What Was I Scared Of?
What's a pair of empty green trousers doing standing by itself in the woods? Or riding a bike in Grin-itch?Or fishing on Roover River?The narrator certainly doesn't want to find out but wherever he goes, he's haunted by the spooky empty pants. Finally, when the two find themselves hiding from each other in a Snide bush, the terrified narrator realizes, "I was just as stran...more
Reading Level: early to transitional
Topics and Themes:This book discusses the topic of fear. The main character keeps running into a pair of "pale green pants" throughout the story. He is scared but finds out that the pants are also afraid of him. By the end of the story they are friends and wave to each other instead of running in fear.
Curricular Use: Guided Reading or Independent reading
Social: Everyone has something they are afraid of. This story shows that sometimes when y...more
I noticed quite a few people reviewed this book as having scared them as a child. I had never read this book before - and it does not appear to have any "scare" effect on my child. He loves the story - and...more
And the pants with nobody inside them riding a bike is my favorite picture.
A true classic. I heard it for the first time probably in about 1979, have read it a thousand times at least and just read it again last night.
The glow-in-the-dark makes no sense. The text doesn't glow so you can't read it in the dark and the parts of the picture that glow have to be exposed to light in order to glow but they're obviously enclosed in the book when you're not reading it so there's no chance for them to charge up. It's a pointless feature. If it doesn't cost extra, fine, but it's rather pointless.
I don't remember this story at all from my childhood and am so glad we discovered it in a Seuss anthology.
How freaky can a pair of pale green pants with nobody inside them be? Imaginations can be funny. Kindness overcomes fear.
Bonus: I saw a very special glow-in-the-dark edition in a bookstore recently. Very cool!