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by Melissa Martin ; illustrated by Troy Cummings

Pub Date: May 11th, 2021
ISBN: 978-1-984831-89-7
Publisher: Random House

Will Bear Cub ever find the owner of the pair of underpants hanging in the tree outside his cave?

His distressed expression will show readers that he takes this job seriously—someone somewhere has a bare bum. In a pattern that repeats, Bear Cub asks his friends in turn if the tighty whities happen to belong to them. When they say no, he asks, “Are you sure?” and they give the reason why they can’t possibly be theirs: There’s no hole for Squirrel’s tail, Bat’s underpants glow in the dark, they smell too good to be Skunk’s, and Salmon wears a swimsuit instead. They don’t belong to Turtle, Owl, Snake, Beaver, or Moose, either. So, Bear Cub heads home…to a surprise (maybe not for close observers) revelation from Momma Bear, who, strangely enough, wears no underwear herself. The diversity of underpants on display will keep readers in stitches, and the animals’ reactions to Bear Cub’s inquiries about something so personal are both very funny and so true to life for kids: Turtle seems almost prudish, Salmon is joyfully matter-of-fact, Skunk seems proud of their characteristic trait, and Beaver is terribly shy. Though those reading aloud may get tired of the word underpants, repeated 34 times not including the title, kids will find it hysterical, and the repetition supports new readers.

Sure to have kids imagining what kinds of underpants other species might wear.

(Picture book. 3-8)