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Simon and Schuster 2014

Adorable zaniness and wicked cool comedy literally jump off the pages of Michael Ian Black's new children's book Naked!Any parent can tell you that every child goes through that stage where clothes are a real hassle and buzz kill--it's much more fun to be Naked! The super nova boy who displays unflagging energy and heart goes about his day Naked! He shouts, "Look at me everybody! I'm naked! Whoooooo! Naked, naked, naked!"Any child (and any adult who loves humor) can tell you the word "Naked!" is in itself, a funny word. Nude...not so funny. Bare....boring. Unclothed....uptight and uber proper. But Naked! deserves to be capitalized and always said and written with an exclamation point! It's freeing somehow! Look at me using the exclamation point! Whoooooooo!The boy runs around his house, eating  cookies and imagines going to school and playing on the playground all the while Naked! Life is great until....he imagines how much better it could be with a cape. Oh, yes. A cape. It makes all things better. Including Naked!The boy discovers Naked! really works for him until he gets too cold. Clothes do have a use he has to concede.Illustrations by Debbie Ridpath Ohi capture the energy and captivating spirit of the young boy. Readers can feel his energy and fun as he runs around his house. The boy's mother appears throughout the book trying to get him clothed as he outruns and outmaneuvers her, and it makes the story even more humorous and loveable.Kids are sure to giggle and adults will love this captivating book. Kids always scream and laugh out loud when the boy in David Shannon's No David! is Naked! Imagine reading Naked! to a group of kindergartners. Funny, right? And great fun.

Picture books just don't get any better than Naked! It is sure to tickle your funny bone and leave a smile on your face and warm fuzzies in your heart.So highly recommended that I'm shouting it from the rooftops: Go out and experience Naked! ( I just love writing and saying that).

9781442467392  40 pages   Ages  4-8

Recommended by:  Pamela Thompson, MLIS, Library Media Specialist, Texas USA


Michael Ian Black figured out a while back that cheeks, butts, and posteriors make a very funny book.  Now he's moved on to the next best thing... being completely naked.

The thrill of each turn of the page as we watch this unclothed urchin streak through the house ratchets up the tension level.  As this wild-haired naked young'un slides down the bannister and eats cookies in the buff, we wait to see just how much we will see.  Turns out you can do the hokey-pokey naked and still not reveal all.  How long will this pants free romp go on?

Glee and playfulness run wild!

Recommended by:  Barb,

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