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Author: Claire Freedman / Format: Other book format / Date of publication: 06 August 2009 / Genre: Picture Storybooks / Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd / Title: Aliens Love Underpants! / ISBN 13: 9781847385901 / ISBN 10: 1847385901 / Alternative EAN: 9781416917052

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      13.03.2014 13:26
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      Aliens Love Underpants

      My daughter started reception in September and has really been enjoying her time at school, she has the most amazing teacher who seems to have an incredible gift for inspiring the children in her class. I am not currently working, so I often help out in my daughters class and have had the pleasure of taking part in the various tasks and activities the teacher sets. The teacher is particularly passionate about instilling a love of reading in the children, the children often visit the local libraries and my daughter often comes home from school with various books she has borrowed. There is one particular book that seems to have captured all the children's imaginations in her reception class, the wonderful "Aliens Love Underpants" by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort. My daughter enjoys this book so much I couldn't resist buying her a copy.

      Aliens Love Underpants was first published in 2007, it was a Richard and Judy's children's book winner. It has an age recommendation of 5+, which seems to be the age at which children begin finding words like underpants and bottom hysterically funny, that being said I am sure younger children would enjoy the story too. My eldest daughter is ten and says the book is stupid and babyish, so I think its more suitable for younger children.

      The books cover is very bright and eye-catching, I certainly think it would capture the attention of all young children. "Aliens Love Underpants" is written in shiny silver writing at the top, underneath which three aliens frolic wearing nothing but their underpants! The aliens look very friendly, happy and above all silly, I cannot imagine any child being frightened of them.

      My daughters teacher has encouraged the children in her class to read the information on the back of the book, so now my daughter always insists on me reading the "blurb" before anything else. To be fair, the blurb for this book is pretty good, it sets the tone well and gives a good idea of what the book will be about.

      "When aliens fly down to Earth,
      They don't come to meet YOU...
      They simply want your underpants -
      I'll bet you never knew"

      On the first two pages there is a double page illustration of various underpants on a dark blue background, these are underpants of different colours and styles - frilly pink knickers, pirate pants, stripy Y front and not forgetting Grannies spotted bloomers! Its a lovely bright engaging page, and there is plenty of things to talk about within it, we can count how many pants there are and discuss the various shapes, styles and colours. My daughter likes to choose a pair of knickers from the page before reading the story, she often points at different pairs and tells me of a class mate who chose that particular pair on any given day.

      The actual story is a rather simple one and involves a group of cheeky aliens flying down to Earth and generally getting up to mischief stealing underpants from washing lines. They arent fussy, they love all types of underpants, oh and what fun they have with them too. They like to wear them of course, but on silly places like their heads and feet. They use them as trampolines for jumping on and hold competitions to see how many aliens can squeeze inside each leg. When Mum comes out to bring the washing in, they flee and hide but occasionally one is left behind. We are told to always check our underpants before putting them on, incase an alien is inside!

      The story is set over 24 pages all of which are displayed across double page spreads. Each double page spread had four lines of rhyming text, it is really easy to read and it flows nicely. Its actually quite a nice one to read. The illustrations are very bright and fun, there is plenty to talk about on each page.

      By far the children's favourite part of the book is where one of the aliens tries on a pair of Grannies spotted bloomers, I imagine not many had heard or seen bloomers before. The class teacher actually brought in a pair of massive bloomers and we had our own contest to see how many of the children could fit inside, which was great fun. We also made a beautiful classroom display, featuring a myriad of different knickers and underpants which the children had drawn all hung on a washing line with mini wooden pegs. One morning when we arrived at school all the underpants were missing, the aliens had left a letter saying they had dropped them all in the school hall and the children had great fun searching for them.

      Clearly this is an extremely silly book, it is incredibly funny and a little on the bazaar side too. I have been present whilst the teacher has read this to the reception class and its fair to say the children find it hysterical, and I mean side - splittingly funny, they literally roll around on the carpet laughing. The boys seem to get the most out of it, perhaps this is due to the fact that the word "underpants" is used instead of knickers, still getting some boys enjoying books can be a tricky task and this one hits the nail on the head. Plus, the girls do enjoy it too, my daughter laughs along in class but seems to engage more with the story when I read it to her at bedtime, though she is a rather quiet reserved child in class - quite the opposite to what she's like at home!

