I think this is one of those books where it’s best if you don’t think too much about it. After all, why did the animals decided they needed underwear? Especially underwear that belonged to someone else? Do they think of it like short pants? Do they know what pants are? Are they aware of their nakedness? Do animals need underwear? Do any of us need underwear? There’s really not much too the story, but I doubt that will matter; underwear and underthings can be a real crowd pleaser for children. I liked the bright, bold colours of the animals and the forrest and the detail that went into the design. I could have lived without the rejection of one pair of underwear as being ‘too girly’ (they were pink and frilly, naturally). The outside of the book has real fabric underwear that the Bear wears (and yes, it felt strange touching underwear on a library book). Bear’s underwear story continues in a sequel, Bear in Pink Underwear.
Read it with:
The Underpants Zoo by Brian Sendelbach
Always Lots of Heinies At the Zoo by Ayun Halliday and Dan Santat
The Zoo I Drew by Todd H. Doodler
Bear in Pink Underwear by Todd H. Doodler
Aliens Love Underpants by Claire Freedman