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Pantaloon (A Golden Classic) [Kindle Edition]

Kathryn Jackson , Steven Salerno
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

Kindle Price: $7.99
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Book Description

Pantaloon is a poodle with a sweet tooth. He adores cookies and yummy pastries. So when the Baker is looking for a helper, Pantaloon applies for the job.

“Oh, no, Pantaloon!” says the Baker. “You look to me as if you’d eat more than you’d bake.” But Pantaloon proves him wrong in this charming Golden classic, brilliantly reillustrated by Steven Salerno.


From the Hardcover edition.


Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2—This newly illustrated story (originally published by Golden Bks. in 1951) recounts the madcap efforts of a pastry-loving poodle to be hired at a local bakery. Pantaloon, zipping around the city on a shiny red bicycle and decked out in snazzy striped pants, answers a Help Wanted sign only to be rebuffed, even in clever disguise. But when Baker lands in bed, bruised and bumped from tripping over Pantaloon's misplaced bicycle, the remorseful pup swoops in to save the day by completing all the orders. Pantaloon is an overnight sensation with the customers, who clamor for his return. Baker pleads for Pantaloon to come back in letters on a giant cake in the store window, and they become "the two happiest bakers in the whole world." The final illustration, a coda to the text, bears a visual clue to Pantaloon's inevitable success. While the story line is slight and often contrived, the stylized, retro-looking full-color illustrations are snappy and appealing, and breathe new life into this classic for another generation. A worthy choice for storytime read-alouds.—Kathleen Finn, St. Francis Xavier School, Winooski, VT
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

Kathryn Jackson wrote dozens of Golden Books and story collections in the 1940s and 1950s, some of which have never been out of print. Her many titles include The Animals’ Merry Christmas and Tawny Scrawny Lion, and, with her husband, Byron, The Saggy Baggy Elephant and Pirates, Ships, and Sailors.

Steven Salerno has illustrated many popular picture books for children, including Mrs. Wow Never Wanted a Cow by Martha Freeman, The Dirty Little Boy by Margaret Wise Brown, and Chicken Chuck by Bill Martin, Jr. His illustrations also appear in magazines, advertising campaigns, and on product packaging. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

  • File Size: 8860 KB
  • Print Length: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Golden Books (March 23, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QZA58C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,040,748 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Poodle lovers! January 21, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Long, long time ago, when I was just a little girl, my sister and I would go visit our great aunt and in a special drawer she had wonderful books that she would read to us. Our favorite book was Pantaloon, a wonderful poodle who rode a bike and worked at a bakery. When my great aunt passed away we searched her house high and low for our favorite book, but it had long ago been lost. I have searched for the book for years, so I could share it with the children in my life. Now I have found it. I recomend this book to anyone who wants to cuddle up in a big chair on a raining day and read to a little one on their lap. What memories I have.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pantaloon, you're back! April 30, 2000
Format:Hardcover
When I was a child, my elder sister's copy of Pantaloon was passed on to me. Thirty years later I still had it, though the cover had long been torn off. Nevertheless, I read it to my daughters and they both delighted in it as much as I had. I never quite gave up hope in finding a pristine copy of it one day. It's timeless; simply lovely.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
"Pantaloon" is a reissued Golden Books classic for children ages 2-5, much loved since its original incarnation in 1951, renewed in 1979 and updated for reissue 2010. "Pantaloon" re-emerges packed with all the fun and fabulous colorful paintings of French poodle Pantaloon on his shiny red bicycle, unlikely baker's assistant and prompt delivery dog. A whole new generation of young readers will learn to love the antics and unlikely successes and popularity of the fabulous Pantaloon. Just the image of Pantaloon in the Baker's shop rolling out dough and icing cakes with delicious pink frosting is enough to brighten up anyone's gray day. "Pantaloon" is surely a classic work about the power of optimism, positive thinking, and joy that overcomes adversity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I never forgot this book! July 11, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I'm 54 yrs old and remember sitting in my grandparents' living room as a small child, enthralled with Pantaloon. This is a wonderful book, wonderfully illustrated. My search is over and I can now share it with my own grandchild.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute classic March 26, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Always on the lookout for books for my 18 month old daughter, I came across Pantaloon and was persuaded by the accompanying rave reviews to give it a try. I'm glad I did as the book immediately hooked her with its wonderful illustrations by Leonard Weisgard and its amusing story of a poodle who desperately wants to help out a reluctant baker. Pantaloon certainly deserves its rank amongst the pantheon of childhood classics and I have every confidence he will become an enduring favorite of my daughter's.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Pantaloon, a black poodle, was on his bicycle racing toward the bakery. He licked his chops and tooted a few musical notes on his horn in anticipation of those "delicious baked-and iced things." Mmmmmm! Pantaloon just loved sweets. Baker, a big jolly man, was placing a "Help Wanted" sign in the window when Pantaloon was arriving. There was nothing better, except perhaps wanting to eat sweets, he could have wanted than to be a baker's helper. Baker would have none of it and quickly turned him away saying, "You look to me as if you'd eat more than you'd bake."

