I am always amazed at the way in which some children's books just completely capture a child's imagination as soon as they read them. They may not look that special to an adult as we initially flick through them, but our children just become obsessed with them instantly. That's exactly what happened with Underpants Wonderpants and Little Miss C.
Is it an eagle? Is it a plane?
No – it's Underpants Wonderpants to the rescue again!
Underpants Wonderpants is, quite simply, a superhero dog who comes to the rescue of everyone from homeless mice to a planet under attack from aliens. Accompanied by a duck (no I've no idea why, but still!) he goes about assisting where he can, all with the power of a pair of pants.
LMC just loved this story from the very first time we read it. Soon she was running around the room pretending to be Superpants Wonderpants and saving her cuddly toys from aliens in a space ship. The rhyming text (by Peter Bently) is lovely to read and simple enough the children will soon remember how the story goes and join in. The illustrations by Deborah Melmon are bright and colourful, with lots of small detail to hold children's attention. The subject of underpants is also one which will always amuse children and attract them to a book like his.
Before Underpants Wonderpants, Bently and Melmon also brought us Underpants Thunderpants. Not a book that we have, but one that I have regularly heard people raving about and I think I can now see why. This magical author illustrator pairing just seems to know what makes a children's book magical.
Disclaimer: We are members of the Parragon Book Buddy scheme and were sent a copy of Underpants Wonderpants to review.