"From the opening spread ("Naked!" cries a boy in a bubble bath), this latest offering from the partnership of Black and Ohi (I'm Bored, BCCB 10/12) is an all-out celebration of the joys of being a kid. The initial jubilation comes as the post-bath boy gallops around the house stark naked, speculating on other ideal spots for nakedness ("I should dress like this all the time. I could go to school naked. Play on the playground naked"). When Mom approaches with an armful of laundry, the boy resists -- "Who needs pants?" Or shirts or shoes or capes" -- before realizing the potential of that final thought -- "Wait . . . Capes???" He then rejoices in the perfect combination of nakedness and capedness ("Eating another cookie mostly naked but also caped!"), before inevitably ending up cold and all-out exhausted, noodled on a very patient mother's shoulder as she carries him to bed. The point of view is spot-on here, and the little boy protagonist is entirely lovable in his unadulterated elation. The text, all in our hero's voice, effusively conveys his energy, and the progression from bursting at the seams (or absence thereof) with enthusiasm to being completely, undeniably beat will be familiar to parents of animated little people. The digitally rendered illustrations, thick linocut-like borders and smooth planes of color with occasional texturing, match the energy of the story, and the mop-headed boy's expressions are sweetly effervescent. Full frontals are cleverly obstructed throughout, and the variety of angles and perspectives (viewed from above, behind, at a distance, up close) lend visual interest. This is a story that begs to be read aloud and delighted over by young and old alike. HM"
Find other bonus activities, a Teacher's Guide, printables, a guide for young readers about how the picture book NAKED! was created and more: Debbieohi.com/naked
I've been so enjoying hearing from readers about how children have been enjoying NAKED!. Quite a few have said that their young ones have immediately wanted to make a cape after reading the book.
Thinking about capes always reminds me of Edna Mode (one of my favorite animated characters of all time; my friends gave me a talking Edna for my office) in The Incredibles:
I encourage you all to ignore Edna Mode's "NO CAPES!" and do make your own. Just stay away from jet engines, okay?
Some videos about how to make a cape
How to make a superhero cape:
How to craft a no-sew cape costume:
How to make a cape out of a t-shirt in just a few minutes (some subtitle language not appropriate for young viewers):
If you prefer written instructions about how to make a cape:
How to make a cape (7 methods): from WikiHow
How to make a superhero cape - by Lara from HowDoesShe
Thanks to my friend Marilisa (part of the British musical duo, Playing Rapunzel -- and check out my art on their page!) for posting this photo of WHO NEEDS PANTS?, the British version of NAKED!