Fancy Pants by Kelly Hibbert and Amanda Graham (Raising Literacy Australia Inc) PB ISBN 9780994385352
Reviewed by Dianne Bates
A picture book for children aged 2 to 6 years, this is a debut book written by a primary school teacher and an illustrator who has produced over 100 books and has been short-listed for the CBCA Book of the Year awards. It is one of a number of books produced by The Big Little Book Club which distributes free books to parents to improve children’s literacy.
In rhyming text, this story tells of dingo who ‘wore his coat with pride/while dancing with delight’ in the northern desert sands. When the Outback Dance is held near Bunyip’s Bluff, Dingo bemoans the fact that he has no pants to wear like the other ‘animals in fancy pants’. These animals -- emu, wombat, kangaroo et al –offer to sew pants for dingo when none will fit him. Finally he is beautifully outfitted in multi-coloured attire with fringe, baubles, and a decorate belt. Finally, dressed appropriately the dingo frolics with ‘his pants so fancy’ under the Southern Cross with a multitude of animals.
This is a simple story, nothing deep and meaningful with bright, cheerful illustrations that is sure to amuse children aged 12 months to three years.