Small children giggle when you read this book to them, because it has that naughty word, “undies,” in it. And should you need a synonym for “undies”, then this book is better than your average thesaurus: pants, bloomers, daks, jocks, boxers, pantaloons, scants, drawers, underwear, underpants. Very handy.
In rhyming couplets, Ruth Paul tells about the annual animal ball, to which all the animals come, wearing nothing but their undies (cue giggling from children). But one year, Elephant, Spider, Snake and Hen, all in knickerless state, crash the party, complaining that it’s unfair, because they have no undies, for varying reasons. After a bit of argument, the animals make a new rule for next year’s ball, so that everyone can come.
Animals big, animals small,
animals short, animals tall…
nowadays they hold their Ball
with not a skerrick on at all!
The illustrations are fun: click through to Ruth Paul’s site to see some of her work. And if you read this book, be sure to turn to the very back page to see the last joke.