The Practically Perfect Pajamas

The Practically Perfect Pajamas

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by Erik Brooks
     
 
Percy Orlando Leonard Alexander Reginald Bear loves his colorful flannel pajamas more than anything else in the world. But there's one problem - all the other polar bears tease him for being the only one to wear pj's. Percy wants to fit in, so he reluctantly packs away his pajamas. The teasing ends, but Percy runs into a whole new set of problems. Distinctive color

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Percy Orlando Leonard Alexander Reginald Bear loves his colorful flannel pajamas more than anything else in the world. But there's one problem - all the other polar bears tease him for being the only one to wear pj's. Percy wants to fit in, so he reluctantly packs away his pajamas. The teasing ends, but Percy runs into a whole new set of problems. Distinctive color illustrations follow Percy through his troubles as he learns a meaningful lesson about the importance of being true to himself.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
First-time picture book author and artist Brooks pens an optimistic tale of a polar bear shunned by his peers for wearing PJs but who ultimately wins over his detractors. Devoted to his footed pajamas, Percy takes a lot of flak from his fellow bears for wearing them. They call him "fancy pants" and ask, "Why can't you be more like the rest of us?" So Percy puts his jammies away, but finds life without them miserable; plus, the other bears gang up and push him into the sea. In a somewhat simplistic ending, an arctic fox who admires Percy comes up with a plan to distribute pajamas to everyone ("Someone has been living right!" one of the bears concedes). Percy is an amiable protagonist, but he resembles an adult more than a child (he adopts a sophisticated stance, his face has a wizened look, and he reads the paper in bed). The watercolor and colored pencil close-up illustrations are the strongest; the larger compositions tend to lose focus and make the bears look cartoonish, undermining the tension between the protagonist and the other polar bears. Even though the ending isn't entirely convincing, the picture of the ursine cast donning super-sized pajamas in a selection of wild prints (daisies, clown stripes, circus and outer space motifs) add a fillip of fun. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Percy the polar bear loves his colorful, footed pajamas. They keep him warm, protect his snowy white fur, and help him sleep. There is only one problem-the other polar bears tease and make fun of him. Only Aurora, a lovely Arctic fox, secretly admires Percy's spiffy outfit. So he gives in to peer pressure, sheds his garb, and is thoroughly miserable. The polar ice hurts his pads and he spills cocoa on his fur. But worst of all, he can't get a good night's sleep. To add insult to injury, his contemporaries still shun him. Wise Aurora convinces Percy to be himself and share his assorted pj's with the others until all of the bears are arrayed in colorful attire. The fast-paced, humorous text teaches an important lesson without being preachy, while the illustrations impart personality to the protagonists-Aurora and Percy-as well as to the supporting players. Brooks's use of bright primary colors for the clothing juxtaposed against the stark white of the Arctic snow will delight young listeners.-Barbara Buckley, Rockville Centre Public Library, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781890817220
Publisher:
Winslow Press
Publication date:
04/01/2000
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.49(w) x 11.87(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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The Practically Perfect Pajamas 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All I can say is there is a big ($60) reason why I have stopped looking to see if B&N carries a book I want, and I go straight to Amazon.  
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great story for everyone! This book is a great gift idea for any 4 to 7 year old. Thank you, Eric!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A good story for everyone. Great pictures and storyline.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story about a polar bear named Percy is beautifully illustrated and it gently emphasizes important moral lessons. Percy learns that becoming an individual can mean resisting peer pressure. As he learns to stand up for his beliefs, he also gains the respect of others. Brooks tells the story with sensitivity, and his brilliant and detailed art work makes this arctic saga one that readers of all ages will love.