Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

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This story, featuring Gilbert the beloved opossum, is a wise and funny tale of truth and liesand butterflies!that's a perfect tie-in for President's Day, Independence Day, and school units on biography.

Gilbert is nervous about portraying George Washington in front of the class, and he feels even worse when he cannot find his main prop.

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This story, featuring Gilbert the beloved opossum, is a wise and funny tale of truth and liesand butterflies!that's a perfect tie-in for President's Day, Independence Day, and school units on biography.

Gilbert is nervous about portraying George Washington in front of the class, and he feels even worse when he cannot find his main prop.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
DeGroat (Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink) brings back Gilbert, the affable opossum, as he prepares to play George Washington in a class skit reenacting the young Washington's admission that he cut down the cherry tree. When it is time to go home, Gilbert sneaks his three-cornered hat into his book bag so that he can practice his lines that evening. In a comical dinner-table scene, the aspiring actor stays in character a bit too well, insisting that he "cannot tell a lie" and hurting feelings by announcing that he does not like the soup his mother has made and that his younger sister is "a big copycat." But an interesting turn of events causes life to imitate art, as Gilbert finds himself reenacting George Washington's words in a situation that arises at school the next day. As always, deGroat's amusingly detailed watercolor art portrays the hero as he runs through an array of emotions, and Gilbert's animal classmates make an endearing crew. The dynamics between family members and friends are spot-on. This sprightly story delivers a clear moral in a gentle voice. Ages 5-8. (Feb.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Gilbert finds himself in an unpleasant situation: his teacher has assigned all of the students to perform plays on the famous people they have been studying. His other group members are two very intimidating students that are sure to run the show. By virtue of teacher intervention, Gilbert is chosen to play the lead role of George Washington. He is given a three-cornered hat from the costume box to wear for the play, but it doesn't help him remember his lines. When the group members get frustrated with him, Gilbert decides that he is going to learn the lines perfectly. He begins practicing at every opportunity. In order to continue his practice at home, Gilbert secretly takes the hat home with him. His confidence builds and he is ready for the play. Unfortunately, the hat ends up missing and Gilbert is to blame. Before he realizes it, the blame has been placed on someone else as a saboteur. Rather than own up to it, Gilbert jumps right into the mix and blames his friend. Again, the teacher intervenes when the hat is returned by Gilbert's mother, but Gilbert must confront his dishonest actions—taking the hat without permission and blaming someone else for its disappearance. Since he is portraying Washington, one of history's most notably honest figures, Gilbert learns a lesson about owning up to his actions and apologizing to his friends. This is a moral tale with a happy ending that is suitable for young readers. 2003, SeaStar Books,
— Carol Lynch
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-When Gilbert the opossum takes on the part of George Washington in a play about the cherry tree, he is determined to do a good job. "I cannot tell a lie," he practices continuously, but his mother explains, "Sometimes it's better to say nothing than to hurt people's feelings." And when he borrows the hat from his costume to practice at home and forgets to bring it back, he is quick to blurt out, "I didn't take it!" only to be caught in the lie. DeGroat creatively weaves a story around truth and lies and accompanies it with bright colorful illustrations of the animals that make up Gilbert's class. This entertaining tale provides good discussion material and should be a winner at storytime.-Anne Knickerbocker, formerly at Cedar Brook Elementary School, Houston, TX Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Using the story of George Washington and the cherry tree as inspiration, school children realize that the lessons they learn about honesty extend beyond the skit they perform. Paired with the class know-it-all, Phillip, and bossy Margaret, Gilbert decides that instead of playing George Washington or his father, he would prefer to play the part of the cherry tree. Unfortunately, because Phillip and Margaret cannot decide who will get the starring role, they must draw names--and Gilbert draws the part of George. Nervous about messing up his lines, Gilbert practices at every opportunity. At lunch, "I cannot tell a lie. It is peanut butter and jelly!" In math class, "I cannot tell a lie. The answer is twelve." His newfound honesty is tested, though when Gilbert takes home the hat from his costume and leaves it there by mistake. Finding that practicing lines is easier than practicing honesty, Gilbert tries to get out of trouble. Almost allowing another classmate to take the blame for the missing hat, Gilbert is soon caught in his lie and learns a powerful lesson. Amusing illustrations of the menagerie of animals that make up the classroom population accompany this tale with a moral message. Readers who have enjoyed Gilbert’s earlier exploits will look forward to more from this remarkably human opossum. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811854535
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 8/17/2006
  • Series: Gilbert and Friends Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 269,011
  • Age range: 1 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane deGroat

Diane DeGroat has illustrated nearly 100 books for children. She is also the author-illustrator of the popular stories about Gilbert the opossum, including Happy Birthday to You, You Belong in a Zoo and Jingle Bells, Homework Smells. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2005

    The Play

    Gilbert did not want to make a mistake in the school play. He wore a hat home and pretended to be George Washington. He did not tell a lie. The next day he does not have the hat for the play, because he forgot it at home. His mom comes and gives him the hat. It's a good story for kids to read and learn not to take stuff they shouldn't.

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