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

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Annotation: Jeff the bear is sure he has forgotten something when he sets out from home, but none of the animals he meets initially inform him that he is only wearing his underwear, until he reaches his friend Anders the hare--who quickly thinks of a way to avoid embarrassing Jeff, by starting a fashion trend.
Catalog Number: #221554
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2021
Edition Date: 2021
Illustrator: Balzer, Erin,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-374-31388-1 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-8549-1
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-374-31388-3 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-8549-5
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2019047018
Dimensions: 28 cm.
Language: English
School Library Journal Starred Review
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. John Scott, Friends Sch. of Baltimore
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
A chatty bear causes a stir in the forest by leaving the house in an embarrassing pair of white underwear.When Jeff the bear runs down a checklist of things to do before leaving the cottage in the morning, one big item is forgotten: taking off the tighty whities that Grandma sent. As Jeff encounters pal after pal (none of whom wear underwear, nor indeed any human clothing), the bear has a sense that something is very wrong. But what could it be? Finally, after many animals break the fourth wall to ask readers, “Why is that bear wearing underwear?” Jeff goes to a rabbit friend named Anders who explains. And while there’s a huge moment of awkwardness when all the animals show up, Anders and Jeff are able to seize the moment. The underpinnings of this charming picture book are already strong (underwear is inherently funny), and the babbling small talk Jeff engages in while trying to figure out what’s wrong adds a lot to the increasingly silly situation (“Am I right or am I right? I think I’m right”). John’s text perfectly pitches the jokes to a strong conclusion at just the right pace while Kraan’s energetic illustrations, with hardly a straight line in the entire book, add to the sense of ultimately harmless cringe. The book is also a clever primer on handling embarrassment and how it can sometimes be dealt with by simply changing the perspective of what’s happening. (This book was reviewed digitally with 11-by-17-inch double-page spreads viewed at actual size.)This underwear affair is wise, witty, and just brief enough. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews (12/1/20)
School Library Journal Starred Review (4/1/21)
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2

A hilarious picture book from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jory John, paired with new illustrator Erin Kraan, about a bear whose friends help him make it through a bad day! Jeff the bear has definitely forgotten something. He ate his breakfast, he watered his plant, he combed his fur...what could it be? Why does he feel so oddly off? So he asks his friend Anders the rabbit what could possibly be wrong. It couldn't have anything to do with the fact that he's wearing underwear...over his fur...could it? Something's Wrong! is another read-out-loud, laugh-out-loud picture book from bestselling and beloved author Jory John, about that horrible nagging feeling that it just might not be your day--but you know you have a friend to support you no matter what.

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