cover image Penrods Pants

Penrods Pants

Mary Blount Christian, Christian. Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, $11.95 (56pp) ISBN 978-0-02-718520-1

Dyer's exceptionally vivid watercolors highlight a new work by veteran Christian, author of the Sebastian (Super Sleuth) series, who tells five stories in this clever Ready-to-Read. Penrod Porcupine is a pint-sized Tom Sawyer in tennis shoes. When Griswold Bear has a loose tooth, Penrod suggests that he climb a tree, ""Tie this string to the branch. Then jump!'' When Griswold's new pants don't fit, Penrod solves the problem by cutting first one pant leg then the other until they are ``just perfect''for Penrod himself, that is. Whether the two pals are arguing about the etiquette of taking the last cookie on the plate, or walking each other home all night so each can avoid walking home alone, they never fail to charm. (69)