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The practically perfect pajamas
Brooks, Erik, 1972-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Winslow Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Percy gives up his beloved footed pajamas after the other polar bears tease him about them, but then he realizes how useful they were.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.8 0.5 55966.
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Percy Orlando Leonard Alexander Reginald Bear loves his colorful flannel pajamas more than anything else in the world. But there's one problem -- all the other polar bears tease him for being the only one to wear pj's. Percy wants to fit in, so he reluctantly packs away his pajamas. The teasing ends, but Percy runs into a whole new set of problems. Distinctive color illustrations follow Percy through his troubles as he learns a meaningful lesson about the importance of being true to himself.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 6^-8. Percy the polar bear has a problem with peer pressure. He loves his bright red, star-studded, footed flannel pajamas. Unfortunately, the pj's are only "practically perfect" because the other polar bears, attired only in their Arctic fur, tease and ostracize Percy for being different. Percy tries to fit in by discarding his pajamas, but he finds life without them cold, dirty, and miserable. What's more, even after his sacrifice the other bears give him the cold shoulder. An Arctic fox, Aurora, who admires Percy for his individuality, inspires the bear to persist in being himself. Eventually, Percy and Aurora win the friendship of the other bears through an act of inspired generosity, providing a surprise twist and satisfying resolution to a story that every child can identify with. This is a jolly tale with eye-popping illustrations in watercolors and colored pencils. The polar bears' expressions and contortions are priceless. --Connie Fletcher

Publisher's Weekly Review

First-time picture book author and artist Brooks pens an optimistic tale of a polar bear shunned by his peers for wearing PJs but who ultimately wins over his detractors. Devoted to his footed pajamas, Percy takes a lot of flak from his fellow bears for wearing them. They call him "fancy pants" and ask, "Why can't you be more like the rest of us?" So Percy puts his jammies away, but finds life without them miserable; plus, the other bears gang up and push him into the sea. In a somewhat simplistic ending, an arctic fox who admires Percy comes up with a plan to distribute pajamas to everyone ("Someone has been living right!" one of the bears concedes). Percy is an amiable protagonist, but he resembles an adult more than a child (he adopts a sophisticated stance, his face has a wizened look, and he reads the paper in bed). The watercolor and colored pencil close-up illustrations are the strongest; the larger compositions tend to lose focus and make the bears look cartoonish, undermining the tension between the protagonist and the other polar bears. Even though the ending isn't entirely convincing, the picture of the ursine cast donning super-sized pajamas in a selection of wild prints (daisies, clown stripes, circus and outer space motifs) add a fillip of fun. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-Percy the polar bear loves his colorful, footed pajamas. They keep him warm, protect his snowy white fur, and help him sleep. There is only one problem-the other polar bears tease and make fun of him. Only Aurora, a lovely Arctic fox, secretly admires Percy's spiffy outfit. So he gives in to peer pressure, sheds his garb, and is thoroughly miserable. The polar ice hurts his pads and he spills cocoa on his fur. But worst of all, he can't get a good night's sleep. To add insult to injury, his contemporaries still shun him. Wise Aurora convinces Percy to be himself and share his assorted pj's with the others until all of the bears are arrayed in colorful attire. The fast-paced, humorous text teaches an important lesson without being preachy, while the illustrations impart personality to the protagonists-Aurora and Percy-as well as to the supporting players. Brooks's use of bright primary colors for the clothing juxtaposed against the stark white of the Arctic snow will delight young listeners.-Barbara Buckley, Rockville Centre Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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