Creepy Pair of Underwear! (Creepy Tales! #2)

by Aaron Reynolds (Author) Peter Brown (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Creepy Tales!

Jasper Rabbit is not a little bunny anymore. He's not afraid of the dark, and he's definitely not afraid of something as silly as underwear. But when the lights go out, suddenly his new big rabbit underwear glows in the dark.

A ghoulish, greenish glow. If Jasper didn't know any better he'd say his undies were a little, well, creepy. Jasper's not scared obviously, he's just done with creepy underwear. But after trying everything to get rid of them, they keep coming back!

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Starred Review
This strikes the ideal balance between frightening and hilarious, and like the underwear itself, readers are guaranteed to keep coming back for this storytime platinum!

Kirkus Reviews

Starred Review

Perfect for those looking for a scary Halloween tale that won’t leave them with more fears than they started with.

Publishers Weekly

Starred Review

Five years after the Caldecott Honor-winning Creepy Carrots!, Jasper Rabbit returns, and he's being frightened by something equally improbable: the green undies he insisted his mother buy for him. With their "ghoulish, greenish glow" and a stitched and bolted face a la Frankenstein's monster, these tighty not-so-whities start keeping Jasper up at night, and nothing--not even throwing them away or mailing them to China--can prevent them from returning to his bedroom. Once again, Reynolds and Brown are in perfect comedic synch as they channel the surprises and creeping dread of a thriller. Brown's noir-style b&w illustrations make the most of the premise, and the innate absurdity of being afraid of one's undergarments will be a surefire winner with many kids. Ages 4-8. Agent: Paul Rodeen, Rodeen Literary Management. (Aug.)

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School Library Journal

Jasper Rabbit and his mother go shopping one Thursday for much-needed new underwear. Bypassing the boring white pairs, Jasper begs his mom to get the peculiar looking but comfy neon green underwear—even if it resembles Frankenstein's monster. Reluctantly, Jasper's mother agrees, and so one pair of the psychedelic undies goes home with them. That night, however, Jasper tries to get rid of the underwear but it returns, "staring at him with that ghoulish, greenish glow." The garment's bright color and changing expressions are highlighted by their placement on dark backgrounds. Finally, Jasper successfully buries the underwear in a deep, deep hole. A totally black spread is followed by one with Jasper's huge round eyes, fearful of the dark, now dull without the green glow. After he digs up his original pair, Jasper spends his whole allowance and festoons his room with an entire collection of creepy green underwear. First introduced in Creepy Carrots, Jasper's antics are equally humorous and appropriately but safely spooky. VERDICT An enjoyable and comfortably spine-tingling picture book for a Halloween or any day storytime.—Maria B. Salvadore, formerly at District of Columbia Public Library

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I LOVE This book sooo much I could read it ALLLLLLL day

This book is SUPER cool! And super funny beacuse the book is called creepy pair of underwear it says UNDERWEAR HA HA well good job on this book and this book is SUPER detaled!

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication date
August 20, 2017
Creepy Tales!
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV002210 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Rabbits
JUV010000 - Juvenile Fiction | Bedtime & Dreams
JUV048000 - Juvenile Fiction | Clothing & Dress
Library of Congress categories

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