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Character Spotlight: Kenny Rabbit

by Kayla Aldrich, Read to Them Staff

Hello, all, and happy Monday! We hope that you’re enjoying the opening chapters of Kenny & the Dragon by Tony DiTerlizzi and that you’re excited to dive into this story of misunderstandings and mythical creatures. While you’ve likely gotten a glimpse of his character already, we thought it be best to shine a spotlight on the protagonist — a little hare with a big adventure ahead:


Name: Kenneth Rabbit

Nickname: Kenny

Home: Roundbrook, a little town with a roundish layout and a brook running through the middle of it. The town may seem quiet, now, but there’s loads in store for Roundbrook’s occupants!

Family: Kenny lives on a farm with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Rabbit. They both have a bit of trouble understanding Kenny’s logic — like how rain is caused by cold and warm air colliding in the upper atmosphere, not due to cows laying down in the field. Mr. and Mrs. Rabbit love their son a lot, though, and they do all they can to support him in all that he does.

Friends: His closest companion is a bookkeeper named George, who often lets Kenny borrow old books like The King’s Royal Bestiary.

Personality: He loves to read, and because of this adoration of literature, Kenny really, really likes to ask questions. He’s always dreaming, thinking about what he’d like to be when he grows up. Each day, it’s something new! His imagination is quite impressive and even outlandish, and sometimes, it can make him seem a little odd. Still, there’s word of a dragon taking up residency on Shepard’s Hill, Kenny’s first instinct is to go and see if the rumors are true.

Interests: Kenny is the type to always have his nose buried in a book. It doesn’t matter what the subject is, but Kenny has a preference for stories about natural history and fairy tales. He can tell you most anything about mythical creatures, and if you’re wanting to know more about the local flora and fauna? Kenny is your guy. Also, he’s a big fan of his mother’s corn chowder, which is considered a family favorite in his household.

Notable Quote: “It’s a dragon! I wanna go see it before anybody else does!”

You’d better keep your bestiary close, Kenny. You’ve got quite the journey ahead of you! In the meantime, if you’re reading along with us or taking part in our live activities, be sure to tag us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We at Read to Them hope you’re enjoying the read, but until we meet again, all— be well, be kind, and happy reading.

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