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!