Meet my new friend, Pete With No Pants. Because I mean, is there anyone who really wants to wear pants?

Title: Pete With No Pants
Author and Illustrator: Rowboat Watkins
Rating: 8
Raincoast Books for review

Description from Amazon:

Meet Pete.

Pete is gray. He’s round. And he’s not wearing any pants.

So Pete must be a boulder. Or is he a pigeon? Or a squirrel? Or a cloud?

Join Pete in his quest to answer the world’s oldest question: Why do I have to wear pants? Wait, that’s the second oldest. Born from the one-of-a-kind imagination of Rowboat Watkins, this hilarious book (the asides just beg to be read aloud) about finding out who you are features a satisfying and touching ending that will encourage young readers to be true to themselves as it reminds the adults in their lives to support them no matter what.

What I Thought:

Anything with “No Pants” in the title was sure to grab my five-year-old daughter’s attention. She’s going through a phase right now where she desperately wants to be Moana. Here’s a sample conversation from basically every day for the last two months:

Her: Moana doesn’t put her hair in a ponytail!
Her: Well Moana doesn’t wear a coat!
Also Her: Moana doesn’t wear shoes!


Anyways… So she can relate to not wanting to wear stuff. She loved it.

Pete wanders around trying to find someone to play with, and trying to figure out who he is. The slightly anthropomorphized boulders are extremely cute, as are the pigeons and clouds (unfortunately he is none of those.)

The illustrations are done in typical Rowboat style, with whimsical expressions and a dreamy colour palette. And of course you have to look for the little secrets tucked into the pages.

In the end Pete’s mama feels sorry that he hasn’t found a friend, and so she joins in on his game. And the pants be darned.


Check out my review of Rowboat’s other hilarious book, Rude Cakes.


No pants? No problem!