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You only have to mention the word, Pants, to my granddaughter and she has a fit of giggles. Her baby brother usually follows suit although I am not sure he understands the word, he just likes copying. I think it's a daft word too and would much rather say knickers for ladies under garments and underpants for men's thingy me bobs. I had an Irish male friend in the Algarve and he always called his undies, knickers and of course we all know the Americans use the word, pants, to describe trousers.
Anyway, this delightful pre-school book co-written by Giles Andreae and Nick Sharratt who is also responsible for the illustrations, takes us through a series of rhyming text accompanied by pictures of people, animals, even fairies and gnomes and some inanimate objects wearing pants. In most cases the multi-coloured and imaginatively designed pants are worn correctly, covering the naughty bits of the body but occasionally an oddball will turn up like a zebra wearing Union Jack undies on his head. This is one of my granddaughter's favourite pictures and always makes her laugh.
As a parent and grandparent I can see why this amusing and highly illustrated book will win the hearts of any small child but I wanted to hear it from the horse's mouth so I asked my granddaughter her opinion. I asked her why she liked the book and she said it was 'funny.' To expand on that I asked her why was it funny and she said that the pants were silly and people sometimes wore them in the wrong way. Her favourite picture is the one of the two giant bears, one white and one black, each wearing a big pair of old fashioned Y fronts in the opposite colour to their skin. This illustration fits the whole page and only shows a small amount of background colour being bright orange. I agree, it is a very striking image and stays with you. She also liked Daddy Panda driving a car wearing undies of a multi-coloured car design. Baby Panda is sat on top of the engine, dummy in mouth and steam coming from his nappy. As she correctly pointed out, the baby had done a wee, wee!
The book is one to read out aloud and is well made from hard, glossy board and pretty indestructible for this age group, 2-5. Alicja is just 4 years old now and is still amused by it although I think she giggled more when she was younger. The author says the book celebrates pants and those who do and don't wear pants. I like the way children are introduced to lots of different people, small, big, fat, thin, people with different skin colour, hair colour and then we see lots of enchanting animals like the King of the Jungle wearing his regalia and posh pants while the poorest creature, the church mouse is wearing just ordinary pants. Altogether, there are thirty two pages featuring so many sorts of pants; psychedelic, jewelled, flowery, and heart-shaped and a wacky bunch of models too. This is a good number of pages and just enough to stop small children getting bored with the rhymes printed in black, bold print using no more than 11 words per rhyme.
Some of the rhymes and drawings test a child's visual awareness by showing a pair of underpants designed so that there are lots of smaller pants within the design - the child is asked to count and name the colours. The language is simple but also challenging, introducing new words like funky, groovy, loose and light, giant and frilly.
'Pants' is ranking number 17 in the category, Humorous Verse in Amazon books. I thought it would be higher as Nick Sharratt is a very popular author and illustrator and has won numerous awards for his children's books including the Sheffield Children's Book Award and the 2001 Children's Book Award.
My granddaughter's edition is dated 2006, I don't know how much my son paid for it as he brought it back from England last year. The price showing on Amazon is £4.49. I see it has 54 customer reviews and has been awarded 4.5 stars. I will give the book 5 stars, it's well illustrated, something that makes me and my grandchildren happy and it does make me want to sing along to the rhymes but as yet I haven't waved my knickers in the air!
There is a charity shop not far from my house that is a brilliant place to pick up second hand books and toys for children, as very cheap prices, as the manager of the shop always insists whatever money comes in, it is all going to charity! One book I picked up a while ago for my daughter was this one 'Pants'. One of the reasons that this book caught my eye was the name Nick Sharratt, who is the illustrator of this book. My daughter has other books either written or illustrated by Sharratt and they are all very popular with her, as they are all brightly coloured and fun! This hardback book has been written by Giles Andreae and costs just under £4 on the likes of amazon - I got my copy for 50p!
As you would expect from the title of this pre school book, it is all about 'pants' and another reason why I bought this book was that I thought I would keep it and bring it out when my daughter got to the toilet training stage, however, she came across it one day herself and wanted me to read it to her, and she has been hooked ever since. In fact, she could have me read this book four or five times over and over again in one go, until I practically know the book off by heart! I can see however why my daughter likes this book. As I mentioned earlier this is a very bright, colourful book, with big cartoon like pictures and a whole variety of different patterned pants.
