Saturday, February 07, 2015

Vegetables in Underwear (2015)

Vegetables in Underwear. Jared Chapman. 2015. Abrams. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]

 Underwear!
I wear underwear!
You wear underwear!
We all wear underwear!

Even if the preschoolers in your life don't like eating vegetables, they may come to love reading about vegetables. As long as those vegetables are in UNDERWEAR perhaps.

I really enjoyed reading Vegetables in Underwear. I expected it to be silly and over-the-top and a bit odd. And it is in many ways. But I didn't expect to enjoy the illustrations as much as I did.

The endpapers of this one introduce readers of all ages to vegetables. The end papers at the start show each vegetable fully clothed. (Carrot, onion, celery, radish, mushroom, eggplant, squash, turnip, broccoli, corn, potato, pea, "baby" beet, "baby" corn, "baby" carrot.) The end papers at the end show off the vegetables in their underwear. (Notice how the "baby" vegetables are MOST upset that they are still in diapers.) 

Before the book even properly gets started, I found myself smiling. Note the VERY FRUSTRATED broccoli who can't get the striped shirt over his head!

So the text of the book is all about underwear, of course, a silly celebration if you will. Among other topics that come up: who wears underwear and who DOESN'T wear underwear. (Poor babies stuck wearing diapers!)

Text: 3 out of 5
Illustrations: 4 out of 5
Total: 7 out of 10

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