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One big pair of underwear
First Edition.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Reading Level:
AD 420 L Lexile
Added Author:
Progressively larger groups of animals try to share a limited number of scooters, cookbooks, nap mats, and underwear.


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Count and share with...underwear! Come along on a zany adventure with hilarious pictures from the New York Times bestselling illustrator of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site .

What's one thing that two bears, three yaks, four goats, and six cats have in common?

They hate to share.

But look out--here comes a pack of twenty pigs ready to prove that sharing makes everything twice as fun!

This seriously silly picture book with artwork by the New York Times bestselling illustrator of Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site irresistibly combines the concepts of counting and sharing.

Author Notes

Laura Gehl is the author of One Big Pair of Underwear. She lives with her husband and their four kids in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Visit her online at

Tom Lichtenheld has illustrated several bestselling picture books, including One Big Pair of Underwear ; Shark vs. Train ; Duck! Rabbit! ; and Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site . He lives with his wife in Illinois. Visit him at

Reviews 5

Publisher's Weekly Review

Though nominally about underwear, always an attention getter, Gehl's debut offers lessons in counting and cooperation. In each example, the number of desirable items ("FIVE flat mats") is too few for the animals that want them ("SIX fat cats"), and one leaves disappointed ("One fat cat thinks, Rats! Rats! Rats!"). Absurdity reigns. Five goats cannot apportion four jars of candy, nine ducks have only eight hockey sticks, and the underwear of the title is coveted by "TWO brown bears who hate to share." At last, 20 pigs demonstrate, albeit dangerously, that they all can use 10 playground slides at the same time, and the rest of the animals pool their resources too: "Goats and ducks share candy bars,/ hockey fun, and empty jars." Gehl's tongue-twisting rhymes bounce along winningly, and Lichtenheld (This Is a Moose) gamely pictures the silly activities, from water-skiing cows and scooter-riding seals to twin bears stuffed into a single pair of Y-fronts. This amusing tale of sharing eschews the preachy and relies on nonsense to get readers giggling. Ages 4-8. Illustrator's agent: Amy Rennert, Amy Rennert Agency. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

Take one counting book, mix it with a comical tale of underwear-sharing, add some tongue-twisting rhymes, and soon there will be uncontrollable laughter. Two bears "who hate to share" fight over a single pair of tighty whities (leaving one bear bare). Next come three yaks...but there are only two bags of snacks. And so the pattern is established: desirable items (scooters, candy bars, jet skis, hockey sticks) are presented to a group of animals, but there's a catch: there are always more animals than there are items, leaving one animal upset. When twenty wily pigs figure out how to share ten playground slides, the bears reconsider the underwear-sharing, and all the animals figure out a way to make things fair for everyone. The rhymes follow familiar spelling patterns (including -ack, -eal, -ar, -at, -ook, and the nervous-making -uck), making this a perfect book for new readers (think Hop on Pop). The goofy situations are made even goofier through Lichtenheld's familiar and fabulous digitally colored pencil illustrations: it's hard to keep a straight face when cats are blowing up air mattresses or baboons are playing trombones. The final exuberant parade, and the quietly amusing endpapers, ensure that this will be a popular book for storyhours and independent reading alike. Who knew sharing could be so much fun? robin l. smith (c) Copyright 2014. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* The word underwear is enough to make kids erupt in giggles. But when two bears contemplate sharing one pair of underwear, youngsters will be rolling in the aisles. Add rhymes, tongue twisters, and alliteration into the mix, and you'll find spirited entertainment in this picture-book introduction to basic concepts. A joy to read aloud with its well-paced rhythms, this counting book starts off with a series of scenarios that leaves one animal out of luck, because no one wants to share: TWO small sacks of salty snacks. THREE young yaks with black backpacks. TWO yaks put snacks in their packs. ONE mad yak yelps, Where's my snack?' After a seal loses out on a scooter ride, a cow misses a spin on a jet ski, and more injustices, the animals observe how 10 playground slides can accommodate 20 pigs. Recognizing that sharing can be fun, they decide to try it. Placed on crisp white backgrounds, the digitally colored pencil illustrations are full of charm and humor. With a unique method of introducing subtraction, this wholly engaging title will be requested over and over again.--Owen, Maryann Copyright 2014 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-The title of this book, combined with its cover illustration of two impish bears in a giant pair of underwear, hints at such a silly story that readers may be disappointed to find that it is, essentially, a counting book with a sharing theme. Two bears, three yaks, four seals, and so on all hate to share, and there is never enough of whatever they want to go around. Then 20 pigs come on the scene and demonstrate how to share 10 slides by going down two at a time, piggyback style. Gehl's sunny, rhyming text never misses a beat, and Lichtenheld's sprightly, silly pencil-and-digital-color illustrations are a perfect match.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

Share and share alike!Gehl's debut picture-book text is a silly romp of a counting book with a lesson in sharing to boot. Its rhyming text opens with a giggle-inspiring dilemma: "ONE big pair of underwear. / TWO brown bears who hate to share. ONE bear wears the underwear. // ONE bear growls, That isn't fair!' " Ensuing pages display similarly silly conundrums: only two snacks for three yaks, just five pillows and mats for six sleepy cats, and so on. The only thing that these creatures seem to share is a case of the greedies. For every situation, the one who comes up short is less-than-pleased, with the excluded cat, for example, thinking "Rats! Rats! Rats!" as it inflates an air mattress (which has a hole in it). Such comical twists abound in Lichtenheld's illustrations, which more than hold their own against the text's goofy details and seem like they would translate well into animation. Ultimately, a group of 20 pigs amicably share just 10 playground slides, and seeing this, the bears are inspired to share their underwear, as depicted in the cover art. The other animals follow suit, and all's well that ends welleven if the text credits the underwear, rather than the (ironically) generous pigs, for inspiring the feel-good camaraderie at book's end.A picture book to count on for delightful shared reading. (Picture book 3-6) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.