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Stop Those Pants!

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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.

A young boy has trouble getting dressed one morning when his clothes decide to play hard...

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Overview

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.

A young boy has trouble getting dressed one morning when his clothes decide to play hard to get.

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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: 4/15/1998
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.32 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Mordicai Gerstein

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.

Biography

Mordicai Gerstein has always been an artist. As a child, he enjoyed painting and eventually graduated from art school in Los Angeles. He continued painting in New York City and supported himself and his family for 25 years by designing and directing animated television commercials. He says, "I had always loved cartoons, especially Bugs Bunny, and I found I enjoyed making animated films. Even a 30-second commercial involved drawing and painting, storytelling, not to mention actors, music, and sound effects."

During the 1960s, Gerstein made several films that received critical acclaim. In 1966, The Room won the Award of the Film Clubs of France at the International Festival for Experimental Film, and in 1968, The Magic Ring won a CINE Golden Eagle.

His career took a dramatic turn when he met children's author Elizabeth Levy in 1970. He has illustrated her Something Queer Is Going On chapter books ever since, and it was Levy and her editor who encouraged Gerstein to write a book on his own. His debut came in 1983 with Arnold of the Ducks, the story of a young boy who gets lost in the wild and is raised by ducks. The New York Times hailed Gerstein's freshman effort as one of the year's best children's books, and he went on to write two more volumes exploring the theme of feral childhood. In 1998 he released The Wild Boy, a picture book based on the true story of a young 18th-century French boy who was found living in the woods and was put on display as an oddity, only to escape and be captured again years later. That same year, Gerstein released Victor, a young adult novel about the same boy.

Gerstein tells the story is of a Tibetan woodcutter who is given a choice between reincarnation or heaven in The Mountains of Tibet, which received the distinction of being one of 1987's ten best illustrated books of the year, according to The New York Times. Although the book is written for kids around age seven, Gerstein approaches the subject of death with a bold, sensitive plot and elegant illustrations. Spirituality is a major theme in many of Gerstein's books. He has interpreted tales from the Bible in Jonah and the Two Great Fish (1997), Noah and the Great Flood (1999), and Queen Esther the Morning Star (2001). Other titles such as The Seal Mother (1986), The Story of May (1993), and The Shadow of a Flying Bird (1994) also express Gerstein's reverential awe for the world.

Young readers can also stretch their imaginations with Gerstein's more playful books. Vocabulary is fun in The Absolutely Awful Alphabet (1999), where the letter P is actually a particularly putrid predator! Bedtime Everybody! (1996) has a young girl's stuffed animals planning a bedtime picnic. Behind the Couch (1996) takes readers on an exciting caper into an unknown world of grazing dust balls, Lost Coin Hill and the Valley of the Stuffed Animals. In Stop Those Pants (1998), a boy is forced to play hide-and-seek with his clothes as he gets ready for the day. Gerstein pays tribute to American composer Charles Ives in What Charlie Heard (2002), the story of a boy's unique talent for interpreting all the sounds of daily life.

Another biographical picture book, The Man Who Walked Between the Towers (2003) tells the story of Philippe Petit, the daredevil who walked across a tightrope suspended between New York City's World Trade Center towers in 1974. The book won the Caldecott Medal in 2004, and parents have praised the book as an invaluable tool for talking to their children about the events of 9/11.

Many of Gerstein's children's books are destined to be classics. His style of writing and illustration brings each of his stories to life, shows a passion for adventure, and relishes the joy that comes from understanding the mysteries of the world.

Good To Know

Despite a successful career illustrating children's books, the first book Gerstein wrote, Arnold of the Ducks, was turned down by seven publishers. Eventually, The New York Times called it one of the best children's books of the year.

Gerstein was inspired to write The Mountains of Tibet after reading The Tibetan Book of the Dead.

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    1. Hometown:
      Northhampton, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 25, 1935
    2. Place of Birth:
      Los Angeles, California
    1. Education:
      Chouinard Institute of Art
    2. Website:

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