Sunday, January 22, 2012

Review: 50 Underwear Questions by Tanya Lloyd Kyi

You are what you wear (underneath)!

Most of us take our underwear for granted, but throughout history our undies have revealed a lot about who we are (king or peasant), how we work (in fields or factories) or the shapes we value (manly calves or tiny waists).

The third book in Annick's 50 Questions series tackles questions such as "What's that smell?" (Medieval Europeans thought bathing made you sick) and "Did boxers arrive in the Nick of time?" (When blue jean model Nick Kamen stepped out of his denims to reveal his boxers, sales of the underwear soared.)

Underwear has played a role in ancient crusades, city sieges and even modern economic predictions. Obviously, it's time to uncover the facts about everything from loincloths and T-shirts to bloomers and lingerie. Young readers will laugh their pants off at the accompanying cartoons and get the bare, but fascinating, facts about the history of our unmentionables.

I'm a trivia buff, so I was definitely excited to read this book.

As the name suggests, 50 Underwear Questions answers 50 underwear questions. The books are divided by time period, starting with ancient times up to the present. I learned quite a few new things thanks to the book. For example, the word "jocks" came from the term "jock strap".

The topic can be a little bit boring for kids and those with short attention spans (like me), that's why it's great that there are activities, like how-tos, jokes and discussion questions, which help to break the monotony. The illustrations and bright colors are the book's strong points, as it matches the playful tone which the author uses.

Thanks to NetGalley and Annick Press for providing me with an e-copy.

  1. Funny illustrations and bright colors.
  2. Creative layout and elements.
  3. Witty quips.
  1. The topic can get boring sometimes.
It can't be bath time yet. It's only March!
  1. You like trivia.
  2. You enjoy learning new things but don't want to read a boring encyclopedia.
  3. You want to learn about the evolution of underwear.



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