Roxie Munro
Roxie Munro talks about her new book, Rodent Rascals.

Common Core State Standards
I Like to Read Books
Holiday House eBooks


Buy the Book:
Barnes & Noble

How to Order

Readers' Guide

CCSS Questions


Pants for Chuck
An I Like to Read® Book Level E
by Pat Schories
Pat Schories, Illustrator

Paperback | 24 pages | 8 x 10 | US$ 6.99
ISBN: 9780823434442 | 07-30-2015

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIRST | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Easy Readers, Animals/Fiction, Humor, Friendship
Recommendations: SLJ

CCSS Codes:
L. 1.1-2, 4, 4a, 5, 5c, 6
W. 1.1, 3, 5, 8
RF. 1.1, 1a, 2-4, 4a-c
RL. 1.1-5, 7, 9
SL. 1.1, 1a-c, 2, 4-6

About the Book

Big Chuck, a woodchuck, is having fun with Rabbit, Raccoon, Chipmunk and the mice brothers when he spots a pair of blue pants. Chuck must have the pants. He holds up the game while he struggles to put them on. "You are too big and the pants are too small," his friends tell him, but Chuck thinks he looks spiffy. Sidesplitting illustrations show a determined Chuck, stuffed into his much-too-tiny blue pants trying in vain to keep up. Comfort and fun finally trump fashion as Chuck sheds the pants and joins the gang for a game of hide and seek.

Pat Schories's comic illustrations turn a stubborn woodchuck's misguided fashion statement into a laugh-aloud story about self-image and the well-intended advice of true friends.


"In this hilarious book, a sassy woodchuck experiences the pitfalls of trying on pants that are too tight. . . . A fun choice for independent or shared reading."—School Library Journal

About the Series

I Like to Read® books are picture books written and illustrated so that even the newest reader can enjoy a satisfying, quality literary experience. The books in the series are written at kindergarten and early first grade reading levels.

"These books deftly combine text and art to create a positive experience for new readers.—School Library Journal

"This series dares to make entertaining reads from short texts and familiar vocabulary—Kirkus Reviews

"Each one makes the hard world of learning to read enough fun to encourage children at this critical developmental moment to try another one."Vicky Smith, Children's and YA Editor at Kirkus Reviews

Click here for flash cards for each book, educator's materials for the series and the complete listing of I Like to Read® books!

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. What does the cover illustration and title tell you about what you are going to read? Discuss the cover and title with the group. RL.K-1.1, 7

2. Create a character web of Chuck. Use evidence from the words and illustrations in the story. Ex) Chuck is big. The animals call him "Big Chuck," and in the pictures he is the biggest animal. RL.K-1.1, 3, 7

3. Retell the story in your own words. RL.K-1.2

4. What is the problem? What is the solution? RL.K-1.3

Readers' Guide
PANTS FOR CHUCK: An I Like to Read® Book, Level E
Lesson plan featuring before, during, and after activities aligned to Instructional Standards.