Book Review | Half Popped

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

My children always give me all of the half popped kernels when we eat popcorn because they know it is my favorite. Therefore, we all thought it was a fun topic for a children’s book when we sat down to read Half Popped together and we were not disappointed. Half Popped was written by Jeff Feuerstein and features a half popped fellow named Kenny the Kernel. Poor Kenny the Kernel was discouraged to find himself at the bottom of a bowl of popcorn with the un-popped kernels so he decides to head out on an adventure. Along the way he meets a variety of fruits, vegetables and other foods that are also different. From a brown banana to a baby carrot, friendly Kenny the Kernel cheers up his new “different” friends with encouraging words and a compliment explaining why they are indeed special. When Kenny the Kernel heads back to the popcorn bowl to his spot at the bottom he suddenly realizes that he too is indeed special!

Half Popped

Half Popped is unique and whimsical and my children and I both enjoyed the rhyming text. All three kids had fun trying to guess the rhyming words throughout the reading of the story. I also liked that it introduces interesting vocabulary words such as “forlorn”, “brimming” and “underestimate”. Therefore, I was able to incorporate this book into our language arts class in our homeschool and the kids practiced using a dictionary to find the meaning of each unknown word.

In addition to the whimsical story line, the creative illustrations by Dayna Brandoff and Alex Miller is exceptional because it combines photography along with the illustrated graphics. Half Popped is a fun way to remind children to be kind to others, especially those who may appear to be different from the group. It is also a lesson in becoming confident and secure with oneself despite potential challenges. It was definitely a hit with my younger children ages 6 and 7 who thought this story was silly with a nice message.

You are invited to visit the Half Popped website to learn more about this children’s picture book title and you can purchase Half Popped for the SRP of $9.99.


Maureen is a SAHM who left the Corporate healthcare field to home educate her 6, 7 and 8 year old children. She is a voracious reader for both herself & her kids and also enjoys a natural and organic lifestyle. She lives in Orlando, Fl with her husband Mark, three children and 5 year old boxer, Jack.

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