Good for a chuckle and an excellent extension opportunity for classrooms.

LOTS MORE ANIMALS SHOULD DEFINITELY NOT WEAR CLOTHING.

Judi and Ron Barrett come up with more reasons why animals are best au naturel.

As in its classic predecessor, Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing, the book begins with that titular phrase in black text on a white page, each subsequent page beginning with “because” and supplying a single reason why a particular animal is unsuited to wearing clothing. Sneakers with untied laces and slouchy socks would “hamper a horse.” A frog “might jump out of it”—and looks quite chagrined to find itself suddenly unclothed. “It would be foolish for a fish” to wear a raincoat and carry an umbrella underwater. Laugh-out-loud moments include the caterpillar overwhelmed by the tide of socks coming out of the dryer and the leashed pet armadillo whose armor matches the knight walking it. Other featured animals include a spider, a bear, an elk, a crab, a turtle, a penguin, a skunk, a flamingo, and a hyena. On every spread, the animal is placed against a white background. Across the gutter, black text is alternately placed against coral, pea green, yellow, or white backgrounds. Ron Barrett’s pen, ink, and digital crosshatch-shaded animals look quite realistic—aside from their clothing and the expressions on their faces.

Good for a chuckle and an excellent extension opportunity for classrooms. (Picture book. 3-8)

Pub Date: March 13, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-4814-8866-2

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Caitlyn Dlouhy/Atheneum

Review Posted Online: Dec. 3, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2018

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A perfect story to enjoy on a “no bones day.”

NOODLE AND THE NO BONES DAY

Graziano tells the story of his TikTok-famous pug, Noodle.

Noodle is a silly, stubborn old pug who likes walks and snacks. “He’s a pug who knows what he wants.” Jonathan, his light-skinned owner, loves taking Noodle for walks and sharing snacks—they are a perfect pair. But one day, when it’s time for a walk, Noodle just lies in his dog bed. Even when Jonathan tries to make Noodle sit up, Noodle flops back down. “It’s like he doesn’t have bones!” says Jonathan. Noodle doesn’t seem sick—he just wants snacks and to stay in bed. Finally, Jonathan asks if Noodle would just like to snuggle instead and receives a strong affirmative from the drowsy pug. Together Noodle and his human enjoy a relaxing “no bones day” and learn an important lesson about rest and why it matters for silly, stubborn old pugs and for the humans who love them, too. Many may already be familiar with Noodle through his TikTok videos (if Noodle remains standing when Graziano lifts him, it’s a “bones day”; among Noodle’s followers, a “no bones day” has come to mean a day for self-care and taking it easy). However, this story stands alone and will likely create new fans for a long time to come. Hand-drawn and painted digitally, Tavis’ illustrations rely on a muted palette and rounded images, depicting an appropriately cozy world. (This book was reviewed digitally.)

A perfect story to enjoy on a “no bones day.” (author's note) (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: June 7, 2022

ISBN: 978-1-66592-710-9

Page Count: 32

Publisher: McElderry

Review Posted Online: May 11, 2022

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2022

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THE WONKY DONKEY

The print version of a knee-slapping cumulative ditty.

In the song, Smith meets a donkey on the road. It is three-legged, and so a “wonky donkey” that, on further examination, has but one eye and so is a “winky wonky donkey” with a taste for country music and therefore a “honky-tonky winky wonky donkey,” and so on to a final characterization as a “spunky hanky-panky cranky stinky-dinky lanky honky-tonky winky wonky donkey.” A free musical recording (of this version, anyway—the author’s website hints at an adults-only version of the song) is available from the publisher and elsewhere online. Even though the book has no included soundtrack, the sly, high-spirited, eye patch–sporting donkey that grins, winks, farts, and clumps its way through the song on a prosthetic metal hoof in Cowley’s informal watercolors supplies comical visual flourishes for the silly wordplay. Look for ready guffaws from young audiences, whether read or sung, though those attuned to disability stereotypes may find themselves wincing instead or as well.

Hee haw. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: May 1, 2010

ISBN: 978-0-545-26124-1

Page Count: 26

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Dec. 29, 2018

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