AWARDS & HONORS:

  • Starred reviews from School Library Journal, Youth Services Book Review, and Imagination Soup
  • ALA/ALSC Notable Children’s Book Winner, 2024 All Ages Category
  • CYBILS Awards Winner, 2023 Poetry Collection Category
  • 2024 ALSC Summer Reading List, K-2 Category
  • Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids, 2023
  • 31 Days, 31 Lists: 2023 Best Poetry Books for Kids
  • Michigan Great Lakes Great Books Award Nominee, 2024-25 K-1 Category
  • Children’s Literature Association of Utah Beehive Award Nominee, 2025 Poetry Category
  • Imagination Soup’s 35 Best Nonfiction Books for Kids, 2023
  • Eureka Public Library Favorite Reads, Honorable Mention, 2023

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Author Suzy Levinson and artists Kristen and Kevin Howdeshell present an irreverently illustrated picture book of simple and silly poems featuring all kinds of animals wearing all kinds of pants.

What? You’ve never seen animals in pants? A dog in yoga pants, a goat in overalls, a yak in slacks?

Animals in Pants presents a parade of impeccable poems about animals wearing perfectly pressed pants.

Cameron Kids/ABRAMS, 2023
Written by Suzy Levinson
Illustrated by Kristen & Kevin Howdeshell

AWARDS & HONORS:

  • Starred reviews from School Library Journal, Youth Services Book Review, and Imagination Soup
  • ALA/ALSC Notable Children’s Book Winner, 2024 All Ages Category
  • CYBILS Awards Winner, 2023 Poetry Collection Category
  • 2024 ALSC Summer Reading List, K-2 Category
  • Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids, 2023
  • 31 Days, 31 Lists: 2023 Best Poetry Books for Kids
  • Michigan Great Lakes Great Books Award Nominee, 2024-25 K-1 Category
  • Children’s Literature Association of Utah Beehive Award Nominee, 2025 Poetry Category
  • Imagination Soup’s 35 Best Nonfiction Books for Kids, 2023
  • Eureka Public Library Favorite Reads, Honorable Mention, 2023

Praise

“Every library shelf should have this poetry book of animals wearing pants, which is a triumph of rhythmic language, vibrant visuals, and hilarious laugh-out-loud illustrations. It’s sure to please any reader.”

—School Library Journal (STARRED REVIEW!)

“With sure command of metrics as well as excellent comic timing, Levinson dishes out pithy observations on animals. A tailor-made parade for younger clotheshorses.”

—Kirkus Reviews

“Twenty-three very short and funny poems cover a wide variety of animals and the many types of pants they might wear. Silly and clever.”

—The Horn Book Magazine

“The poems are a joy to read aloud, with a pleasing rhyming meter. They are funny and clever without sarcasm. It was hard to choose, but my favorite may be ‘Punxsutawney Pants’. I may never forget the image of a dancing groundhog in embroidered lederhosen. I can imagine that this book would be a great prompt for poetry units in early elementary school classrooms. It would also be a highlight of April Poetry Month library displays.”

—Youth Services Book Review (STARRED REVIEW!)

“To my infinite delight, I discovered that this book is a hoot from start to finish. It’s also an excellent example of how it takes more than just a fun premise to create a really good collection of poetry for kids. This is apparently Levinson’s first book for children and to my mind she’s hit the ground running! And who the heck are Kristen and Kevin Howdeshell? These folks are great! There’s so much humor and color and just doggone life to this book. Adore!”

—Betsy Bird, School Library Journal/A Fuse #8 Production

“A charming, illustrated collection of poems that feature animals wearing various styles of pants in hilarious ways.”

—ALA/ALSC Notable Children’s Books (WINNER!)

Animals in Pants is Suzy Levinson’s imaginative debut picture book. This tightly-themed poetry collection invites readers of all ages to imagine why various animals might wear pants and what kinds of pants would best fit their situations. Flamingos in capris, dachshunds in yoga pants, and a goat in overalls seem like silly fun, but snakes, giraffes, and spiders present special challenges, don’t they?

Levinson’s hilarious tongue-in-cheek (and often punny) poems rely heavily on rhyme, but it isn’t repetitive because the cadences vary from page to page. The short poems are enhanced by Kristen and Kevin Howdeshell’s adorable Eric Carle-style artwork showing animals expressing a variety of attitudes and emotions. Animals in Pants is a worthwhile choice for home and school bookshelves. (Pre-reading might include listing as many kinds of pants as possible.)

This appealing book is an excellent read-aloud that will delight parents and teachers with cultural references that the youngest readers might need help with, including Elvis, disco, Punxsutawney, and “fashion police.” While the clever verse and appealing illustrations are the surface features of Animals in Pants, the content of this picture book actually provides critical thinking opportunities and models for student writing.”

—CYBILS Awards (WINNER!)

“These funny poems will delight readers with their rhyming and silliness. Manatees in dungarees, kangaroos in jumpsuits, giraffes in kilts, and spiders who put on their pants one leg, one leg, one leg, times eight at a time.”

—Imagination Soup (STARRED REVIEW!)

