Author: Judi Barrett
Illustrator: Ron Barrett
Publisher: 2002, Weekly Reader (Originally published by Aladdin, S&S, 1970)
Themes: animals, clothing, concept book
Opening: Animals should definitely not wear clothing….
Summary: (from my library catalog) Pictures of animals wearing clothes show why this would be a ridiculous custom for them to adopt. (I doubt this was the original pitch!)
Why I like this book: Simply silly! The concept is clear and easy for young and old to find hilarious. The illustrations have just the right amount of dry humor in them, and I love the design – even the cover is unconventional yet straightforward. A classic that has stood the test of time!
Resources/Activities: what else can we think of that animals should better leave to humans? Why? What if we reversed the thought? Should humans chew grass? Grow fur?
For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.