Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Underpants Zoo by Brian Sendelbach

Come one, come all to the new zoo in town! Sure, you may have been to a zoo before, but I can guarantee you’ve never been to a zoo like this one! What’s so special about this new zoo? This zoo is The Underpants Zoo and all of the animals wear underpants! The lions have royal underwear befitting their status as kings of the jungle. Leopards wear underwear with spots, and zebras wear underwear with…stars! (Did you think I was going to say stripes?) Hippos, crocodiles, monkeys…they all wear underwear, just like us! Come on down to The Underpants Zoo and see these wild animals (and their wild underpants) for yourself.

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.

Find it at IndieBound.

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
By Adam Rex
Dear Zoo
by Rod Campbell

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