Something’s Wrong! A Bear, a Hare, and Some Underwear

Farrar. Mar. 2021. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780374313883.
PreS-Gr 3–The dreaded “I’m out in public only wearing my underwear!” dream comes true for a bear one day and he just doesn’t realize why all the other animals in the forest are giving him such strange looks. What sets this gag into a much higher realm of storytelling is the lesson in friendship readers are given when the bear’s friend Anders struggles openly with his reaction and then comes to boldly support his friend. Using woodcut prints and digital techniques, Kraan depicts the characters as charming in their puzzlement and hilarious in their underwear. This a wonderful example of illustration adding further to a very funny text.
VERDICT Expect hilarity to ensue wherever underwear stories are a hit with the add-on bonus of this being a great title for discussions on the topic of allyship.

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