“Animals, animals- everywhere— / from A to Z in their underwear!”
So begins this march through the alphabet with a bevy of animals sporting various undergarments. On each page or under a flap, an alligator wears striped drawers, a bat flies with multicolored undies, a chicken dons pink-and-purple panties and so on, with a colorful block letter and a simple label floating nearby. Many of the usual alphabet-book critters are here, such as Elephant, Frog and Goldfish, but there are a couple of surprises, particularly Nanny goat for N. As the letters get more challenging, things grow progressively sillier, ushering in an extra-large pig in heart-decked briefs, a purple yak in blue, yellow, green and red underwear, and a multicolored zebra with no underwear at all. Parr’s signature cartoons using bold colors, thick black lines and childlike forms will be easily recognizable to his fans. The use of flaps here mainly seems to be a space-saving device to compress multiple letters into a spread, since they do not offer any surprises or changes on the inside, as is typical in other lift-the-flap titles.
Like the animals’ knickers, there’s not much to this one-joke offering. (Board book. 2-4)