Belbum’s pants are missing, and that’s a giant problem!
“Belbum was a giant. And like most giants, he was good at stomping, napping, and losing things.” One morning it’s his pants he loses. He searches the house: no pants. After checking to make sure no one will see his polka-dot boxers, he checks the yard: no pants. He roars in anger (he’s good at being angry, too) and makes a mess of his house. Wondering if his friends can help him, he seeks our Polyphemus the cyclops, who offers him a toga. He seeks out Old Grint the gnome, who offers his stretchy pants (not stretchy enough). And finally Belbum seeks out Lucy the unicorn, who suggests a pants-free existence like hers. Frustrated, Belbum decides the only option is to visit the tailor in town. He makes his way across the land (covering his bits, which are still in the polka-dot boxers, so it’s a bit redundant) and gets several new pairs. He leaves one with each friend in case he loses his pants again. At home he puts his new pants away…and makes a startling discovery in his dresser drawer. The central joke in Fearing’s simple text will tickle toddlers as will the digitally created, bright, cartoon illustrations of the ginger-haired white giant failing miserably to protect his dignity while he acts like a toddler himself.
A scenery-chewing performance will be a hit at giant- and underwear-themed storytimes and anywhere fine undies are appreciated. (Picture book. 2-7)