In the hands of another author/illustrator, this could have been a wasted opportunity, but Brian Sendelbach keeps the jokes flowing and the underwear in crowd-pleasingly bright colours. Yes, it may be a one-note joke, but it’s a one-note joke about animals in underwear, so it definitely has an audience. My favourites were the sloths in their comfortable underpants and the octopus wearing four pairs at once, and when I got to the dolphins…well, I'll let you discover that one on your own. I loved the attention to detail in the pictures (a “U.Z.” on a pair of underpants, the penguin eating a popsicle, the characters who appeared in the background of some pictures but didn’t get their own pages, hinting at a depth of animals in the other parts of the zoo). If you know a young reader who loves animals or underpants, try this book on for size.
Read it with:
Always Lots of Heinies at the Zoo by Ayun Halliday and Dan Santat
Bear in Underwear by Todd H. Doodler
Dinosaurs Love Underwear by Claire Freedman
Pssst! By Adam Rex
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell