Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Shopping for Spud Slacks! Potato Pants by Laurie Keller

Potato is a tuber who aspires to be a sartorial star. When he sees a sale flyer for high-fashion pants at Lance Vance's Family Pants Store, he knows he's gotta be there early. As the ad says...

"Once they're gone, they're GONE!

But Potato is no saggy-baggy-bottoms kind of guy.
"I want a stripey pair just like the ones in the window, with stripey suspenders for added stripey-ness!"

Potato's heart is set on a pair of haute couture Tuberto pants. However, Potato is not the only stripey pants shopper on the premises.

Eggplant has staked out a claim to the only pair of stripey pants that fits Potato. Eggplant snatches them up and threatens Potato, who's intimidated by threats of being mashed.
If he had potato boots he'd be shaking in them.

But the big-bottomed Eggplant has miscalculated the fit of the stripey pair, and when he pulls them on, there's an embarrassing RIP in the rear. Can Potato step in and score the ripped pants after all?

In her Potato Pants! (Henry Holt and Company), Theodor Seuss Geisel award winner Laurie Keller pulls out the puns and lays on the alliteration to tell a gloriously silly shopping story, utilizing satiric speech balloons from the would-be trendy 'tator dandy who finally snags the modish bottoms of his dreams in this stylish tale of sartorial aspirations. Artist Keller pulls out all the stops in her illustrations, stacking various media--markers, acrylic paints, colored pencil, potato printing, collage, and digital art--to give this one an amazing media mix to this delicious read-aloud of voguish vegetables. Writes Booklist, "A manic tale that’s going to be very hard to read without inducing “peels” of laughter . . . Keller constructs an alliteration-rich narrative using plenty of exclamation points and big type in multiple colors to crank the volume up even further. It’s potato pandemonium, any way you slice it.

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