Reviews for Pirates Love Underpants

Booklist Reviews 2013 October #2
After giving us Aliens Love Underpants (2007) and Dinosaurs Love Underpants (2010), Freedman and Cort's next underpants-themed tale involves pirates in search of the "fabled Pants of Gold." Preschoolers with a penchant for underfashion will be drawn in by the ample plot and colorful pages full of sharks, caves, plenty of underpants, and a cheerful pirate crew on their way to certain fortune over rope bridges, through caves, and past all manner of creatures (in underpants). Freedman's silly tale of hidden treasure, competing pirate crews, and ankle-trapping elasticless underpants is well matched by Cort's cartoon illustrations, featuring colorful bloomers, boxers, and briefs as well as lots of classic pirate sights, like peg legs, treasure maps, eye patches, squawking parrots, and barrels of booty. And, in the midst of all the boisterous fun, there's a good lesson, too: don't wear underpants lacking sound elastic to keep them on just right. Try this with Mary Elise Monsell and Lynn Munsinger's silly animals in Underwear! (1998) or Robert Stanek's Pirates Stole My Booty! (2011). Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Spring
In Freedman and Cort's newest Underpants book, pirates in search of treasure called Pants of Gold vanquish their rivals with swords to their elastic waistbands. The jaunty and usually well-metered rhyming text is packed with giggle-inducing moments of reverence toward underwear. The wide-faced pirates in the illustrations, shown at the end to be a child's toys, are never too scary.

Kirkus Reviews 2013 July #2
There's too little that's loony in this tale of piratical pantaloon-loving thieves, in spite of its cheery premise and art. Wearing their undies on the outside of their trousers, the "pants pirates" and their captain seek to locate the ultimate treasure: an underwear-shaped trophy called "the fabled Pants Of Gold." Their perilous journey takes them to an island where similarly costumed scurvy knaves have already claimed the prize as their own. In a bit of quick thinking, our antiheroes slice through their rivals' elastic bands, effectively curtailing their pursuit, and the booty is all theirs. A bizarre admonishment to young readers to always check the elasticity of their underwear caps off this subpar fare. If the text is tepid and the art equally unimaginative, the book does distinguish itself with its Briticisms. Originally published in England, the numerous unfamiliar terms for underwear (bloomers and knickers, for instance) make for impenetrable puns. Indeed, the most common name for underwear in this story is the uniquely British "pants"--a phrase that is bound to baffle Yank toddlers, for whom the word has a very different meaning. Be sure to keep your visit with this undergarment-obsessed pirate crew nice and brief. (Picture book. 4-8) Copyright Kirkus 2013 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Reviews 2013 August

PreS-Gr 2--The search is on for the treasured Pants of Gold-gold underpants, that is. The pirates of the Black Bloomer are off to find the fabled undies. They land on a small island, but other pirates have already found the treasure. Never fear, "The captain has a cunning plan./It's clever! It's fantastic!/Grab their fancy underpants and…/CUT through the elastic!" Rhymed stanzas tell this silly story, which will elicit giggles from young listeners and readers. The bright cartoon illustrations-which are filled with funny underwear and a variety of pirates, including one female-make this title a storytime treat. Libraries with pirate fans will want to add this one because children always find underpants funny.--Angela J. Reynolds, Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Bridgetown, NS, Canada

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