      The children in my daughters reception class absolutely love Aliens Love Underpants and it gets a great reaction each time it has been brought out, plus the activities we have done alongside it have been really fun. My daughter enjoys this book equally as much at home and it is one she chooses often for her bedtime story. This is a truly wonderful book and one which I would whole hearted recommend - if you have a child between 4-8 it should be on their book shelf.

      Aliens Love Underpants can be purchased from most book shops and online. Amazon are currently selling the paperback for £3.50, board book £4.49 and on Kindle for £2.99. There are also many second hand copies available from private sellers on Amazon.

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        18.05.2013 13:43
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        Very funny, rhyming book that will entertain the whole family.

        We came across this book when my eldest boy was bought it as a gift years ago. It's now in the hands of my youngest boy. They've both enjoyed and had many laughs at this fun, rhyming story.

        **The Book**

        Aliens Love Underpants is written by Claire Freedman and illustrated by Ben Cort. It's illustrated in a bright and bold way, with lots of different coloured and patterned underpants along the way. The aliens are made to look friendly and funny so there's no night time upsets.

        The book is written in rhyme and has a great rhythm to it. It's very funny, explaining the tale of how there are no pants in space, the aliens want to come to earth to find some to play in. They get up to all sorts, playing in pants on the washing line, turning them into slides, in draws. It's written in a brilliant humorous way which is sure to have laughs from your child and you! Even our in-laws who are absolutely lovely but don't really find any amusement in toilet humor were laughing as they read this to our boys.

        Perfect for children from 2-6, as soon as my second boy started potty training he found it very funny. He could relate it to his big boy pants.


        **Availability**

        Seen in Waterstones, WH Smiths also on-line on Amazon. It was published in 2007 so it's been around a while now. RRP £5.99, currently on Amazon for £3.50.


        **Summary**

        It's a very entertaining book, it's one that gets requested again and again. Even my eight year old still laughs at it, so it's certainly been great value for money. We've had quite a few books in the past that have only appealed for a year or so, this is one that has lasted a long time in our book collection.

        I've since bought copies as a present for friends children, the feed back from them and their parents has been very positive too.

        I can't rate highly enough, it's a stroke of brilliance from the author. Highly recommended, 5 stars all round from me!

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          24.04.2013 13:54
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          Great read for young children

          It took my son some time to get into books and the whole idea of story telling. I tried when he was a baby to read him stories, and he was more interested in shutting the book rather than opening it. So I realised he just wasnt that interested at the time, he was only young, but kept trying every once and a while to read to him, let him play and look in books so he got used to them. It worked, and roll forward nearly 3 years later this young man ( and his baby sister ) love having a story read to them every night.

          I discovered this book by accident really.My son kept coming home from nursery and babbling on about his orange underpants and how the aliens were trying to take them off him.My natural response? ' That sounds lovely son! ' I just assumed it was his overally active imagination kicking in once again. Then one morning as I dropped him off, he decided to show me his ' orange underpants' that was on the wall. I finally twigged on to the fact that the children had been reading a story called ' Aliens Love Underpants ', and had drawn their own underpants and they were hung on the wall. I spoke to one of the teachers who explained that they had been reading this story for the whole week, and the children loved it! It did make me laugh when I looked at the display on the wall, and decided I had to buy this book to read, probably more for myself......

          I bought this book from Amazon for just short of £5.00 ( for the paperback ).Its currently £3.46 plus free delivery.



          What is this story about?

          This is a story about how much aliens love underpants....literally!How excited they are at the thought and sight of them, and they travel to earth in their spaceship( to be a little naughty ) and take the underpants from the people of Earth!They love all underpants, all colours and shapes. And we have no idea that these cheeky creatures are making off with them because they are so sneaky and fast. Mummys in the world beware and be careful not to leave your washing out for too long,or the aliens might be taking it!



          Whats so great about this story?

          Firstly, the story itself is simple but unique. Its nice to read about something that isnt the typical fairytale, cute and fluffy animals or robots. It connects something mundane and ordinary, underpants, with something imaginative such as aliens. Add the two together along with the amazing pictures and this will make you and your children have at least a smile on your face.

