Stop Those Pants!

Stop Those Pants!

by Mordicai Gerstein
     
 

Murray has to get dressed for school. But his pants don’t want to go! They hide under the bed! They run around the room! And they end up swinging from the ceiling light! Murray’s socks try to help; his belt offers to lasso them. But the pants won’t come down-until Murray offers them a treat they can’t resist.
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Murray has to get dressed for school. But his pants don’t want to go! They hide under the bed! They run around the room! And they end up swinging from the ceiling light! Murray’s socks try to help; his belt offers to lasso them. But the pants won’t come down-until Murray offers them a treat they can’t resist.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this surreal escapade, talking trousers make life difficult for a kid who must dress for school. "I'm sick of SITTING!" Murray's jeans howl as he chases them around the bedroom. Even the boy's Skivvies try to wriggle out of being worn to class (" `Not again!' wailed the underwear"). With a flash of his pale posterior, Murray struggles into the undies, then accepts an offer from his socks and T-shirt to help catch the pants. Yet nothing sways the denim demons until Murray promises them plenty of excitement: "I'll run all the way to school. I'll roll down the biggest hill in the park.... I'll fill your pockets with wonderful things. Please come down." In energetic pen-and-ink and oil drawings, the boy lunges after the bounding blue jeans, which dance lightly around the canary-yellow room; all the while, the orange gorilla face on Murray's T-shirt changes expressions, from frowning to fierce to friendly. Gerstein (Arnold and the Ducks) humorously reasons that even inanimate objects like to have a good time. Although this may be a one-joke picture book, readers may well start to smile the next time they confess "I can't find my..." as they dress to go out. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Trina Heidt
Who ever thought that getting dressed could be such a challenge? On this morning, Murray wakes up to find that his pants are bored and want some fun. The rambunctious pants decide to tease Murray by flitting from place to place about the room. The rest of the clothes try to help Murray catch the runaway rebel pants but to no avail. Finally, Murray bribes the pants into cooperation by promising to run to school, roll down a hill and by filling its pockets full of wonderful things.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2Children faced with the dreaded task of having to get out of bed and get dressed for school may welcome this slapstick story. Murray does get out of bed, but can't put his pants on because they won't let him. His socks and his underwear also refuse to be worn. They don't want to go to school and don't mind leaving the boy quite undressed, as shown from a rear point of view. He finally gets his underwear to cooperate and enlists the aid of his socks, new gorilla T-shirt, and cowboy belt to catch his jeans, which are swinging from the chandelier. Serious negotiations follow as the child offers to fill his pants pockets with a plethora of fun objects: pennies, pistachios, puzzles, etc. This suits his pants and he finally gets himself dressed and down to breakfast. Pen-and-ink and oil paintings set against a white page accompany the fast-paced story that unfolds all in dialogue. An entertaining look at morning mayhem.Susan Pine, New York Public Library

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152014957
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/15/1998
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
3 Years

Meet the Author

MORDECAI GERSTEIN studied art at the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles and has designed and directed animated films. He is the author-illustrator of many books for children, including Stop Those Pants! Mr. Gerstein lives in western Massachusetts.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Northhampton, Massachusetts
Date of Birth:
November 25, 1935
Place of Birth:
Los Angeles, California
Education:
Chouinard Institute of Art
Website:
http://www.mordicaigerstein.com

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