Picture Book Review: Poppy’s Pants

Poppy's Pants by Melissa Conroy
Poppy’s Pants 
by Melissa Conroy

2 out of 5 stars on GoodReads

Penelope calls her grandfather, Poppy, and when he gets a hole in the knee of his pants, she offers to sew it up for him. But sewing up a hole in the fabric proves to be more complicated than Penelope expected, especially since Poppy is color blind and doesn’t what type of thread Penelope should use!
This is a cute book, but I thought the story was sort of disjointed, and it didn’t flow very smoothly between ideas. Because picture books are so short, I like them to have more of a consistent and single focus. This story takes some tangents into the food the family is eating or places they go, and those things didn’t seem to fit into the main story about repairing the pants.

I really disliked the art style. It’s a mixture of photos of fabric dolls, and cartoon art, and pictures of some objects like lightbulbs. It’s very jumbled and strange looking. The cloth dolls have big buggy eyes sewn into their heads, and their pupils point in different directions, giving them a googly-eye-crazy look. The dolls have weird padded hands without fingers. The whole design is just strange and unpleasant. The only thing I liked about the dolls is that their hair is made out of yarn. I thought that was cute!

The cartoon art is very childish, like messy scribbles. It does not look professional. Maybe that’s on purpose, trying to look cute, but I did not like the effect.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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