Published by Henry Holt and Co.
Summary: One day only…Lance Vance’s Fancy Pants Store is selling Potato Pants! Potato is so excited he’s doing the Robot (okay, the Po-bot) before rushing down to the store to get a pair. But when he gets there, he sees Eggplant inside, wearing his new Eggplant Pants! Yesterday Eggplant went rushing past Potato, pushing him right into a nearby trash can. Potato is sure Eggplant will mash him again if he goes into the store, so he stands outside, watching all the other happy potatoes happily emerging in their apeeling new pants. Finally, he gets up the nerve to go inside, only to find that the pants have sold out, and when they’re gone…they’re gone. A couple surprising twists bring about a reconciliation between the two vegetables, both of whom emerge well clad, at least from the waist down. 40 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: This wildly goofy, high energy veggie tale will have kids doubled over with laughter. There’s a little bit of a lesson in forgiveness and friendship at the end, but mostly it’s just a lot of fun.
Cons: After getting to know this cute and friendly Potato, mashed potatoes may be off the table for me at Thanksgiving.