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Pete With No Pants Hardcover – May 2, 2017
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"Pete and his mother discover the joy of being seen for who you are and for having the freedom to express that.pants or no pants."-The Horn Book Magazine
"This is a book you will no doubt want to read aloud again and again"--Books and Whatnot
"The escalating humor is tailor-made for little ones, as is the gentle affirmation that being oneself is the best thing of all."--Booklist
"A lovely, absurd little tale with humor both jubilant and sardonic."-Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Many hidden delights."-School Library Journal
"Huge fun."--The New York Times
"Good for some laughs."--Geek Dad
About the Author
Rowboat Watkins is a dad who likes to tell stories and draw. Nobody knows why his wife started calling him Rowboat. He was a fellow of Maurice Sendak's and lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.
Top customer reviews
It has several levels to it therefore having a wide appeal to kids of all ages.
Parents can have a sweet discussion about being yourself and that being just perfect
I love that there is a moral here, but it’s for the parents not the kids. That is to let your little one be who they truly are. The ending has the mother elephant who is dressed quite conservatively and has been watching with a worried expression finally just accepting Pete for who he is. The writing is mostly done in asides spoken by Pete and the other animals. It’s wry and great fun, just right for reading aloud.
Watkins’ illustrations have a great softness to them, colors that are subtle and smear on the page. The background isn’t a pure white but a soft textured gray. The pages move from full double-page spreads to smaller comic-book framing that plays in tune with the speech bubbles on the pages. Don’t miss the denim end pages too, and notice the difference between the front and back ones.
A joyous call to support our children, whoever they are. Appropriate for ages 3-5.