On a windy day in May, the wind blows the laundry straight from the clothesline and scatters it around the globe, including Charlie's superhero underpants. Charlie is devastated! Those scarlet underwear were his ticket to defending his city, and even had "POW!" written across the front. Charlie can't go on without them, so he packs a bag and takes off on a rescue mission, hoping to find his favorite superhero underpants. He travels through France, Peru, and many other places, stumbling across other items in his family's laundry, but never his underpants. It's not until he's feeling desolate in the mountains of Nepal that he finally finds them, and you'll never guess who's wearing them!
This is such an enjoyable book for young fans of superheroes. It's a great adventure story, the rhymes are upbeat and playful, and the illustrations of animals wearing Charlie's laundry are cute and comical. I loved the element of surprise at the end, when we find out where Charlie's superhero underpants had been while he was searching the globe. This is definitely a recommended read for young boys, but I think girls will find it funny too- after all, what child doesn't enjoy the novelty of reading a story about underpants? It's sure to make them laugh.
Recommended for ages 3 and up!
Bottom Line Rating: 5/5
Title: Charlie's Superhero Underpants
Author: Paul Bright
Illustrator: Lee Wildish
Publisher: Good Books, 2010
Price: $16.99 (I found it on clearance for $0.99!) (Amazon is selling for $6.57)
Source: University Library