MONSTER'S NEW UNDIES by Samantha Berger

MONSTER'S NEW UNDIES

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Age Range: 3 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

When a tattered but loved pair of underwear finally falls apart, Monster must brave Undie World to find a new pair.

The search is harder than it might seem: “PUT. DOWN. THOSE. UNDIES. / THOSE. AREN’T. THE. ONES. / Those undies aren’t worthy / of dressing these buns!” From the designs on the underwear to their style, cut, and feel, none fit the bill, er, butt. But then Monster, high atop a pile of discards, a single pair askew on one of his horns, spies the perfect pair. “The moment I saw them, / my tush fell in love!” He concludes the shopping trip by posing, walking, dancing, and taking a stance in the new underwear. Oddly, as there’s been no hint before this of a filmed performance, Berger ends this rollicking, giggle-inducing romp with a spread of Monster taking a bow, other monsters applauding around a clapperboard: “And…SCENE.” Carpenter uses just three colors in his illustrations, and lime-green Monster stands out amid all the other, blue, nonscary monsters, especially when sporting his red-and-white tighty whities, his expressions wonderfully readable. Strangely, though Monster realizes that going underwear-less is “just a little bit c-c-cold. / …And a little exposed / …and A LOT to behold” (Monster shivers behind the leaf of a potted plant), he goes shopping with not a stitch on. No anatomy is shown; Monster’s gender is cued by underwear style.

If only every underwear shopping trip ended in such satisfaction. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: June 27th, 2017
ISBN: 978-0-545-87973-6
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Orchard/Scholastic
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2017




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