Reading/Interest Level: Primary
Author: Mark Fearing
One morning, Belbum the giant loses something very important—his pants! As Belbum goes from friend to friend looking for his pants, he tries alternatives that don’t quite work out: a too-short toga, too small gnome pants, and even being buck-naked. Finally Belbum resorts to having his tailor make a new pair of pants—only to come home and find his old pants right where they belong, in the dresser drawer. A fun book with a simple plot, Giant Pants is great for captivating and entertaining young readers.
This book is solely for entertainment. The author does not try to create or utilize opportunities to teach social or conflict resolution skills; he just shares a funny, enjoyable story about a giant’s predicament. There are two great strengths to this book: the format and the fun, diverse characters. The font and illustrations bring a lot to the book. The end pages are an “aged map” of land and all of the illustrations in the book are consistent with medieval lifestyles and the fantasy world of giants. In this regard, Giant Pants offers illustrations and culture that are less common in popular children’s literature. With the main character being a giant, readers are able to add fun voice and expression to read alouds. Overall, Giant Pants is a roaring good time.