Overview

"Just a'struttin' and a'prancin' and bedecked to beat the band in heart-spattered drawers comes Bismark the Buffalo-but only after a remarkable metamorphosis.... Munsinger's zany pen-and-ink perky-colored illustrations are a perfect foil for the text... A great read-aloud choice." —Booklist

"Her animals are full of frolic-some fun, and the variety of underwear is appropriately zany. Children will be unable to resist Zachary and Orfo as they cavort in the trees with underwear donned as hats and numerous pairs trailing from their limbs. Sheer

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Overview

"Just a'struttin' and a'prancin' and bedecked to beat the band in heart-spattered drawers comes Bismark the Buffalo-but only after a remarkable metamorphosis.... Munsinger's zany pen-and-ink perky-colored illustrations are a perfect foil for the text... A great read-aloud choice." —Booklist

"Her animals are full of frolic-some fun, and the variety of underwear is appropriately zany. Children will be unable to resist Zachary and Orfo as they cavort in the trees with underwear donned as hats and numerous pairs trailing from their limbs. Sheer frivolous fun." —School Library Journal

"An idea with a built-in kid-appeal: tell a story about underwear and bring in an artist to add lots of funny touches to each pair of boxer shorts.... And best of all are Munsinger's pictures of them wearing all those bright and witty styles at once." —Publishers Weekly

Bismark the Buffalo is grumpy and unlovable until his friends teach him how to laugh and show him that wearing colorful underwear can be great fun.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An idea with built-in kid-appeal: tell a story about underwear and bring in an artist to add lots of funny touches to each pair of boxer shorts. But one section of the story is a rather contrived morsel about friends who make a grumpy buffalo laugh by making him say aloud the word ``underwear.'' Much more fun is the part when grassland animals Orfo the Orangutan and Zachary the Zebra attend the ``World's Greatest Grassland Underwear Fair'' and stock up on their favorite styles. And best of all are Munsinger's pictures of them wearing all those bright and witty styles at once. Ages 3-7. January
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2 Nothing is as sure to elicit giggles in the primary grades as the mention of underwear, and this book relies heavily on that premise. The sto ry is slight. Zachary Zebra and his best friend, Orfo the Orangutan, love un derwear, and each year the two friends visit the World's Greatest Grassland Underwear Fair. Their fun is damp ened only by grumpy Bismark the Buf falo, who is such a grouch that even the parasitic bugs on his body desert him. He is not amused by underwear until he is challenged to repeat the word ten times without laughing. Of course, after a few repetitions, he be gins to chortle and children, like Bis mark, will be overcome with laughter by the final shout of ``underwear.'' What could have been an unbelievable moralistic tale (could one's whole disposition really change with a few repetitions of a silly word?) is saved by Munsinger's delightful illustrations. Her animals are full of frolicsome fun, and the variety of underwear is appropriately zany. Children will be unable to resist Zachary and Orfo as they cavort in the trees with underwear donned as hats and numerous pairs trailing from their limbs. Sheer frivolous fun. Lori A. Janick, Parkwood Elementary School, Pasadena, Tex.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781497636248
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 5/6/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Edition description: Digital Original
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 373,078
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • File size: 7 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2009

    Every Kid Loves Underwear!

    This book by Monsell was just right to kick off our Summer Library program. The characters are loveable and funny. The story teaches you to love what you love - and don't let anyone tell you different!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2008

    Best Book!!!

    This was my favorite book as a kid. I loved it so much I wore pants on my head like the Zebra and so did my mom. I cannot wait to read this book to my new baby girl.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2005

    My favorite book as a child

    My dad always used to read this book to me when I was a smaller child. I still love the book, but my mom hated it so gave it away. Mean mommy!!!! My dad read it with such enthusiasm, and got the giggling perfect. It was my favorite book as a child.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2004

    kindergarten teacher aid

    i thought it was very cute and appealed to the students well. they all laughed and one girl was not there, so they were gonna try to mimick the actions and get her to laugh by saying underwear. of all the stories that have been read so far this year, this one is my fave.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2004

    Best Children's book ever!!!

    You have to really get into it. If you read it with enthusiasim, it will be your child's favorite book. I used it for babysitting when I was younger and now my own kids love it!

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