Saturday, December 15, 2018

Give the Gift of a Good Book This Holiday Season: Potato Pants! by Laurie Keller (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group

I read a new book we were recently sent, to my girls at bedtime tonight, and they couldn't stop laughing. And, as soon as I was done, they asked me to leave it out so that they could read again in the AM, before having me read it to them again at bedtime tomorrow.  So, what had my girls with rosy red cheeks and laughing uncontrollably...well, we were reading the fun new book by Laurie Keller called "Potato Pants!"  And, as the name suggests, this book is about potatoes wearing pants.  Yes, you read that right!  Potatoes wearing pants.  Just imagine for a minute what that would look like.  A great big 'ole spud potato dressed to the tens in a pair of pants.  Snazzy, huh? :-)  Well, this book will show you what happens when a pants store opens their doors for one day only to dress none other than a drove of potatoes.

This cute children's book is not just a book that will have kids laughing as they hear you read to them about potato pants, but they will also learn misunderstanding and forgiveness, too.  I love when books tie in lessons or messages that kids can pull from the story as your read to them.  It is a great way to talk with kids about how to behave or act around others, and help them see the right way of doing things, through a cute story such as this one.  

My girls really enjoyed how the story was told with a narrative as well as the conversation bubbles to let you see what the different potatoes are thinking and saying.  This made for a more fun read, as the girls took turns reading some of the bubbles after I read the narrative part to them.  But, I think the most fun we had was at the end of the book, when we got to the page with the new potato pants fashions that were being worked on.  With a suggestion I found in the teacher's guide, see link below, I had the girls use adjectives to describe the different pants.  We turned this into a fun school lesson to show different ways to describe the pants using adjectives.  My girls really enjoyed this part.  And, tomorrow when they wake and read this book again, they want to sketch a few designs of their own, before we do a potato painting with spuds I picked up.  :-)

If you love cute books that are not only fun to read, but will spark your child's imagination and teach them importance lessons, too, then you will want to check out this fun, laugh out loud book by Laurie Keller.  We will definitely be buying more of the author's books to enjoy together.  You can learn more about the author and her books by following her Facebook page at:

More about this book:

"A potato and his eggplant nemesis struggle to find the perfect pants in this hilarious, heartwarming tale of forgiveness by bestselling Geisel-Award winning creator Laurie Keller.

Potato is excited because today―for one day only― Lance Vance’s Fancy Pants Store is selling . . .POTATO PANTS!

Potato rushes over early, but just as he’s about to walk in, something makes him stop. What could it be? Find out in this one-of-a-kind story about misunderstandings and forgiveness, and―of course―Potato Pants!
A Christy Ottaviano Book
This title has Common Core connections.

**Access the FREE teacher's resource guide here:"


Laurie Keller is the acclaimed author-illustrator of Do Unto OttersArnie, the DoughnutThe Scrambled States of America, and Open Wide: Tooth School Inside, among numerous others. She grew up in Muskegon, Michigan, and always loved to draw, paint and write stories. She earned a B.F.A. at Kendall College of Art and Design, then worked at Hallmark as a greeting card illustrator for seven-and-a-half years, until one night she got an idea for a children’s book. She quit her job, moved to New York City, and soon had published her first book. She loved living in New York, but she has now returned to her home state, where she lives in a little cottage in the woods on the shore of Lake Michigan.

Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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