Vegetables in Underwear

Vegetables in Underwear

by Jared Chapman


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A bunch of friendly vegetables wear colorful underwear of all varieties—big, small, clean, dirty, serious, and funny—demonstrating for young ones the silliness and necessity of this item of clothing. The unexpectedness of vegetables in their unmentionables is enough to draw giggles, but the pride with which the “big kid” attire is flaunted in front of the baby carrots in diapers will tickle readers of all ages. With rhyming text that begs to be chanted aloud and art that looks good enough to eat, this vibrant story will encourage preschoolers to celebrate having left those diapers behind!

Editorial Reviews

The Horn Book Magazine

"Vegetables in underwear? Guaranteed preschool hilarity...Expect second, third, and more helpings of this scantily clad harvest."

Booklist - Kara Dean

"The glories of underwear are celebrated in this humorous book, which successfully merges a child’s desire to transition from diapers with bold, comical illustrations."

Kirkus Reviews

A survey of underwear and opposites is leavened (as if talk of underwear needs to be made funnier) by anthropomorphized veggies. There's not much story here, though for kids who giggle at the merest mention of unmentionables, that won't be an issue. Basically, a stalk of broccoli sheds his shirt and shorts on the copyright and dedication pages and then launches into a spiel about underwear. "I wear underwear! / You wear underwear! // … // There's big underwear / and little underwear." Underwear can also be dirty or clean, old or new, serious or funny, for boys or for girls, and for every day of the week. But though the colors and patterns may vary, apparently underwear cannot be boxers, and sadly, there's no underwear for babies, who wear diapers. Different colors highlight opposites in the all-caps text, though not all these words indicate opposites, per se—the days of the week are in rainbow hues. Chapman's digital artwork features brightly colored veggie characters with stick arms and legs against white backgrounds. Simple props provide context (like the flies around the hamper), while a red, dashed line indicates movement. Front endpapers introduce the clothes-wearing veggies, while closing endpapers show them in their underwear (or not, as is the case for Pea). Those who are making the transition from diapers are sure to laugh, though it doesn't really stand out from the other books in the underwear drawer. (Picture book. 2-5)

School Library Journal

Preschool—This charmingly absurd story delivers exactly what its title promises: an array of cheerful vegetables parading around in brightly colored undies. It sets up numerous oppositional relationships (clean/dirty, big/little, funny/serious) and includes a trio of sad baby vegetables who are too little to wear underwear.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419714641
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 04/07/2015
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 520,275
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 2 - 5 Years

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