          The cover has three aliens on the front, large and colourful.Theres such a sense of fun and craziness about them. its immediately eye catching before you even open the book. The fact that they are dressed in huge underpants tells you what the story is about.And if that doesnt help, the big whopping title in silver holographic print ' Aliens Love Underpants ' surely is the giveaway.

          Going back to the pictures, the colours are all vibrant and stand out. Not too bright so it distracts you from the story telling, but enough to catch your eye. I find the way the characters are drawn not baby like at all, quite abit of detail is placed in the appearance of the aliens, the spaceships etc. But at the same time not too grown up were its taking itself too seriously. Each page perfectly expresses the story and the words through the pictures. Even if there were no words you would have a pretty good idea on what was going on.

          The thing thats great about how the story is worded is its simple. No major words that as an example my 3 year old wouldnt understand. But at the same time the language for me is concise, a good mix of small and big words which will help children with their vocabulary. The story and how its worded means that when you read the story to your children, you can be very expressive and really get into role play.



          Would I buy this book again?

          I truly would. My son has heard it that many times he can repeat the story back to you word for word.He still loves it to this day and so does his sister. He even checks to make sure theres nothing lurking around in his underpants befor ehe puts them on!

          I dont feel this story has any form of age limit to it.So regardless of how young or old the child ( or adult might be! ) its a fantastic, fun read that will spark the dullest imagination to blast off!

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            08.06.2011 08:17
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            A fab book for children

            My son often receives books as gifts from both myself and other family members and this was how he came to own aliens love underpants.

            The book is written by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort and was first published in Great Britain in 2007 by Simon and Schuster UK Ltd. The book actually won the Richard and Judy children's book prize for the age five plus early reader category too.

            The front cover of this paperback book shows three different coloured and different looking aliens all of whom are wearing underpants-one even has a pair of stripy ones on his head which my son finds amusing. The cover is bright and inviting with the title in a shiny reflective silver colour which just makes the book seem appealing from the onset.

            The story tells us a little known secret that actually aliens just love underpants! Sadly there are no underpants in outer space and so when aliens visit earth they aren't actually looking to see us but to see and pinch some undies! Flying down in their space ships the aliens love to find a washing line filled with underwear so that they can put them on, hide inside them and even see how many aliens can fit inside a pair! The story finishes by telling us that when our underwear goes missing off the line it is the aliens that have taken them and that before you put your underpants on in the morning you are best checking them to make sure there are no aliens left hidden inside!

            This is a really fun story to read with your child as it is just so silly that they are bound to find it amusing. The book features a four line paragraph on each double page spread and lines two and four rhymes which makes the text flow off the tongue easily and I think it makes the story sound fun as there is a rhythm as you are reading.

            The illustrations in this book are fantastic. They are really bright and colourful which instantly grabs your attention but they are also really amusing too and so you see things such as an alien reading "pants world" magazine in his space ship or an alien stuck in the leg of some old fashioned bloomers! My son really enjoys the illustrations in this book and will point funny things out as we go along.

            The illustrations are certainly the main focus of the book with them completely covering each page and the text is just set in to them. What is nice is that the aliens in the book are all different shapes, sizes and colours and are always happy and smiling and so this just makes it pleasant to look at.

            I would certainly recommend this book to parents of children aged around four to seven years old as I think children this age will really enjoy it. The book has a recommended retail price of £5.99 but you can purchase it from amazon for £3.69 where it comes with super saver delivery and is well worth the price.

            Thank you for reading my review!

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              07.06.2011 09:52
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              A good read, that you won't mind reading again and again.

              Aliens love Underpants is a picture book about aliens and underpants. In fact, it is so popular, it has a whole series of books, but the one I'm reviewing is the first. My daughter is two, and my niece is nearly six, both of them love this book. In fact, it's one of the few that my twelve year old son is happy to read over and over.

              The language is simple, fun and rhyming, so it's easy to read for a child, and it gets a nice rhythm for adults. The pictures are bright, bold and interesting, so there's something to look at on every page. The idea is simply genius. Aliens love pants, but they don't have any themselves, so they have to come down to earth to get a play. They get up to a lot of antics with the pants, using the elastic as catapults, seeing how many aliens will fit in each leg, having races with pants on their heads and similar, until mum comes out (with the cat) and chases them away... with mixed success.

