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Say YES to CAPES (ignore Edna Mode) plus how to make your own superhero cape

Find other bonus activities, a Teacher's Guide, printables, a guide for young readers about how the picture book NAKED! was created and more:

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



British version of NAKED! posted in the wild

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!


Thanks to Dork Tower's John Kovalic for the nice tweet about NAKED!

Thanks to John Kovalic for the nice post about NAKED! on Twitter. I'm especially tickled because I'm a fan of John's Dork Tower comic as well as his board game art (Munchkin, Apples To Apples and many others for Steve Jackson Games, Cumberland Games & Diversions, Fantasy Flight Games, his own Out Of The Box Publishing, others).
I "met" John on Twitter via my board gaming Twitter account @BGGgirl via my friend Brett Myers.
You can find John or info about John on Twitter, WikipediaBoardGameGeek and, of course, Dork Tower.

What librarians are saying about NAKED!

I've been delighted with the response from librarians about NAKED!, the new picture book written by Michael Ian Black and illustrated by me (Debbie Ridpath Ohi). Here are a few Twitter reviews:

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Michelle Zentis reading NAKED! to alpacas in Peru

Thank to Michelle Zentis for the photo above, where she is introducing NAKED! to "a couple of nice Quechua ladies and their alpacas" at Sacsayhuaman in Peru. I've added this to the NAKED! In The Wild Pinterest gallery as well as the following:

Michelle reads NAKED! in Machu Picchu

If you have a reader gallery photo to share, please do let me know!

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