The Underpants Zoo

Overview


Briefly speaking -- a hysterical picture book about animals in their underpants!

"There's a new zoo in town,
and here's what I've heard . . .
THE UNDERPANTS ZOO
is completely absurd."

What kind of underpants does a lion wear? What about an elephant? The answers to these questions will have readers laughing and turning the page to find out ...

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Overview


Briefly speaking -- a hysterical picture book about animals in their underpants!

"There's a new zoo in town,
and here's what I've heard . . .
THE UNDERPANTS ZOO
is completely absurd."

What kind of underpants does a lion wear? What about an elephant? The answers to these questions will have readers laughing and turning the page to find out more! Bestselling illustrator Brian Sendelbach has created a wonderfully funny and wacky world that will charm readers of all ages.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—In this picture book, animals and their underwear are on display: "There's a new zoo in town,/and here's what I've heard—the Underpants Zoo/is completely absurd." Personalities are reflected by the choice of skivvies: lion's are "royal and grand" and "hippo's have hearts,/because she's such a romantic." Leopards are partial to spotted designs, while monkeys sport "wild trunks" with jazzy patterns. The bright, acrylic cartoons offer plenty of funny sights, from elephant's "Extra-Jumbo Gigantic" whiteys, to the penguins' fondness for frozen undies. Although the rhyming text falters in spots, preschoolers will giggle at the parade of peculiar panties.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
Children's Literature - Krisan Murphy
If the mention of underpants makes the picture book reader giggle, then the sight of a whole zoo full of animals in underpants will make them roar with laughter. In this rhyming picture book, Sendelbach introduces each zoo animal in his unique underpants. From extra-jumbo gigantic sized bottoms for elephants to icicle-laden drawers for penguins and spotted pants for the leopard, there are no surprises. It is just what the reader would expect; sleeping sloths prefer cozy fluffy underpants and an octopus dresses in multiple pairs of underwear. Sendelbach's colorful acrylic art is crisp and simple for the young child. There are no subtleties or innuendos. It is exactly what it seems: a book about zoo animals wearing underpants. Parents and teachers, who may be questioned why the animals are wearing underpants at all, will definitely be asked to read this giggle-inducing picture book again and again. Reviewer: Krisan Murphy
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—In this picture book, animals and their underwear are on display: "There's a new zoo in town,/and here's what I've heard—the Underpants Zoo/is completely absurd." Personalities are reflected by the choice of skivvies: lion's are "royal and grand" and "hippo's have hearts,/because she's such a romantic." Leopards are partial to spotted designs, while monkeys sport "wild trunks" with jazzy patterns. The bright, acrylic cartoons offer plenty of funny sights, from elephant's "Extra-Jumbo Gigantic" whiteys, to the penguins' fondness for frozen undies. Although the rhyming text falters in spots, preschoolers will giggle at the parade of peculiar panties.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
Kirkus Reviews

In rhyming verse that sometimes stumbles, Sendelbach's picture-book debut showcases a zoo where all the animals wear underwear.

From tighty whiteys to boxers and even a union suit, underpants of all styles, colors and patterns are depicted in bright acrylic illustrations. "Kangaroo's boxers need / plenty of bounce. / For the sloths, / fluffy comfort is what counts." Some animals' choices will prove no surprise—the spots on the leopard's underwear or the fact that elephant's underpants are size extra-jumbo gigantic. Others are a refreshing change—the zebras prefer stars on their underwear, and crocodile's skivvies have to be seen to be believed. Many choices either solve or cause problems for their wearers—the penguins' are prechilled in the freezer, camel's are always collecting sand and anteater's? Well, readers can surely guess his problem. Sendelbach keeps his backgrounds and details simple, allowing children to focus on the humorous depictions of animals in underwear, some of which may cause adults to raise an eyebrow (the snakes share one pair, for instance). Overall, though, this tries too hard to be too many things.

While the word "underpants" may get readers to give this a try, repeat trips to this zoo are unlikely—better to buy additional copies of the Barretts' Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing (1970) and Animals Should Definitely Not Act Like People (1980). (Picture book. 3-7)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545249355
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 297,532
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Brian Sendelbach spent years writing and drawing the absurdist weekly comic strip Smell of Steve, Inc. His illustrations have been printed in a variety of newspapers across the United States, and his "inspiredly silly" comics have been featured in publications by Dark Horse Books, Fantagraphics Books, and Nickelodeon. He lives in the Midwest with his wife, Elizabeth, and their two children. His first picture book, THE UNDERPANTS ZOO, was recently published by Orchard Books.
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