Pantaloon left the shop with his head down, but had an idea. Not long after he left a "very nice old lady in a big bonnet and a blue shawl" showed up at the bakery. She tippy toed on her red heels, swung her purse, and claimed to be a marvelous baker. Well, Baker soon figured out that disguise and Pantaloon was out the door. Next up was a haircut. Perhaps Baker could be fooled into letting him be a helper. On his way back, Baker accidentally tripped over Pantaloon's bicycle and injured himself. Who was going to do the baking? Was Baker ever going to let him be a helper after this fiasco?

This delightful, humorous tale about Pantaloon, a desperate wanna be baker, will simply charm the reader. I loved the determination of Pantaloon and could picture him wanting to help out the "Cake Boss." The nostalgic illustrations caught Pantaloons desire to be a helper, but also brought out the humor of the situation. The illustrations definitely have that 1950s Golden Book flair to them that will make the adult reader smile when they remember not only Pantaloon, but numerous other Golden Book characters. If you have a youngster who would appreciate a slightly zany, humorous dog, Pantaloon is the dog for you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Poodle Lovers December 2, 2004
Format:Hardcover
I got the book on the recommendation of a friend and we just loved it! We giggled as we read it because we imagined our own standard poodle doing the crazy things that Pantaloon does. No wonder Pantaloon inspired so many people to get poodles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pantaloon January 11, 2003
Format:Hardcover
Wonderful book! Pantaloon IS what a Standard Poodle is all about!!!! My Mom used to read my siblings and I, this book almost every night! Pantaloon IS the reason that my mom got her Standard Poodle, Schatzi! Pantaloon IS Schatzi! This book is a MUST read for children and adults alike!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This was one of my favorite books when I was a child
This was one of my favorite books when I was a child. So happy to be able to share iyt with my granddaughter. Good companion for the cupcake game she got for her birthday.
Published 2 days ago by Karen's Fantasy
5.0 out of 5 stars brings back wonderful childhood memories
I had this book as a child and had fond memories. It was great to relive these memories with the original version of this book.
Published 25 days ago by Toni Panarelli
5.0 out of 5 stars favorite childhood story
Pantaloon was my husband's favorite childhood story, and we read it endlessly to our kids when they were small. It's about an adorable poodle who wants to be a baker. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Larry
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story!
Had this golden book as a kid and it introduced me to a lifelong
love affair with poodles! Try it!
Published 4 months ago by Amy E. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars My son loves this book
I got Pantaloon, the revised edition (same text as the 1951 version from Kathryn Jackson, but new pictures, and a larger format) for my son for Christmas. He'll be 3 in March. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute book
my six year old loved this hAppily ever after story about a dog.
pantaloon loves to bake and proves that he is a hard worker.
Published 6 months ago by Louis Green
1.0 out of 5 stars bait and switch
Why use original 1951 text but use new illustrations? I purchased expecting the book I grew up with, but now very disappointed. Will try to return it.
Published 6 months ago by Allen Razdow
5.0 out of 5 stars A yummy read!
Such a cute story for both boys and girls, my 6 year old really enjoyed it. Persistence really pays off for Pantaloon!
Published 10 months ago by thegirlinjeans
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic children's book
This is a reissue of an adorable, fun to read, classic children's book. The new illustrations aren't as good as the one's from the old golden book but they're just fine. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Bree13
5.0 out of 5 stars favorite story when i was a kid
and still loved it though preferred the previous illustrator. the story is ageless and I gave it as a present to my (adult) friend the baker!
Published 17 months ago by G. Weiss
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