on July 15, 2008
An invitation to a picnic with the King! That is cause for excitement. A young boy, his papa, three wild aunts, and two dogs all take off across France for the event. When the day of the picnic arrives, everyone carefully prepares for the picnic. But oh, dear! Papa's pants are more than a bit tight and they burst at the seams when he sits down.
After the shock of pants bursting, people begin to titter, guffaw and even laugh. But the King declares that everyone will strip to their underwear. And they did. And they had a marvelous time dancing in their underwear.
Told in rhyme, the story is delightful, lots of fun and whimsical. Catherine Stock's colorful illustrations are fun-filled but may be a bit frenetic for some children. Three of my grandchildren loved the story but were not as taken with the illustrations.
Armchair Interviews says: Children will love this silly, fun story told in rhyme and will ask for it over and over.
on January 5, 2016
This is one of our favorites at bed time for my 3.5yo. The musical flow of the words paints a whimsical dance of joy. Join a boy and his family through the french countryside to join the king and queen at a summer garden party.
The story is beautifully written and illustrated. We love the silly details tucked in the pictures, the lovely queen, and the quirky aunts. We giggle at all the intricate underpants of the party goers and wish we were there!