Naked!: with audio recording [NOOK Book]


A hilarious new book about a boy who refuses to wear clothes, from comedian Michael Ian Black and illustrator Debbi Ridpath Ohi, the team that brought you I’m Bored, a New York Times Notable Children’s Book.

Michael Ian Black and Debbie Ridpath Ohi, whose “smart cartoony artwork matches Black’s perfect comic timing” (The New York Times Book Review), have paired up again to ...
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A hilarious new book about a boy who refuses to wear clothes, from comedian Michael Ian Black and illustrator Debbi Ridpath Ohi, the team that brought you I’m Bored, a New York Times Notable Children’s Book.

Michael Ian Black and Debbie Ridpath Ohi, whose “smart cartoony artwork matches Black’s perfect comic timing” (The New York Times Book Review), have paired up again to showcase the antics of an adorable little boy who just doesn’t want to get dressed.

After his bath, the little boy begins his hilarious dash around the house…in the buff! Being naked is great. Running around, sliding down the stairs, eating cookies. Nothing could be better. Unless he had a cape…
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Black and Ridpath Ohi follow up on their I'm Bored (S & S, 2012) with another humorous picture book that taps into children's emotions. After soaking in a bubble bath, a rambunctious little boy runs through the house in his birthday suit. His parents' initial facial expressions suggest that they do not share in their son's enthusiasm, but eventually Mom lightens up. The exuberant youngster imagines the fun of attending school, playing on the playground, and dancing the Hokey Pokey, all in the nude. Each time he stops for a cookie snack, he settles down a bit. When the lad puts on a cape and starts to feel cold, he changes his mind about the value of clothing. In the end, the exhausted boy falls asleep in his dinosaur hooded pajamas. Black's peppy writing style sets a fast pace for the story, and the child's behavior is believable. There's also a lesson here about one practical reason for wearing clothing. The whimsical digital artwork adds energy and color to the story. Characters' moods are nicely shown through their changing facial expressions, while the illustrator's choices of poses for the child leave anatomical details to the reader's imagination. Images of the boy are replicated on the brightly colored endpapers. Parents sharing this story one-on-one with a child will find the picture book humorous on both a child and adult level.—Lynn Vanca, Freelance Librarian, Akron, OH
Publishers Weekly
★ 03/03/2014
“Naked!” It’s fun to say and fun to be, as the team behind 2012’s I’m Bored proves with this tribute to the (temporarily) clothes-free life. “I’m naked!” shouts Black’s impish narrator fresh from the bath his private parts artfully concealed by page edges, his bare feet, and a sheet of paper (“I could go to school naked”). Add a cape and cookies, and life can’t get much better—well, until the shivers set in, and then dragon PJs become the sensible choice (“The cape stays on,” the boy proclaims, admiring himself in the mirror. “Awesome”). Ohi, working in more fully (ahem) fleshed out scenes than in I’m Bored, is an inventive, irreverent portraitist of domestic life—readers won’t be able to anticipate where her comic sense of composition will take them next (spoiler: one perspective is a bird’s-eye view of a naked Hokey Pokey, complete with dance steps diagram). Certain to inspire gleeful mimicry—not that some kids need much of an excuse to ditch their duds. Ages 4–8. Author’s agent: Barry Goldblatt, Barry Goldblatt Literary. Illustrator’s agent: Ginger Knowlton, Curtis Brown. (May)
Kirkus Reviews
One boy's birthday suit gets a bit of a workout in this heartfelt paean to going au naturel. Having tackled ennui in I'm Bored (2012), Black and Ohi reunite in this tale of one boy's determination to encounter the world totally barrier-free. Finding himself without clothing in the bath, the pink-skinned lad waxes eloquent on the freedom of the flesh. He zips around the house, smugly crowing and then dreaming of what it would be like to be naked 24/7. He may deign to wear some clothing, so long as it's a cape, but that's as clothed as he'll go. That is, until it becomes clear that, if nothing else, clothes are useful in preventing you from freezing your tuchis off. Black's tale is interesting not so much for its content, which has been done before, as for the sheer joy the young nudist exhibits. In fact, it may go so far as to persuade more straight-laced children to try the lifestyle out for themselves. As for the art, squeamish parents needn't fear. Ohi appears so reticent to show true nudity that her boy doesn't exhibit so much as a butt crack. (But that won't stop little listeners from giggling.) Doesn't cover particularly new nude territory, but children equally enthralled with going out in their altogethers will appreciate the enthusiasm here. (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442467392
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/29/2014
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: NOOK Kids Read to Me
  • Edition description: No Edition
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 378,302
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • File size: 17 MB
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Meet the Author

Michael Ian Black
Michael Ian Black is a writer, comedian, and actor who has created and starred in many television series, including Michael and Michael Have Issues, Stella, and The State. He also starred in the NBC television show Ed and on VH1’s I Love The... series. He wrote the screenplay for the film Run, Fatboy, Run and wrote and directed the film Wedding Daze. Michael regularly tours the country as a stand-up comedian and is the bestselling author of the book My Custom Van (and 50 Other Mind-Blowing Essays That Will Blow Your Mind All Over Your Face) and the children’s books Chicken Cheeks, The Purple Kangaroo, A Pig Parade Is a Terrible Idea, I’m Bored, Naked!, and Cock-a-Doodle-Doo-Bop. Michael lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children.
Debbie Ridpath Ohi writes and illustrates books for young people. Where Are My Books?, the first book that Debbie has written as well as illustrated, launches in 2015 from Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers. Her illustrations also appear in picture books Sea-Monkey and Bob (written by Aaron Reynolds, 2015), I’m Bored (New York Times Notable Book, written by Michael Ian Black) and Naked! (also written by Michael Ian Black, 2015), as well as ten Judy Blume chapter books and middle grade titles reissued by Atheneum/Simon & Schuster. For more info, visit or @inkyelbows on Twitter.
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  • Posted February 5, 2015

    Yep.... he's unwrapped... nude... au naturel and ready to streak

    Yep.... he's unwrapped... nude... au naturel and ready to streak!!

    This book is just plain fun. It is a celebration of the joys of being"ME", of pure, innocent freedom and giving a shout out to the birthday suit! (which adults seem to want to cover up all the time!!)

    Unwrapping it in rhyme...

    The bubble bath was so much fun,
    Might escape to take a run.
    Bye, bye mom - you can't catch me,
    I'm naked and I'm feeling free!

    Ha! Ha! mom - the towel?, no thanks
    Gonna go and grab my cape.
    I'll fly around and be real cool,
    I might go naked to my school.

    Cookies taste best when you're bare,
    No shirt, no pants, no underwear.
    Look at me, I'm my own man
    Did dad or you turn on a fan?

    I'm feeling chilly, oh dear me
    I need my jammies I can see.
    I'll jump in bed and snuggle in
    Get toasty warm up to my chin.

    Naked time was such a blast
    But now I see the time has passed.
    Good night bare toes, goodnight bare bum...
    Goodnight, goodnight to everyone!

    The story is so kid-perfect and the illustrations bring the words to life. Every time I read the book I laugh out loud at this little guy's free spirit flowing with happiness and adventure as he moves throughout his world NAKED. I would highly recommend this book for a great bedtime story. Warning: Read after the bath...when dressed in the pyjamas...and tucked safely into bed. Then there will be no fear of a copy-cat rendezvous au naturel. Yep, it's a winner.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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