Publishers Weekly, 2005-03-07 Who doesn't like wearing pajamas especially when it's other than bedtime? Hayles (He Saves the Day) and Nakata (Lucky Pennies and Hot Chocolate) capitalize on this somewhat guilty pleasure with an entire calendar of no-holds-barred pajama-wearing (although some of these events are officially sanctioned, like a sick day or Pajama Day at school). The hero's bottomless wardrobe of sleepwear is matched only by his boundless gusto for life. On a "hot August night," he wears striped shorty pajamas that show his belly button perfect for benefiting from the breeze of a fan (which he's able to reach by standing on a tower of books). At Halloween, he dons a pair decorated with candy corn and huddles with Dad in a blanket fort for spooky stories. The couplets can be clunky ("For Mother's Day May/ Making pancakes in stacks/ Or a June night away/ When I ride Grandpa's back"), and the refrain ("Time for pajamas,/ my jamas, mine-o") doesn't add much zest. But, Nakata carries the show; her watercolors capture the simple-hearted joy expressed by the narrator with a beguiling mix of delicate, downy textures and gleeful mischievousness. Ages 2-up. (Feb.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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