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PreS-Gr 2—Black and Ridpath Ohi follow up on their I'm Bored (S & S, 2012) with another humorous picture book that taps into children's emotions. After soaking in a bubble bath, a rambunctious little boy runs through the house in his birthday suit. His parents' initial facial expressions suggest that they do not share in their son's enthusiasm, but eventually Mom lightens up. The exuberant youngster imagines the fun of attending school, playing on the playground, and dancing the Hokey Pokey, all in the nude. Each time he stops for a cookie snack, he settles down a bit. When the lad puts on a cape and starts to feel cold, he changes his mind about the value of clothing. In the end, the exhausted boy falls asleep in his dinosaur hooded pajamas. Black's peppy writing style sets a fast pace for the story, and the child's behavior is believable. There's also a lesson here about one practical reason for wearing clothing. The whimsical digital artwork adds energy and color to the story. Characters' moods are nicely shown through their changing facial expressions, while the illustrator's choices of poses for the child leave anatomical details to the reader's imagination. Images of the boy are replicated on the brightly colored endpapers. Parents sharing this story one-on-one with a child will find the picture book humorous on both a child and adult level.—Lynn Vanca, Freelance Librarian, Akron, OH

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* "'Naked!' It’s fun to say and fun to be, as the team behind 2012’s I’m Bored proves with this tribute to the (temporarily) clothes-free life.... Certain to inspire gleeful mimicry—not that some kids need much of an excuse to ditch their duds." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

"Black and Ridpath Ohi follow up on their I’m Bored (S & S, 2012) with another humorous picture book that taps into children’s emotions.... Parents sharing this story one-on-one with a child will find the picture book humorous on both a child and adult level." (School Library Journal)

"Black, a comedian as well as a writer, brings great comic timing to this riff. Ohi, who worked with Black on 'I’m Bored', makes sure readers get the joke." (New York Times Book Review)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: AD140L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (April 29, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144246738X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442467385
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Yep.... he's unwrapped... nude... au naturel and ready to streak!!

This book is just plain fun. It is a celebration of the joys of being"ME", of pure, innocent freedom and giving a shout out to the birthday suit! (which adults seem to want to cover up all the time!!)

Unwrapping it in rhyme...

The bubble bath was so much fun,
Might escape to take a run.
Bye, bye mom - you can't catch me,
I'm naked and I'm feeling free!

Ha! Ha! mom - the towel?, no thanks
Gonna go and grab my cape.
I'll fly around and be real cool,
I might go naked to my school.

Cookies taste best when you're bare,
No shirt, no pants, no underwear.
Look at me, I'm my own man
Did dad or you turn on a fan?

I'm feeling chilly, oh dear me
I need my jammies I can see.
I'll jump in bed and snuggle in
Get toasty warm up to my chin.

Naked time was such a blast
But now I see the time has passed.
Good night bare toes, goodnight bare bum...
Goodnight, goodnight to everyone!

The story is so kid-perfect and the illustrations bring the words to life. Every time I read the book I laugh out loud at this little guy's free spirit flowing with happiness and adventure as he moves throughout his world NAKED. I would highly recommend this book for a great bedtime story. Warning: Read after the bath...when dressed in the pyjamas...and tucked safely into bed. Then there will be no fear of a copy-cat rendezvous au naturel. Yep, it's a winner.
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This book is a MUST have! Buy it for yourself, your little people, your nieces and nephews, friends who are new parents ... SERIOUSLY! My kids (5 and 7) both love this book and we now have "inside" family jokes about it. On top of it, from a parents perspective it is 100% completely accurate. Hilarious!

I bought this because the cover looked cute. The inside just gets better and better... Matter of fact, I now have purchased 6 copies to gift to people.
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So I'm studying picture books with an eye to possibly attempting to produce them; good idea to read a few, huh? Since I have met this illustrator (not the writer I think) I figured it would do as an example. Turns out that it's an excellent example of the form. Yes, form, not genre. The genre is probably adventure, but it's told in free verse poetry and pictures. Including, as I told Deb, an excellent illustration of how to do the Hokey-Pokey. If you don't know, buy this book and you'll find out. Since I can't spoil it (nobody in the target audience is likely to read this for several years at least) I can say that it's a story about a boy who hops out of his bath and runs around the house naked, then in a cape, eating a few cookies along the way, until he gets all tired out and falls asleep. Yes, falls asleep, and that's a dream for his parents, I'll wager. In sum, this is a fine story, wonderfully told and beautifully illustrated. If you want more than that out of a book, then good luck Chuck!
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Format: Hardcover
Naked!

by Michael Ian Black

Illustrations by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

2014

40 pages

ISBN: 9781442467392

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.
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By Sophie on October 18, 2015
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NAKED! GREAT BOOK! My son loves when I read this book to him - and equally loves reading it to me. It is fun, silly and relate-able to most crazy kids out there. The fluency is fun and the illustrations are adorable. I would absolutely recommend this book
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This book is pure fun! From this little tyke's first exuberant shout of "naked!" all the way to his exhausted collapse into bed, this book is filled with so much energy, joy, and humor that it is simply a delight to read. The illustrations are big and bold, and our intrepid little kiddo is very expressive as he runs about the house. His joy at being naked is plain to see, as well as his disdain for clothes. Of course capes are another matter.

Worried parents need not fear, as the artist is careful to not reveal any important bits, even as she so thoroughly conveys the freedom and joy to be found in running about the house wearing nothing but your best superhero cape. And cookies! There are lots of cookies. What better fun than eating cookies....naked!

The text makes good use of the word naked, using lots of exclamation points and spot on comedic timing that turns this into a read aloud gem. I can't wait to read this to preschool story time crowds who will no doubt delight in all this nakedness even as their parents are cringing. Hey, the book ends with a valuable lesson when our little hero finally gets cold and learns that clothes can be kind of important. Naked is great fun and an enthusiastic recommend for any young reader. Don't miss this exuberant fun filled romp.
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