              My daughter particularly enjoyed the cat, but it's not actually a major plot point. I think she likes picking out minor things which I might have missed and showing me, so it's really good that she can do that.

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                05.07.2010 22:25
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                Aliens Love Underpants by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort is one of a series of books that are about aliens and underpants. It is Richard and Judy Children's Books Winner.

                Our version of Aliens Love Underpants is a board book, with twenty four pages, not the thirty two that are in the paper back edition. The board book is especially good for my eighteen month old son who is into ripping everything he can get his hands on, so I can happily leave this one lying around for him to look through, which he loves to do, without ripping it at the end, which he also loves to do!

                The pictures are in cartoon form and only feature what's talked about in the text. They aren't the particularly bright or bold. The main things depicted throughout the story are aliens and underpants or knickers.

                The text is in poem form with a four line verse on each page, it doesn't follow a story but rather each verse focuses on what the aliens do with the underpants, this makes it very easy to miss out pages when you are very short of time but still want to read to your children. The poem rhymes and seems to flow very naturally.

                Aliens Love Underpants is a nonsensical poetry book probably best for six or seven year old boys that laugh at trumps and think that the word bum is hilarious. My boys aren't up to that stage yet and as a result they don't ask for this very often. But when they are I expect that they'll love it and giggle all the way through it. My son got it in a presentation box with a cuddle alien from the book, so it would be a good present to buy for a five, six or seven year old boy.

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                  27.06.2010 20:05
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                  a story to be enjoyed by all!

                  'Aliens love underpants, in every shape and size, But there are no underpants in space, so here's a big surprise..."

                  This is fast becoming one of my favourite stories to read to children. It is a funny, imaginitive and creative story that keeps both me and the children amused!

                  It is about aliens who come down to earth to steal your underpants! It doesn't matter whose underpants they are, grannys, daddys, anyones! And it doesn't matter what they look like, the aliens still want them!
                  They have to race off in their spaceships so noone knows theyve been, and it tells you to check inside your pants to make sure no aliens are lurking around! It rhymes a lot which the children enjoy and is very funny. The illustrations are bright and colourful, making it hard to turn the page because the children enjoy looking at the detail in the pictures!

                  I even tried using the story to get a child to go on to the toilet before the aliens came down and took his underpants! (It didn't quite work but at least he found it funny!)

                  It is a great storybook for children (and adults) that they will thoroughly enjoy!

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                    24.03.2010 10:21
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                    All in review, make your own mind up although I would highly recommend

                    Every week my 4 year old daughter comes home with a new book from school to read. This week she choose Aliens Love Underpants. Every night just as she is going to bed, her and her 2 year old sister enjoys a bed time story and seen as the two of them and myself enjoyed reading this book I thought I would share a bit of information about this book with you.




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                    About The Book
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                    The book is about aliens that love underpants but unfortunately they cant find any on their planet. Every time someone hangs up their pants out the washing lines it shows up on the aliens spaceship radar, so the travel to earth to see the colours, size, shapes of the underpants, and of course to steal them. They have all sorts of fun with the pants while they are on earth which I'm not wanting to spoil for you so I suggest that you read the book to find out.




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                    The text of the book is great for children who are starting to read for themselves or even that night time story book that Mothers and Fathers wish it's going to be a quick but enjoyable one. There are about 2 sentences of text on each page, so you'll see children picking up the words quite easily, which is great as they start to recognise words is you follow them with your finger while you are reading to them. I also think that it is mainly a good book as the words in Aliens Love Underpants rhythms, just fantastic and really grabs the child's attention (and also the adults, ok ok I cant help it I am a child at heart).




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                    The illustrations in book are great, they are very bright which makes it fun to look at. Ben Cort is the illustrator and I think it is his work that makes the book. The aliens all look like they are having fun and a bit of a wild time (which is like myself most of the time). The book is obviously aimed at young children and I think the way the book has been illustrated is just great, I mean children aren't always going to have a parent or grown up around to read to them but they way the book is presented the child will be able to read you "their versions" of the book just buy looking at the pictures, which I feel is a great thing and also helps with their development of learning and also listening to their imagination getting away from themselves some times is just a good one on one time with your child.




