Write a Review Wednesday: Bear in Underwear

Welcome to another Write a Review Wednesday, a meme started by Tara Lazar as a way to show support to authors of kids literature. Last week we reviewed Sterling Publishing‘s Maybe I’ll Sleep in the Bathtub Tonight and Other Funny Bedtime Poems. This week addresses my 3-year-old’s fascination with underwear in Blue Apple Books Bear in Underwear , written and illustrated by Todd H. Doodler. I have to thank Crystal at Raincoast Books for my review copy.

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Bear stumbles upon a backpack in the woods. When he shows it to his friends, they encourage him to open it only to reveal…UNDERWEAR. Lots of it. There’s a blue pair, a polka-dot pair, a frilly pair, even a dirty pair. Bear tries on one pair after another: too big, too small, too loose. It doesn’t look like any of the pairs will fit Bear properly, until he reaches the last pair, a PERFECT FIT.

When Bear in Underwear first arrived the kids wanted to read it right away. It wasn’t the cartoon character-like Bear with his big saucer eyes that interested them. It was his tighty-whitey’s that caught their attention, and mine. I love that the underwear on the front cover is cloth with a little foam behind it to give it some depth. My kids love poking it. You just can’t help yourself. This is the only place that is ‘touch-and-feel’ like, the book isn’t a touch-and-feel design, but it certainly drew us in.

The illustrations are simple and colourful with characters simply known by their species, like Bear, Turtle, Big Foot. This is great for young kids since that’s how they already reference animals. My 3-year-old names all her toys by their species name versus giving them humanized names. The story Bear in Underwear is very cute. If you have underwear obsessed kids like my younger two, they’ll love it. The copy is limited on the page with dialog in speech bubbles, similar to a comic book. The varied font size and placement also ads to the comic book feel. The illustrations fill the page.

Although my 8-year-old enjoyed the story, Bear in Underwear really appealed to my 5-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter. They would laugh hysterically at Bear trying on the different pairs. My kids loved predicting the story with the aid of the illustrations. My 5-year-old son especially enjoyed reading the speech bubbles as bear tried each pair on.

The only part in Bear in Underwear I wasn’t too fond of was some of Beaver’s dialog, referring to Bear or his underwear as ‘lame’ or ‘dorky’. This only happened those two times in the whole book but of course these are words my 3 and 5-year-old gravitated toward. Bear in Underwear is a very cute story. It had my kids laughing and even I couldn’t help but crack a smile.

You can add Bear in Underwear to your personal collection by visiting your independent bookstore or visit Raincoast Books. For more great books for kids, checkout the past Write a Review Wednesday posts.

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