Sunday, March 17, 2013

Big Girl Panties: Fran Manushkin and Valeria Petrone

Big Girl Panties begins:

Bye-bye, diapers!

I wear panties.

Happy panties!
Snappy panties!
Panties! Panties! Hip hooray!
Panties for every single day.
(art of 7 colorful patterned pairs of undies)

This is a true board book—small size and sturdy pages. It’s also a celebration of the joys of moving up and moving on in life, from a tot’s perspective. Oh, the thrill of graduating to panties! It discusses who can wear panties and who cannot in child-like fashion. I especially like the spread in which the girl-tot is informing her stuffed animals that:

No, crocodile!
You can’t wear panties.
Only big girls can wear panties.

Valeria Petrone’s style is perfect for this board book. It’s colorful, relatable, and contemporary. Love the hair!

(Also reviewed by Lorie Ann here on readertotz!)

Author: Fran Manushkin
Illustrator: Valeria Petrone
Robin Corey Books, 2012

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