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                    Ok so most people want to know about the plot in a book, well its quite simple with this one to be honest its all in the title. "Aliens Love Underpants." The story revolves around the aliens having with our pants that seem to go missing when we hang them up outside to dry. Both my 4 year old and 2 year old really enjoyed the book, and because I could see that they were enjoying it so much it made me enjoy it too seeing them happy and appreciating something which they liked. I would defiantly recommend that you give this book ago if you have a young child, either that or for myself who is like me finds the childish things funny. I would rate the book full marks of 5 out of 5.


                    Aliens Love Underpants is available in paperback only and this costs around £3 from most book shops.

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                      12.02.2010 13:35
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                      aliens come to earth to steal our pants

                      Aliens love underpants is a book written by Claire Freedman and is 32 pages long in paperback and was published in 2007. It has since been voted top of Richard and Judy's Early 5+ book category.

                      It is a lovely book written in rhyme with very colourful and funny illustrations by Ben Cort. It is about Aliens who do not have underpants in space and so they come down to earth to find some and they love all sorts of pants in any shape or size. They will use their spaceship radar to find some lovely pants hanging on the line all frilly and colourful, and you thought they were coming down to see you! We see them having fun with all the pants they love so much. At the end it tells you to check your own underpants to make sure there isn't an alien hiding in there.

                      Without even looking inside the book we can see from the cover how silly these aliens are with pants on their head as well as their bottom. It immediately pulled my son towards it in the library.

                      What I love about this book is that is very funny for my children to read and they absolutely love looking at the silly aliens in the underpants. The rhyming verse is very easy for them to read and the pictures are very amusing and interesting. Both my young children giggle their way through the pages at the words and the hilarious pictures of aliens in their funny bloomers and y-fronts! It is just the sort of silly humour that kids love so it is bound to be a winner. Each double page has one verse on it so the children don't get bored with me reading and then waiting to see the next picture overleaf and boy are there many things for the children to look at.

                      Overall this is a great hit with my kids, they really laugh at the silly aliens and to be honest what kid is not going to laugh at a story about underpants? If your child is scared of aliens though I wouldn't advise this book as they will be constantly checking their pants draw!

                      It is currently on Amazon for £3.82 (although we borrowed it from the library)

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                        Highly Recommended for 3-5 yrs

                        My four year old son was given this book by Claire Freedman (and illustrated by Ben Cort) for his birthday and it has become a firm favorite in our house. It's a funny and delightful story of aliens, which lacking their own underpants visit earth to pinch some of ours. The Illustrations are bold and bright and have a great deal of detail. The aliens are colourful and come in all shapes and sizes. Ben Cort has done an excellent job in making the story come alive. The writing is in large font and there is an easy rhymthic pattern to the words which children will find easy to follow and a good opportunity to introduce and reinforce rhyme to children aged between 3 and 5 years. It's refers to colour all the way through and would help reinforce any learning in this area. This is an award winning book - it was the Winner of the Richard and Judy 5+ children's book group and is well worth the money (£3.68 on amazon)

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                        I recently started a 'story sacks' creative course through my daughters school . The idea is that you select a book you think your child will enjoy, and then create puppets, games and other things to go along with the book and assist you in telling the story .

                        I was a little bit stuck for which book to choose - my daughters book collection is, perhaps unusually for a siz year old, mostly non-fiction, or stories shes had since she was two which are absurdly short. So, I went scouting for a book that would be fun for her to read, and for me to work with . The book I chose was Aliens Love Underpants , with words by Claire Freedman and illustrations by Ben Cort .

                        Now, I know you should never judge a book by it's cover - but the cover did completely charm me - a clear night sky with twinkling stars, and a trio of aliens, all different shapes and sizes, prancing abour wearing assorted undewear - Y-fronts, granny bloomers - and not just on their bums! My daughter is at that age where willies, bums, and pants are funny, so this is definitely a good book for her .

                        Aliens Love Underpants is written in shiny silver letterrs, with a sort of twinkly effect in them, and a small cirle in the top left of the cover tells me that this is a Richard and Judy Childrens Book Winner , and that this is for early readers, age 5 + .

                        Opening it up, there is a double page covered in various pants - frilly knickers, bloomers, boxers and Y- fronts . This is very bright and colourful, and very visually appealling- my daughter was pointing at them telling me if the pants were for a man and a woman, and even commented that one paid was like my pants!