“This is a really fun collection of short poems about how animals would wear pants if that was something they did. The premise is equal parts absurd and intriguing, and the ways in which each animal does wear pants are varied and inventive. The illustrations are equally delightful. This should be a popular book and will be much appreciated by children.”

—SLJ Heavy Medal, A Mock Newbery Blog

Animals in Pants by Suzy Levinson is a fun and playful collection full of poems about, well, animals in pants. It’s this premisecoupled with colorful, saucy illustrationsthat will capture the attention of toddlers, preschoolers, and early elementary kids, but they’ll stay for the amusing language and ludicrous antics of fashionable creatures throughout this clever book.”

—Can We Read?

“Chickens in disco pants? Manatees in dungarees? Cheetahs in leopard-print leggings? This new book of silly poems and illustrations featuring animals in pants is sure to produce lots of giggles. It might even inspire making up your own poems about animals wearing pants!”

—Princeton Public Library

“Practically Perfect for Poetry month, this pants-filled picture book will tickle the funny bone of preschoolers and parents alike!”

—The Southern Bookseller Review

“Debut author Levinson has fashioned 23 pithy, playfully perky poems, tailor-made for discerning munchkins who like their animals tastefully trousered. It’s uncanny how she’s able to capture each animal’s essence in such a short rhyme, delighting the reader with an element of surprise and brilliant comic timing.”

—Jama’s Alphabet Soup

“Everyone needs a poetry book about animals wearing pants! Students will love these silly rhymes and adorable illustrations. Each poem is witty and clever, and will spark the imagination of young readers!”

—StoryMamas

“Kids will get a kick out of these animals in their pants with impeccably rhymed poems and fun illustrations. These took me back to A. A. Milne poems of my early childhood. A perfect introduction to poetry.”

—A Kids Book a Day

“Each poem could become the favorite of a variety of readers of many ages, many lines are memorable enough to become memes, to spread smiles into grins, on to ‘let me read this to you’ funny. So this, dear readers, is my nominee as a ridiculously irresistible picture book of poems.”

—Unpacking the POWER of Picture Books

“This richly illustrated book will have young readers rolling with laughter! With twenty-three poems imagining how different animals might wear pants, this delightful collection will be requested night after night!”

—Bas Bleu

“Clever and imaginative, these poems had me giggling from beginning to end! Playful rhyming text, rhythm, and delightful wordplay. A perfect book for sharing during Poetry Month in April and sure to inspire your students to write their own ‘Animals in Pants’ poem!”

—Reading Power Gear

“This new poetry book will have you laughing out loud. The artwork is as whimsical and funny as the poetry. A perfect book for a poetry unit. Also ideal for a family to share, again and again.”

—The Front Line

“Need a giggle? Need some FUN poetry for the people around you? This book is for you!”

—Ramona Recommends

“Levinson doesn’t miss a beat with her rhyme and she’s included a pleasing variety of poetic forms to keep kids coming back for more. If you’re looking for an irresistible read-aloud that will also get kids thinking, I recommend Animals in Pants!”

—Good Reads with Ronna

“The overall concept is hilarious and hooked me right away. I mean animals wearing pants? That’s gold. Plus the humor appeals to both children AND adults, which is no easy feat. If you are looking for a fun way to engage or introduce students to poetry, this book is a great way to do that!”

—Small Ones

“If you’re in the mood for some silliness, then Animals in Pants is a great choice. Suzy Levinson’s bouncy poems are a joy to read aloud. Her concept really gets imaginations going, and would be fun to read aloud in a classroom.”

—Cracking the Cover

“This original collection of humorous poems about all sorts of animals in pants is sure to bring a smile and a laugh! With wit and charm, these silly but clever verses are filled with lighthearted fun, perfect for summer reading. The vivid and hilarious illustrations carry something of a vintage charm that set them apart and bring another level of enjoyment to this lovable new read. Add it to your summer reading list for something a little different that will be a hit with any age!”

—A Book Barber

“The cheek. The sheer cheek! This stunning picture book managed to combine several of my loves into one vehicle: pants, poetry, comedy, pants, imagination, and animals…also animals IN pants. In all seriousness, kids and adults alike will love this book!”

—Picture Book Spotlight

“Be ready to laugh out loud! What Suzy Levinson, in brief and hilarious poems, does in her book made me want to share and then find other animals that could also be dressed in such appropriate attire – ha! Find this wonderful poetry book so you can ‘wear’ a big smile!”

—Teacher Dance

“For those who cannot resist a good poetry collection! Animals in Pants is perfection in rhyme (or perhaps, perfection in a jacket. Get it?!). Each silly poem brings out the giggles as beautifully illustrated creatures cavort about in slacks. For both children and adults—this collection is one size fits all.”

—Books Inc. Staff Review

Animals in Pants strikes like a thunderbolt. It’s just nutty enough — silly, playful, joyous enough — to feel utterly fresh and completely new. Levinson’s short, sharp poetry is highly skilled, rhythmic and impeccable. And the art by Kristen and Kevin Howdeshell make this animal world come alive in bright colors with almost old-fashioned illustrations (read: a classic vibe), brimming with compositional inventiveness and color. This book is a winner and, for debut author Levinson, it marks what should be the beginning of a brilliant career.”

—James Preller’s Blog