Pepin is a good-hearted boy, and he means well, but he makes mistake after mistake when doing his chores. Although his mother applies the birch to his rear frequently, it seems to have no permanent effect. Finally, she tells him to leave and seek his fortune elsewhere. Poor Pepin! Within the first few hours of his journey, he receives the spanking of his life from an angry innkeeper's wife, and loses his breeches in the bargain. For the rest of the book, Pepin pursues his missing breeches, getting slapped, spanked, caned, and strapped by women of all social classes in the process. The Lost Breeches is a corporal punishment fairy tale with action on every page. 135 pp. with over 30 woodcuts.