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Aug 26 2010

Pants and More Pants by Giles Andreae and Nick Sharratt

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David Fickling Books, 2010.
(Ages 2-99) Highly Recommended. Originally published as two separate books, Pants and More Pants is a celebration of underwear in all its glory - whether gracing royalty or gorillas. It has delighted members of my family ranging in age from three to forty three, including a world weary teenager who was observed chuckling at the pictures (in a post modernist way) while eating his breakfast. The 'books are boring' seven year old loved reading it to his younger brother who is at a stage where putting underpants on your head is the height of comedic action.
Sharratt's hilarious illustrations and Andreae's rhythmical rhyme make this a perfect book to read aloud and share.  According to research children laugh up to 300 times a day compared with only fifteen times for adults. Read this book to a young child and you'll enjoy a full day's dose in the space of a few minutes. Great fun and highly recommended.
The last page suggests you design some pants of your own, so be prepared with crayons and paper. I never realised how much fun drawing knickers could be!
Claire Larson.

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