                        Then we get to the inner title page, with the left page having a couple of dedications and all the publisher information, and the right hand page reinforcing the title of the book, and showing a happy, spotty, four-armed green alien with pigtails yanking up a pair of yellow Y-fronts .

                        Then we get to the story itself . Written in poem form, with four lines to each double page, it's very easy to read, without being dumbed down to overly simple words The poem flows nicely, and has simple rhythm that makes it actually pretty easy to remember verses. I think within a few more reads, my daughter will have it memorised.

                        An example of a verse :

                        They like them red, they like them green,
                        Or orange like satsumas.
                        But best of all they like the sight
                        Of grannys spotted bloomers

                        With each verse being on a seperate double page spread,that leaves lots of room for illustrations - which throughout the book are bright, colourful, and varied. I like the fact that no two aliens look the same, and that they vary greatly in size, shape, colour, and the number of limbs and eyes they have. There's even a baby alien in a pram and an alien pet dog .

                        There are lots of subtle little touches in each illustration which make for great 'can you find this...' games with my daughter, such as magazines with pictures of pants on them, or collosal monuments to pants featuring washing instructions .

                        My daughter loves this book now - and I have to admit, I really do too . Its colourful and bright, with amusing illustrations and a simple repetitive rhythm that makes the words easy to memorise . The story itself is delightfully simple and lightly humerous, and I have to give this 5 stars overall .

                        It is available from Amazon.co.uk for just 2.99, significantly cheaper than the 5.99 cover price .

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                          28.05.2009 16:43
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                          A nice book but not one I would buy

                          Aliens Love Underpants is a children's book with a bizarre premise, just like most children's books! This one tells the story of aliens who love all shapes and sizes of underpants. Because there are apparantly no underpants in space, the aliens come down to Earth to play with ours!

                          The book is a large paperback with a glossy cover. It is attractive but due to the thin-ish pages I am not sure how long it will last with sticky little hands, unlike the thicker board books that you can get. The illustrations are very bright and amusing and should appeal to kids.

                          The text of the book rhymes, which is always a good way to get children to enjoy a story and to learn to say the words with you. The book uses reasonably simple words so it shouldn't be tricky for younger children to understand. The book can be read through quite quickly though so it won't entertain your children for long, though you can always read it twice!

                          I think the story will appeal to most children under the age of 5, as kids, particularly boys, always seem to enjoy toilet humour and anything involving pants! However if your child has a fear of aliens (some do!) then I would be tempted to avoid it as although the aliens are all fun and friendly, the end of the book does instruct children to be careful when putting on underwear as there may be aliens inside it!

                          The cover price for this book is a very high £5.99, but you can buy the book for £3.99 at Amazon.co.uk. However I would probably be tempted to borrow it from the library or look for a cheap copy at a car boot sale or charity shop instead, as I don't think it's worth that much.

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                            30.03.2009 22:40
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                            A lovely book that is recommended for all ages

                            Aliens Love Underpants is a beautifully written and illustrated award winning book by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort.

                            Published in 2007, it was featured on Richard and Judy and was a winner in the childrens book 5+ catagory.

                            You can easily see why this book is a winner. It is a hilarious read and the pictures are perfectly anchored to the story. The entire story rhymes and each page goes along the lines of...

                            'They like them red, they like them green,
                            Or orange like satsumas.
                            But best of all they love the sight,
                            Of Granny's spotted bloomers.'

                            All 12 pages are set out in this way, with a four line rhyming stanza.

                            The story tells us of how there are no underpants in space so the aliens must come to earth to indulge in their guilty pleasures.

                            They lie in wait until Mum has put the washing out, then swing and slide from the pants, having a great time until she is ready to come back. They the hurry away before anyone sees, unfortunately this time, the tiniest alien gets trapped in the pants and ends up in the washing basket.

                            The moral of the story is revealed on the last page....
                            So when you put your pants on,
                            Freshly washed and nice and clean,
                            just check in case and alien,
                            Still lurks inside, unseen!

                            The front and back inside covers are covered in pictures of differently shaped and coloured pants so before we even start the story my son makes us look through them all and decide what our favourite pairs are.

                            The book is priced at £5.99 and is available from mosat bookstores. Our copy was purchased in Tescos.

