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Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire Paperback – August 10, 2006

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Kindergarten-Grade 2-When Gilbert the opossum takes on the part of George Washington in a play about the cherry tree, he is determined to do a good job. "I cannot tell a lie," he practices continuously, but his mother explains, "Sometimes it's better to say nothing than to hurt people's feelings." And when he borrows the hat from his costume to practice at home and forgets to bring it back, he is quick to blurt out, "I didn't take it!" only to be caught in the lie. DeGroat creatively weaves a story around truth and lies and accompanies it with bright colorful illustrations of the animals that make up Gilbert's class. This entertaining tale provides good discussion material and should be a winner at storytime.
Anne Knickerbocker, formerly at Cedar Brook Elementary School, Houston, TX
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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K-Gr. 2. Okay, so the story of George Washington's cutting down the cherry tree has been proven more hagiography than biography, but this story, in which Gilbert the opossum plays Washington in the familiar incident, is so much fun allowances can be made. Gilbert isn't crazy about his role; he would prefer to be the tree so he doesn't blow any lines. Against the rules, he brings his Washington hat home to better practice his part, but he goes overboard with the story's signature line, as when his mother feeds him a new soup: "I cannot tell a lie. I don't like it." The next day he forgets to bring the hat back, and he implies Philip took it. He then gets a good lesson in the importance of telling the truth (and another in forgiveness, from Philip) that brings the story full circle. Fans of previous books about Gilbert, such as Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet (1998), will appreciate Gilbert's return, and new readers will be drawn right in by the humorous text, the sprightly art with its all-animal cast, and the message that peeks through the fun. Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Reprint edition (August 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811854531
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811854535
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.2 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #734,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Diane deGroat is the illustrator of more than 120 children's books and the author-illustrator of other bestselling books about Gilbert, including Mother, You're the Best! (But Sister, You're a Pest!); Last One in Is a Rotten Egg!; Trick or Treat, Smell my Feet; Jingle Bells, Homework Smells; Happy Birthday to You, You Belong in a Zoo; No More Pencils, No More Books, No More Teacher's Dirty Looks!; Brand-new Pencils, Brand-new Books; and the New York Times bestseller roses are pink, your feet really stink. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Darcy on April 12, 2009
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All of Diane de Groat's books in the Gilbert are enjoyable to read, but this is one of the stellar ones. As always, the illustrations are wonderful with lots of interesting details it them, and they add wonderfully to the story. Often children's books that intend to teach a lesson can be very heavy handed, but this one is not. Yes, Gilbert learns that lying is bad, and learns that always speaking the full truth isn't always a good thing (sometimes it's better to keep quiet), but you aren't bashed over the head with it again and again. It makes the point nicely and then keeps moving on, interspersed with humor and good entertainment.

My child aged 4.75 *loves* this book and asked me to read it multiple times a day during its first week in the house, including twice in a row at bed time. A very high endorsement from her! This is the type of well done book that I truly enjoy reading over and over again, too. So many children's books can be a real chore to read multiple times. The story is charming, interesting, sweet and believable, without being patronizing, condescending or smarmy.

For other people just starting into the Gilbert series, I especially recommend the Halloween one (my personal favorite), the birthday one and the Easter one. Unfortunately, some of the older ones are getting harder to find, but fortunately the author is still writing new ones. Hurrah, for good books!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. D. Cox VINE VOICE on October 6, 2007
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Let me tell you a feel-good story. It involves love - the love of a mother for her daughter, and a child's passionate, exhilarated, uncomplicated love for books. This is the true story of Deb Raymer, and her daughter Sabrina, and how I came to know them. This holiday season, I am grateful that Deb has shared parts of her story, and that through her mom, Sabrina has shared a wonderful cast of characters previously unknown to me.

A couple of months ago, Deb asked me to help her find a series of books. All Sabrina wants for Christmas is "Gilbert". Deb needed to order multiple copies of each book in the collection, she explained. Sabrina loves the "Gilbert" books so much, that she reads them to pieces. Literally. While I am always thrilled to see someone who loves books that much, that's not even the best part of the story. Sabrina is mentally and physically handicapped. She has a job at Partners in Progress that she enjoys. Whenever she rides to work on the bus, she has a "Gilbert" book - or two, or three - in her bag, and she "reads" them to the other passengers. Sabrina has memorized her favorite books. Her mother needs to keep buying new copies of them because Sabrina pages through them so much and so often that they fall apart.

Gilbert, the hedgehog, and his sister Lola, are creations from the paintbrush and pen of Diane de Groat. This author/illustrator started working in children's literature by doing the artwork for some well-known children's authors, such as Lois Lowry and Eve Bunting. De Groat started on her Gilbert series in 1996 with "Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink", which is still Sabrina's favorite.

I hadn't heard of de Groat, and Deb gave my literary ego a boost by reassuring me that I'm not alone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paula S. on June 19, 2013
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I'm a school counselor for elementary students. I need lots of books on life skills. From the title, I thought this would be a good book on honesty. But I found the story too busy for my needs. I donated this book to the school library instead of keeping it for my own use,
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