I also think what makes this book so appealing to young children is the gentle rhyme that carries throughout the text, making it a very easy book to read to a child, and easy for them to follow as well. Here is an example of the text, 'Big pants, small pants, giant frilly pig pants...........groovy pants, funky pants, cheeky little monkey pants....' My daughter especially loves the page showing a daddy and baby panda. The daddy panda is wearing pants covered in cars, and the baby is wearing 'smelly nappy pants' as she is mad about all things baby related at the moment.
I'm so glad I didn't wait until my daughter was at toilet training, although I think this would be a good book to introduce the idea of big boy/girl pants to a young child. At the moment my daughter simply loves the story and it has a lovely flow to it, that makes it an enjoyable read for everyone.
I came across the book More Pants through the childrens programme Bookaboo which is about a little Rockstar dog who can't play unless he has a story read to him and More Pants was read by Alesha Dixon. My daughter absolutely adores the programme and that episode is one she will ask for over and over again. I had looked into buying the book for her but couldn't find it on offer anywhere and didn't really want to pay over £6.00 (but I know I will end up doing!) so I was delighted to find Pants on our most recent trip to the Library!!
Pants is written by Giles Andreae and wonderfully illustrated by Nick Sharratt and was published originally in 2003 by Picture Corgi.
So, what is the book about? Well, it is about pants - literally! What a fantastic subject for young children who seem to find the idea of underwear very amusing. The book isn't a story, it is a rhyming book that brings in interaction with your child and invites a lot of discussion too!
The book starts with a little boy riding on a kangaroo's back and they are both wearing different kinds of pants (which follows throughout the book) and the picture is really bright and colourful. An example of the text is as follows:
"Small pants, big pants, giant frilly pig pants"
From the text you can get an idea of the rhyming style and we have found that you can even sing your way through the book as it has that style of writing - I think we can sing it mainly due to the fact that we have seen the Alesha Dixon version of the sequel on Bookaboo and she sings the book (I say sing, it is more of a rap!)
The illustrations are fantastic throughout the book and we see lots of different characters in many different situations all wearing different pants. We see ballerina's in blue pants, a King lion in jewelled pants, and a cheeky little boy in monkey pants - many many more also!
To say my daughter adores this book is a real understatement, we have had it two days from the library and we have read it at least 20 times (with no exaggeration!!!). Her favourite part of the book is "Pants on your head when you've gone crazy" and the picture is of a zebra going party crazy with a pair of pants on his head! I love sitting and listening to my little girl reading this to herself, she now knows about 90% of the book and she just laughs all the way through reading it!
My mum isn't keen on reading this to my daughter and that is because it isn't a book you can sit and read quietly which is something my mum does like to do. It is a loud fun book and you can expect lots and lots of giggles from your child for sure. I am not sure how long this book will be a hit for, but its certainly the book of the moment and I think I will have to buy my daughter this and the sequel for Christmas!!
If someone had said to me that I would enjoy reading my little girl a book about pants I can honestly say I would never have believed them, but I really enjoy reading it, almost as much as she loves hearing it and I just love listening to her laughing at a book which clearly shows her enjoyment. I cannot recommend this book enough, it is funny, will keep your childs attention and there is so much to talk about - all the different characters, the designs on the pants.
Review of 'Pants' by Giles Andreae and Nick Sharratt.
I am reviewing a children's book with the giggle producing title 'Pants'.
The copy I am reviewing is in paperback format and aimed at children aged 2 to 5 years. ISBN 978-0552548335, 32 pages, published by Picture Corgi, cover price £6.99.
The book is written by Giles Andreae and illustrated by Nick Sharratt.
Giles Andreae is the author of the Purple Ronnie and Edward Monkton series.
Nick Sharratt is a well known illustrator of children's books.
Pants is a colourful and splendidly silly book all about, yes, pants. Young children seem to have a robust humour regarding underwear of any type, but pants certainly produce the most giggles with my 2 year old grand-daughter. My theory is that having recently been toilet trained and now wearing 'big girl's knickers', underwear and it's function, play rather largely in her life!
