Parents' Guide to

Creepy Pair of Underwear!

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Hilarious tale of a rabbit afraid of his scary underpants.

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age 6+

Based on 1 parent review

age 6+

Too scary for sensitive child.

The underwear is scary when it keeps returning and scratching in the dresser. My 5-year-old got scared of the dark for a couple of days after they read it at school.

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Our review:
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There's lots of silly, spooky fun in this story about a pair of underwear with a "ghoulish, greenish glow" that slyly plays on kids' conflicted feelings about their big-kid underwear. Creepy Pair of Underwear! has a really clever premise -- an ominous, indestructible pair of underwear straight out of a horror film -- and author Aaron Reynolds tells the story with text that's hilariously dry and deadpan. For instance, when Jasper cuts up the underwear with his mom's scissors, Jasper thinks, "She didn't like him using them, but this was an underwear emergency." And when he digs a hole to bury the underpants, the hole is "100% underwear-proof." All of which helps highlight his shaky insistence, "A grown rabbit couldn't be terrified of his underpants."

Peter Brown's art is the perfect pairing. He renders the underwear in a garish green, the fluorescent color of nuclear waste, and for maximum effect, juxtaposes it against black backgrounds. When Jasper's afraid of the dark, Brown gives us a full spread that's completely black, followed by one that's all black except for two wide, frightened eyes. It's a horrifyingly good read.

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