                            The story won the 5+ prize but I think that it is suitable for any age up to this as the pictures will amuse any child and young children will love the 'sing song' rhyming style of the story.

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                              20.08.2008 13:57
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                              A good children's book

                              Aliens Love Underpants is a lovely and silly children's tale from author Claire Freedman and illustrated by Ben Cort. It has won the Richard and Judy's Children's Books Award for the 5+ category, and although our son is 4, he loves this book, mainly because the aliens make him laugh!

                              The book tells of the real reason for aliens coming to earth, which is that they love the variety of underpants we have, from granny's frilly bloomers to mum's pink knickers! They try them on and play with them and get chased by the dog, and when mum comes out to get the washing in, they scarper quickly before they're seen. It ends by telling kids to check their underpants for aliens in case they're lurking in them!

                              It's a very well written story, presented in rhyme. It reads easily and doesn't try to do anything tricky. What I like about it is that it makes light of a potentially scary subject for kids - aliens. The illustration by Ben Cort are fun and colourful, and the alien drawings are imaginative and cheeky. The aliens themselves look like kids, and the colours used are very vibrant. The book stood out on the shelf when we bought it, and a quick look inside cemented our decision to get it for William, our son. He loves this book, although it's probably not the best book to read at bedtime. It makes him laugh as opposed to being a calming story. It's good to read when he comes home from pre-school or if he's bored of playing or needs to sit down for a bit, plus it's entertaining from an adult's point of view and easy to read.

                              At 24 pages and more illustrations than words, it's an ideal length and a good one to get your child. It won an award for the 5+ category, but I find it just as fun for William at the age of 4. The book is available from Marks & Spencer from £5, although it normally retails at £5.99, which is about standard for a children's book these days.

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                                14.06.2008 16:19
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                                Everyone I know has laughed and smiled at Aliens Love Underpants.

                                Aliens Love Underpants is a strange one. I bought it a month or so back for my 5 year old niece and everyone loves it, including my own 12 month old granddaughter who giggles at the pictures and likes the rhythm of the poems.

                                The story is basically that there are no underpants in space and because aliens have such a fascination with this garment they travel all the way to earth just to play with and steal our pants! What makes Aliens Love Underpants so interesting though is the fact that this book is written in a lovely rhyming way that instantly captured my nieces attention and I eventually caught my nine year old granddaughter flicking through it and saying the rhymes aloud - although she'd never admit to finding a book like this funny!

                                The illustrations in Aliens Love Underpants are fantastic, they are very bright and fun to look at. Ben Cort is the illustrator and I think it is his work that makes the book. The aliens all look friendly and fun to know, watching them play with the underpants and put on huge Y-fronts is very comical and I enjoyed looking at the pictures in this book. Because Aliens Love Underpants is aimed at young children I think it's very important that the pictures are enough to hold their attention because there isn't always going to be an adult around to help them read the words, and these illustrations definitely do that because the aliens look like they are having so much fun with all the pants on Earth that I couldn't help but smile as I flicked through the pages.

                                The text of the book is great too and perfect for the age range this book is meant for. Younger children may struggle, but as there is only a line or two of text on each page you'll see children picking up the words as time goes by and after you've read the book to them a few times they'll be able to say aloud their favourite parts of the book - whether it's learned parrot fashion or not, this is still a definite milestone in any childs education. I think the fact that the words are in rhyme form helps struggling readers too because they author has used a brilliant rhythm in Aliens Love Underpants and children can bounce along to the words and even sing them for a more song-like story.

                                There is no actual plot in this book, other than the aliens coming to earth and stealing all our pants, so I think the age range that this story will appeal to is slightly limited. The story revolves around the fun the aliens are having with our pants and this is brilliant for little kids around the 5 year mark, but any older and children will probably want more action and plot line to a story. My neice loves this book and laughs her socks off everytime we get it out, my older granddaughter has read the book once and even though she enjoyed it I don't think she'd want to re-read it, I found it hillarious in an adult-laughing-at-rubbish way and my son in law didn't see the attraction of a book about pants so he refused to even glance inside the cover!

                                Aliens Love Underpants is available in paperback only and this costs under £3 from most book shops. Definitely a bargain if you have a child from the age of 3 to 6 because they will absolutely adore this book.


                                This review has also been posted on mumsnet under my same username.

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