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  • No Pants! by Jacob Grant
  • Kate Quealy-Gainer, Assistant Editor
Grant, Jacob No Pants!; written and illus. by Jacob Grant. Viking, 2021 [40p]
Trade ed. ISBN 9780593117668 $17.99
E-book ed. ISBN 9780593117675 $10.99
Reviewed from digital galleys R 3–6 yrs

On the morning of Party Day, young Pablo dutifully does as his father asks, but the kiddo draws the line at putting on pants. His father good-naturedly explains that pants are a must for party attendance, but Pablo argues that not everyone wears pants publicly (witness the photo of Grandpa and his speedos). When Dad continues to insist, Pablo wears his pants as a cape and then a hat, and then tries to dress the dog until Dad finally loses his patience and Pablo acquiesces; the joke’s on Dad, though, because the party’s at the pool, so . . . no pants needed. The wardrobe battle will be familiar to many kids and their caretakers, and this story adds a bit of an edge to it: Pablo is definitely trying to push his dad’s buttons, and his devilish expression and mischievous antics will incite plenty of giggles from youngsters (and groans of frustration from the adults). The art displays Grant’s characteristic style with boxy figures, geometric layouts, and vivid colors, and it maximizes emotion with simple but effective contrasting hues (the burst of purples and red after pages of whites and golds when Dad finally loses it grabs viewer attention immediately). Use this with Black’s Naked! (BCCB 7/14) or Watkins’ Pete With No Pants (BCCB 5/17) for a joyful celebration of eschewing the constraints of clothes—but make it clear that pants are nonetheless a requirement for storytime. [End Page 297]



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