Pants by Giles Andreae and Nick Sharratt (Corgi, 2003)

Pants by Giles Andreae and Nick Sharratt (Corgi, 2003)

If you have a small child coming up to potty training, you need this book. In fact if you have a small child, you need this book whatever. Pants by Giles Andreae (aka Purple Ronnie) and Nick Sharratt is an utterly brilliant and loony celebration of underpants of all shapes and sizes, colours and varieties. There are plenty of more detailed books out there on potty training which all have their merits, but if you just need something to make wearing pants fun then this is the book.

All our books go through phases of being read over and over, and then neglected, and this one was rescued from the far corner of the bookshelf last night as it seemed to follow on rather well from Lucy Collins’ Hooray for Fish. However much fils aîné may be into his chapter books now, Pants will still have him rolling in the aisles and I did start to wonder whether it had been wise to read it right before bedtime. The rhyming text is full of bounce and exuberance while the pictures are bright and zany. Even the butterflies have pant-shaped wings.

All together now…

Pants to pick a daisy, pants for being lazy

Pants on your head when you’ve gone crazy!

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I'm a freelance literary translator from German and French to English. The title of my blog comes from Mary Schmich's description of reading: it struck home with me, and seems especially apt for translated fiction. Here are some of my musings on what I'm reading, re-reading, reading to my children, and translating.
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3 Responses to Pants!

  1. Lucym808 says:

    One of our absolutely favourite books. We often chant ‘pants on your head when you’ve gone crazy’ at my son’s innovative dressing techniques.

  2. My kids love this book!!! x

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