The Day We Danced in Underpants [NOOK Book]

Overview

An invitation to picnic with the King of France sends a young boy, his papa, two big dogs, and three wild aunts dancing their way across the French countryside. When the time comes to dine with the royals, Papa's energetic dance moves catch up with him and his worn pants burst at the seams. The stage is set for a wild party that finds even the stuffiest nobles getting down in their unmentionables.

Sarah Wilson's uproarious text makes for a ...
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The Day We Danced in Underpants

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Overview

An invitation to picnic with the King of France sends a young boy, his papa, two big dogs, and three wild aunts dancing their way across the French countryside. When the time comes to dine with the royals, Papa's energetic dance moves catch up with him and his worn pants burst at the seams. The stage is set for a wild party that finds even the stuffiest nobles getting down in their unmentionables.

Sarah Wilson's uproarious text makes for a boisterous read-aloud, but it's Catherine Stock's hilarious portrayals of cavorting courtiers and gallant guests that will have kids begging for more of this raucous summertime romp.
  • Great spring read-aloud.
  • Reviews"This lesson in kindness and grace in ameliorating an embarrassing situation is one that frown-ups will appreciate, while the joie de vivre of the characters, rhyme, and art will have children-who are always game for an underwear adventure-dancing to the rhythm."-School Library Journal "Kids will enjoy seeing grown-ups embarrassed and acting wacky in spirited and lushly detailed watercolor-and-ink illustrations."-San Francisco Chronicle"...a colorful summertime beat-the-heat story-and what child can resist a story about skivvies."-Kirkus ReviewsJuly/August 2008 summer reading recommendation-Nick Jr. Magazine
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken and Sylvia Marantz
One summer day a family receives an invitation to picnic with the King of France. After his Papa has bought "sunny, dappled, dancing pants," our young narrator, his three "wild aunts," Papa, and two big dogs dance their way through France for the occasion. The jaunty verse describes how they dress up in the hot, fancy clothes of two or three centuries ago, arriving at the palace already overheated. The palace is impressive—the table in a glade is laden with food—but when Papa sits down, his tight pants split, showing his underwear. No one can keep from laughing. The king declares that everyone must strip down to underwear. It is a relief for them all, leading to a "splendid day" indeed. From the jacket scene of the gaily-dancing characters, including dogs, Stock visualizes a jolly adventure. Her black line pen and ink drawings radiate vitality as the many characters refuse to stay still. Bits of collage add to the masses of interactive watercolors. We even see a properly costumed Puss in Boots with the king, adding to the fun. Wildly decorative floral end pages heighten emotion. Reviewer: Ken and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1- An invite to picnic with the King and Queen of France brings a man, his son, two big dogs, and three wild aunts skipping and dancing along to the palace on a blisteringly hot day. Once there and about to be seated for a meal, poor Papa has a wardrobe malfunction-his pants rip with a healthy "BRRRRRRPT!!," leaving him with his underwear exposed. The court dandies burst into laughter, but the day and Papa are saved when the King declares that everyone must strip down to undies to dance. Stock's airy, riotous watercolors are a perfect match for this silly rhyming tale. Her dancers leap and cavort across the color-filled pages, and the pantaloons, bloomers, and unmentionables allow the dancers a welcome coolness. This lesson in kindness and grace in ameliorating an embarrassing situation is one that grown-ups will appreciate, while the joie de vivre of the characters, rhyme, and art will have children-who are always game for an underwear adventure-dancing to the rhythm.-Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha Public Library, WI

Kirkus Reviews
I see London, I see France, I see Papa's underpants! Poor Papa's fancy dancing pants almost survive the trip from his home to the palace, where he and his family have been invited to picnic with the King of France. But the twirling and skipping and fried-egg heat of the journey take their toll, and when Papa tries "to take his chair... / BRRRRRRPT!! / we heard a thunderous tear!" Papa's embarrassment inspires the King to decree that all of the many overdressed attendees should shed their burdensome regalia, and in a blur of "stripes and checks...hearts and bows," all assembled kick up their heels in their knickers. Wilson's easy rhyming text is amusing, and Stock's now-signature watercolor and sketchy pen-and-ink pictures are comic and cunning (look for crown-wearing cows and kitties and Puss-in-Boots among the courtiers). Not a necessity, but a colorful summertime beat-the-heat story-and what child can resist a story about skivvies? (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385373180
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 3/27/2013
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 30
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

CATHERINE STOCK is based in New York but does much of her painting in her cottage in France.

SARAH WILSON is the author of many beloved books for children. She lives in Danville, California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2014

    Cute

    The story is cute and rhythmic. The pictures are very small. Book not adapted properly to tablet size. No read to me function. Expected more as the book cost ten bucks.

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