt. His mommy takes him to the hospital to get it checked out. Kevin has to stay in the hospital for a little while. He is a little scared, but soon learns all about staying in the hospital. It is not as bad as he feared. It ends with the child happy to be going home and feeling better. The book was written to explain the hospital to a young child who might be afraid of what happens upon arrival. The author did a great job of making the visit seem safe and perhaps even a little fun. The pictures almost tell the story on their own and compliment the writing very well. The book is age appropriate, but my six year old son enjoyed the story when I read it to his younger sister. Reviewer: Tima Murrell
Children's Literature - Tima Murrell
PreS-K—Kevin is playing outside when he trips and falls, landing on his head. His mother comforts him, then takes him to the hospital. The boy's bandaged up (so is his stuffed bear), and he stays at the hospital. The length of Kevin's recuperation is not stated, and Slegers keeps the details vague enough that the story can be used for any child who might face an extended hospital stay. However, it might worry young readers who think that any fall might land them in the hospital indefinitely. The tale is told from Kevin's point of view, so it feels very immediate. He mentions the fun things-yummy treats, visits from friends and family, cards and presents-and doesn't talk about the unpleasant factors, like medicine, X-rays, or shots. Slegers's childlike artwork is attractive and keeps the narrative relatable. The illustrations are done in bright primary colors, which stand out because of a heavy black line, and are placed against simple backgrounds surrounded by a frame of white space. Part of a series that deals with family life and childhood issues, this book will help fill a niche, but parents should be prepared to answer questions after reading.—Susan E. Murray, formerly at Glendale Public Library, AZ
Belgian author/illustrator Liesbet Slegers offers four titles to quell childhood fears. The paper-over-board books star a forthright fellow depicted in thick black line and pleasingly smudgy brushstrokes of rainbow colors. "I'm Kevin. I'm on my way. I have my suitcase and my grandma," he announces as he boards an airplane in Kevin Takes a Trip. When he gets scared, his grandmother comforts him. Kevin Goes to School; Kevin Goes to the Hospital; and Kevin Spends the Night address other universal anxieties.
Kevin is a round-faced, chubby preschooler whose top rides up to show his belly button. As he prances over the grass carrying his teddy bear, he stubs his foot on a rock. Kevin and his bear both fall hard on their heads, and Kevin cries out in pain. His mom calls an ambulance, which drives them to a big hospital. Kevin and his teddy are bandaged and put to bed. They are very sad until Kate comes to see them and gives Kevin a new toy car. Get-well cards from friends and relatives also cheer him up. Soon he feels well enough to get up and play with a boy whose leg is in a cast. Before long the doctor tells Kevin he can go home. He tells everyone goodbye and admits that going to the hospital was not so scary after all. Full-page, cartoon-style illustrations with bold lines and simple figures complement the easy-to-read text, which has only two or three sentences per brightly-colored page. The emphasis is on the children, while the doctor is merely a white coat and Kevin's parent a pair of legs in purple pants and chartreuse shoes. The book is part of the "On My Way" series. 2002 (orig. 1999), Kane/Miller Book Publishers,