Mr. Pants

Mr. Pants

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Book - 2015
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As Halloween approaches Mr. Pants, his mom and sisters, share a series of adventures as they choose costumes and get stuck at the airport when they miss their flight.
Publisher: New York, New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780525428114
Characteristics: 127 pages :,colour illustrations ;,19 cm.
Additional Contributors: Lazzell, R. H. - Illustrator


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Jul 31, 2019

ABOVE ALL, ENJOY! There is of course never one right way to read, so go for the shared pleasure. Once children make the story happen in their imagination, they have discovered the thrill of reading.

Jul 31, 2019

TALK ABOUT THE PICTURES: Point out how the artist paces the story with pauses (silent panels) or speeded-up action (a bursts of short panels). Discuss how the size and shape of the panels carry meaning.

Jul 31, 2019

HAM IT UP! Think of the comic book story as a play and embrace the opportunity to read with expression and intonation. Assign parts or get kids to supply the sound effect; a great way to reinforce phonics skills.

Jul 31, 2019

LET THEM GUESS: Comics provide lots of context for the words, so emerging readers can make informed guesses. Like jigsaw puzzles, comics ask readers to make connections, so check a young audience’s understanding by asking “What’s this character thinking?” (But don’t be surprised if a kid finds some of the comics’ subtle details faster than you.)

Jul 31, 2019

Toon Books provided “How to Read Comics with Kids” on the end leaf of The Shark King. The advice is transferable:
GUIDE YOUNG READERS: Use your finger to show your place in the text, but keep it at the bottom of the speaking character so it doesn’t hide the very important facial expressions.


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Jul 31, 2019

I was driven to unexpected bursts of laughter. I've not read the other volumes, but this one struck my funny bone several times. Gems of humour for the Adult Reader. Charming and child friendly. I've included Toon Books "How to read comic books with young readers" in the Quotes.

Dec 29, 2016

I started recommending the Mr. Pants series when we'd only read the first two books. The first one cracked me up, but the second one didn't feel like it quite came together - despite some very funny parts. This one, though? This is GOLD. McCormick tells this story with so much confidence, setting up jokes early in the book that pay off chapters later. Chapter Five is one of the best things I've ever read in comics, and Chapter Seven is a sweet fulfillment of little Grommy's heartfelt desire. Siblings CAN be nice to each other! Even if they're cats.

The plot, in case you need more convincing: Mr. Pants, Grommy, and Foot Foot (3 cats who live with their mom as though they were human children) have BIG plans for Halloween. The annual Zombie Tag game is going to be great! Trick or Treating is going to be great! All they need are costumes, which Mommy is NOT allowed to make this year. Not after last year's debacle. ("I don't even know what I'm supposed to be!") But the costume shop is cleaned out by the time they get there. And Mommy's bought them all airplane tickets to visit grandparents. WHAT?! Add a freak snowstorm that strands them in the airport and things aren't going to end well. Or are they?

If you only read one book in this series, make it this one.

LPL_MichaelB Mar 31, 2016

Completely hilarious.
The Mr Pants series by Scott McCormick and R.H. Lazzell has a charm all it's own. With relentless humor that does not pander to it's audience (which is around 3rd grade and up reading level wise), these short graphic-style chapter books are great to share with the whole family.

JCLChrisK Feb 08, 2016

This third Mr. Pants books finally won me over to the series after my hesitant endorsement of the first one (and somewhat warmer reception of the second). The sibling antics are less mean-spirited and more mischievous in this volume and the exaggerated silliness is more human. It's definitely a series that many young readers will enjoy.

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