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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Naked! Written by Michael Ian Black and illustrated by Debbie Redpath Ohi. Simon & Schuster, 2014. $19.99 ages 3 and up

"I should dress like this
all the time.

I could go to school

Play on the playground '

Haven't we all loved watching little dimpled butts run away from our attempts to get them clothed? Have you never wanted to be just like that little kid whose inhibitions have nothing to do with being naked? Is it the freedom? Is it thumbing our collective noses at society's

The little guy in this book can't think of anything better than being naked. He loves being clothes-free and doesn't mind telling the world he can run, jump, eat cookies, and still be naked. He even begins to consider all the other things that might be able to do without any clothes.

He doesn't think he needs anything...until he considers wearing a cape. Now, there's some fun. The cape offers even more opportunity for this caped crusader! When the temperature outside cools his inside temperature, the shivering and shaking of being cold set in and he begins to change his mind about his state of undress...perhaps pants, a top and slippers will work!

Debbie Ohi matches her charming artwork with the full humor of Michael Ian Black's text, offering total and complete joy in nakedness. She allows us to see this little guy's world from various angles and ups the humor to be shared with our listeners. Expect some copycatting! Don't you just wish you could be one, too???

And now, to bed!

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