Lulupop rarely puts up a fuss, except when it comes to wearing pants. Dresses, dresses, dresses, is all she will ever wear! With time, a little drama, and no lack of imagination, Lulupop realizes that wearing dresses is not always the best choice.
Before I was a blogger and vintage bookseller, I taught 3 and 4 year olds at a play-based preschool. Each year there were always a couple of little girls who wanted to wear their prettiest dresses to school. I always reminded parents that we would be fingerpainting, going to the playground, decorating cookies, planting flower seeds - and pants were practical for active play. I wish that Pants! No Chance! had been in my classroom library. It would have been a great read aloud to share.
Pants! No Chance! is a charming picture book for young children. Lulupop wants to wear a dress to school every day, although her mother suggests that pants might be more appropriate. Because of this, Lulupop finds riding a bike difficult, cannot participate in gym, and scrapes her knees on the playground. Young readers will find out how she decides that it might not be such a bad idea to wear pants to school.
The storytelling in this book is fun and lively. A week in Lulupop's school life is presented with details about each day. The drama and school adventures will make for a great read aloud at home or in a classroom.
The illustrations by Alexandre Rouillard are charming. The colors are bright and vivid, and the pictures help advance the story.
I would recommend this book for preschool children or early readers (kindergarten to first grade). It would be a fun book to read at home, but also a nice addition to a school library.
Susan Lanyi lives in Montreal with her husband, three children and puppy. She is a writer and has previously been published in The Globe and Mail. When Susan is not busy writing or doing "mom stuff" she is shopping for dresses with her daughter….Too bad her daughter only wants to wear pants!
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Prize: One of 5 print copies of Pants! No Chance! Open internationally. Ends March 7.