This is not strictly a picture book, more of an interactive, rhyming, discussion provoking tool! Emma (my granddaughter) has asked all kinds of questions since having this book mostly related to the scenes featured. Sadly I couldn't answer with any conviction, whether Daddy actually does have special pants for driving! Better not question my son-in-law about is underwear habits! Seriously, the book has also aided her colour recognition and counting skills. As an ex-nursery teacher this is something I certainly approve of.
The book features beautifully illustrated animals and people wearing their pants in weird and wonderful situations. The book carries playground style rhymes about the various pants which can be read aloud with excellent opportunities for daft voices, actions and discussions. The rhymes are simple, yet flow easily enough for little ones to grasp the humour. The book is really bright and funny, the pants in the pictures are of every conceivable design from frilly and pretty, spotty and stripy, jewel encrusted 'rich' pants and patched 'poor' pants.
My granddaughter particularly enjoys the page which features the ' Groovy pants, funky pants, cheeky little monkey pants' and loves seeking out the tiny pants on the floor with a monkey face on them. The actual pants are featured in a wide range of situations, such as lighting up at night pants and picking daisy pants. I do feel that children of this age group have a love of the ridiculous and the sight of a camel wearing pants stretched across his humps, delights Emma.
A word of warning to would be purchasers, this is not a quiet time story book, it is definitely an all action, let's get excited and over the top book!
~~Availability and Cost~~
Pants is available from High Street bookshops such as Waterstones or WH Smith for £6.99.
On line the prices do vary, a quick search brought up the following stockists:-
www.amazon.co.uk £4.06 (or from 0.14p used)
~~My Thoughts and Conclusion~~
My granddaughter absolutely loves this book, she received it at Christmas and it has become a firm favourite. I feel the timing was right for her, as mentioned earlier in the review, pants are featuring quite strongly in her life at the moment! Children can of course be fickle and no doubt the joke about funny pants will wear off eventually but for the moment, this is a hilarious book. It is amusing and fun to read with a young child, the excellent illustrations and rhymes capture a child's imagination, which in my opinion is half the battle in keeping a child's interest in books.
Provided you are not seeking a book with a definite story for your child, I would recommend this to others.
Thank you for reading.
©brittle1906 January 2010
N.B. My review may be found on other review sites under the same name.
I am an avid reader so have tried to encourage my son to enjoy reading which he does. He now has 2 complete bookshelf units full of books and insists on having a bedtime story every night.
So I am always on the lookout for fun books that will capture his imagination.
And so I found Pants!
Written by Giles Andreae this book is quite simply about Pants. It describes all the different types of pants you can get - big pants, small pants, light 'em up at night pants, little baby nappy pants.....every type of pant imaginable.
The book is very cleverly written, rhyming throughout which means that my son already knows the book back to front!
The illustrations are great - showing people and animals wearing the different types of pants described.
If you are looking for a serious story book that will lull your child to sleep with your soft spoken voice then forget it - this is a book to be brought to live by excitement in your voice. It has become one of my son's favourites and I'm sure I'll be reading about Pants for a long time yet.
Pants! As the back of the book says, this is a 'celebration of pants' and has basically been written on the premise that everyone, both children and adults, find pants to be funny! And that's probably accurate!
This was written by Giles Andreae (also the author of the Purple Ronnie and Edward Monkton series) and illustrated by Nick Sharrat (known for illustrating a huge number of children's books including the Daisy books (Eat Your Peas, etc), the Jacqueline Wilson series and the 'Nick and Sue' books).
The book is available in two formats - small board book or large paberback. It is the board book we have - approximately 15cm x 12cm so not all that small really and nice chunky pages for little fingers to grasp and turn.
The illustrations are fantastic - completely over the top and very brightly coloured. These are bettered only by the text. The whole book is like one long rhyme which basically acts as a list of every type of pants you can think of! 'groovy pants, funky pants, cheeky little monkey pants - pants you can wear if you're ten feet tall'! It's very rhythmical and you can hear your voice sort of bouncing along as you read it.
The book is very well done. Young children love it for a whole load of reasons - the fantastic pictures, the wonderful descriptions of all the different pants and the text that's so memorable they can repeat it back to you. In fact, our eldest know it by heart now and sits and 'reads' it on her own now that she knows it by heart!
This is a fantastic book that both you and your children will love. It's charmingly silly and the authors are correct, pants are truly funny!
'what a lot of lovely pants there are'!