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Children's Fiction Beginner

Pants Off First

illustrated by Ruth Ohi

Fitzhenry and Whiteside
Initial publish date
Jun 2001
Beginner, General
  • Board book

    Publish Date
    Jun 2001
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: p to k


"Time to undress," says Mummy, as she puts out his pajamas and hurries back to her dinner guests. And that's exactly what this little boy is going to do. So one by one, each article of clothing is pulled off and lands in a heap as his pets watch with interest. Then, one by one, each article of clothing finds a new owner as the toddler dresses his pets.

A hilarious board book that little ones will love. Young readers will love pointing to each pet as they follow the simple storyline and quickly memorize the rhythmic text. And parents will recognize, in Ruth Ohi's gentle humour, every toddler's delight in escaping the tyranny of clothes.

About the author



Ruth Ohi a illustré plus de 50 livres pour enfants et est l'auteure de certains d'entre eux. Ses livres, traduits en plusieurs langues, se vendent à travers le monde et ont figuré sur la liste de plusieurs prix littéraires prestigieux. Elle vit avec sa famille à Toronto.


RUTH OHI has illustrated more than fifty children’s books — several of which she has also written, including Fox and Squirrel, Fox and Squirrel Make a Friend, Shh! My Brother’s Napping, and Scribble. Her books have been nominated for many prestigious awards, including the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award, Mr. Christie’s Award, Chocolate Lily, Shining Willow, Blue Spruce and the Governor General’s Award. She lives with her family, and many backyard squirrels, in Toronto, Ontario. Visit her online at

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Editorial Reviews

"In this story from the Early Bird Boardbook series, a little boy's mother takes him upstairs to undress for bed while she goes back downstairs to be with company. As the child takes off each piece of clothing, he puts it on one of his pets. Soon his kitten, puppy, bunnies, and hamsters are more or less dressed, but he has nothing on. As the guests prepare to depart, the boy startles his mother by appearing on the stairs to enlist her help with putting on his pajamas and tucking him into bed. Ohi's appealing scenes of the warm family setting, the partially dressed animals, and the (tastefully depicted) undressed boy combine in a story told with humor that parents and children can share. Colorful washes brighten the well-defined line drawings in a boardbook that is visually more detailed than most, yet more attuned to the actual lives of toddlers. A charmer for parents as well as children."
- Booklist

"A simple, rhythmic text together with joyful details in the illustrations will make this a lovely book to share with a very young child...The illustrations are filled with movement and captivating detail...The text is presented with 2 lines per page, one black and one red. This invites partner reading and younger children will enjoy chiming in. Children learning to read will find this little story fun to practice on. Another wonderful book from Ruth Ohi!"
- ResourceLinks

"This is a delightful bedtime frolic, sure to ring true for children and parents alike. Ohi is an extremely accomplished illustrator, and this book is no exception. The illustrations are full of mischief, creativity, affection and joie de vivre...The text is simple, allowing the pictures to tell a great deal of the story, and there is enough repetition to make it a worthy early reader...Highly recommended."
- CM Magazine, Feb 01, 02

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