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A hilarious collaboration about underwear by Giles Andreae and Nick Sharratt.

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Biography for Nick SharrattNick Sharratt has written and illustrated many books for children and won numerous awards for his picture books, including the Sheffield Children's Book Award and the 2001 Children's Book Award. He has also enjoyed great success illustrating Jacqueline Wilson books. Nick lives in Brighton.Biography for Giles AndreaeAward-winning children's author Giles Andreae has enjoyed success both in the UK and abroad with his picture books, such as Giraffes Can't Dance and The Lion who wanted to Love, published by Orchard and illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees. He has also enjoyed huge success with his PURPLE RONNIE character cards and merchandising. He lives in London with his wife and young children.


PreS-Gr 2-In this picture-book celebration of underpants, a bouncy text describes a variety of loony lingerie. Sharratt's bold cartoon graphics provide the ideal visual interpretation of the subject matter, and the zany images are sure to provoke giggles. The pictures definitely outshine the text; while catchy, some of the rhymes are awkward and forced. For "Small pants, big pants/Giant frilly pig pants," a little boy on the back of a kangaroo-they're both wearing red-and-white polka-dot underwear-is followed by the waist-down image of a humongous hog in ribboned, lacy undies. "Groovy pants,/funky pants" are modeled by a dancing alligator and moose wearing bright sunglasses and psychedelic briefs. Overall, this is silly, nonsensical fun, and it's likely to fly off the shelf. Todd Parr's Underwear Do's and Don'ts (Little, Brown, 2000) also provides a silly look at the subject.-Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

To the likely delight of small children everywhere, Andreae (Giraffes Can't Dance) moves beyond "I See London, I See France" for a bouncy rhyme about underpants. From "giant frilly pig pants" to "cheeky little monkey pants," with many wacky (and perhaps familiar) styles in between, the snappy collection of garments will elicit plenty of giggles. Sharratt (Do Knights Take Naps?) reinforces the sense of fun with a series of gleeful, boldly outlined images in an electric palette. Elephants, zebras and kids alike sport snazzy knickers throughout. In addition to their lightness and humor, both text and art provide ample opportunity for kids to practice concepts like color, size and shape identification, and counting. This exuberant paper-over-board book may even be a help to parents and caregivers who are introducing the potty-training concept to their diaper-wearing charges. Ages 3-6. (Aug.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

"A big, bold picture book that waves the flag for the humble pant" * Guardian *
"Perfect giggle aloud picture book with silly rhymes and bright pictures of pants of all kinds. Great fun" * Sunday Mirror *
"Enormous fun" * TES *
"An amusing picture book celebration of underwear big and small, that will make children everywhere laugh their socks off. The bright, bold illustrations complement the witty text perfectly" * Waterstones Books Quarterly *
"For pure, bright, toddler delight, grab a copy of Pants . . . This is the kind of wild, wacky, mischievous picture book that we expect from this winning duo. Do not underestimate toddler power; you will be inventing a tune to the rhythmic beat of the text and singing this book again and again every night" * Bookseller *

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