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Charlie's Superhero Underpants Paperback – May 1, 2013

4.3 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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PreSchool-Grade 2—When Charlie's scarlet underpants blow away with the rest of the laundry, he begins a whimsical, whirlwind world tour to find the precious garment that says "POW!" in front and "KERZAP!" "OOF!" and "SPLAT!" in back. Wildish's humorous illustrations capture the streets of Paris, the Serengeti plain, a Peruvian plateau, the waters of the Mississippi, and the mountains of Nepal, where a Yeti is found wearing Charlie's underwear. The boy negotiates a deal with the hairy beast, trading a woolen cap for the one item of clothing that makes him feel in charge. While Bright gets mileage out of the ever-popular superhero topic, his story is overly dependent on a clunky rhyme scheme and lacks character development. For titles that better explore the feelings of a small person struggling for some sense of power in the larger world, consider Caralyn Buehner's Superdog: The Heart of a Hero (HarperCollins, 2004), Udo Weigelt's Super Guinea Pig to the Rescue (Walker, 2007), or Viviane Schwarz's Timothy and the Strong Pajamas (Scholastic, 2008).—Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT
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About the Author

Paul Bright started writing stories for his own children when they were young, and he kept on writing even when they left home.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Good Books (May 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561486795
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561486793
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 10.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,046,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Carole R. Laffey on November 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is a delight to read either aloud or by yourself. All kids love to hear about someone else's underwear and this book is sure to bring laughter to any group of primary age children in spite of a few "britishisms" that might need a few editorial explanations. For example you might have to explain that the "vest" that blows off the line is an undershirt. In fact you might have to explain hanging the wash out on the line at all.
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This is a great book that incorporates adventure, sillyness, wonderful illustrations and text all in one. I actually purchased this in a book store and it is a great read aloud for toddlers and preschoolers alike! It's too bad that as a customer you are not able to view the inside of this book, but don't be put off by this because you'll truely be missing out on a great book. The text rhymes and flows well for the most part and there are one to two short sentences on just about every page as it is a picture book. Charlie has a pair of special underpants that turn him into a superhero but one day the wind blows the laundry away. Charlie goes on with his adorable little dog to search all the corners of the world to find them. He journeys from France all the way to the snowy mountains of Nepal in search of his superhero underpants. Along the way he gathers back all the clothing that had blown to all the corners of the world (a fine french fox is found wearing sister Sophie's soxs/an alligator sat wearing Grampa's wooly hat etc.). In the end he finally tracks his underpants down only to find that an enormous yeti is wearing them and is quite intent on keeping them. Charlie has to do some bargaining to get them back. It rhymes, it's cute, well illustrated, silly and adventurous! All in all it's a keeper for sure!

NOTE: I am also a fan of Leah Wilcox's book -WAKING BEAUTY- and also just about any book written by Julia Donaldson.
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The rhyming and the global adventures make this a very huge hit in our house. I find the set up a bit long, but I love once Charlie starts on his adventures to find his Scarlet Superhero Underpants. I find the rhythm to be relatively easy, but perhaps we've read it so many times. Plus, the kids love the big REVEAL of finding the underpants and get excited and yell about the creature who is wearing them. The pictures are detailed and we find new things in them all the time. This is a true treasure at our house.
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A wonderful story in rhyme, that will capture your mind and heart as well as your child's. It is British and full of great adventures...wonderful words...great fun as Charlie chases around the world in search of his favorite underpants! You will find yourself right there, from Paris, to the plains of Serengeti, to the shores of the mighty Mississippi...and will rejoice with Charlie as he FINALLY finds what he's looking for :)
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Charlie's Superhero Underpants is a clever tale about a boy who loses his underpants and must go on a round the world trip to find them again. The combination of superheroes and underpants seems a sure recipe for a perfect story time book, but unfortunately this one does not have that natural read aloud flow. The rhyming is clunky and forced at times, and just when you think you have the rhythm figured out, it changes. The illustrations are charming and I really like how Charlie gets to travel all over the world - it adds a nice sense of world geography to an otherwise pretty frivolous tale. This is still a fun story that will find lots of fans, but I am disappointed in the clunky rhyming that makes it difficult to use as a group read aloud. It is most certainly too long for young preschool groups, but might find a home in kindergarten classrooms. Not a recommend for group use, but it will have loads of appeal for young superhero fans interested in one on one sharing.
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I bought this book for my 2-year son's 2nd birthday because his name is Charlie. The story is cute, and I love that Charlie goes to Paris, the Serengeti, Peru, the Mississippi, and Nepal in search of his superhero underpants. I also love that the book includes characters typically loved by children- a Yeti, an alligator, and a lion. My son gets so excited when we turn the page to see one of them. And the fact that it is a full page that exposes a Yeti as the one with his underpants is good fun. What I don't love are the rhymes. They aren't terrible, and do not come off as especially forced, but I do not see the need for it or feel that it adds to the story. I also think the story could be more clear-the swap between Charlie and the Yeti is not really explained. Charlie makes an offer (in rhyme) and on the next page thanks the Yeti. We can assume the Yeti agrees to the swap, and that Charlie gives him the warm clothes pictured, but this is not written in the text. Some of the vocabulary is a bit big for the younger set (swap, gale, billowed). All in all a cute story, a nice adventure, and good fun.
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