Publishers Weekly Review
It's bath time, and Yoshitake's tiny protagonist insists that he can undress himself. Bad move: his yellow shirt gets stuck on his head and traps his arms against his ears, leaving him looking like a pudgy buttercup with an exposed belly and feet. Rather than rail against his fate, however, the boy contemplates how his life might unfold with this shirt-trapped state as his new normal: "I was sure lots of important people had been stuck before," he says as Yoshitake pictures him on a dais in front of an adoring crowd, flanked by security guards and important-looking head-of-state types. "So I decided to stay that way forever! It wasn't so bad," the boy says, striking a triumphantly goofy pose on a mountaintop. But second thoughts soon kick in, and the boy's efforts to untangle himself leave him with his pants twisted around his ankles; Mom intercedes at last, making short work of the problem, but a pajama-related wardrobe malfunction isn't far off. With its poker-faced text and effortlessly executed visual jokes, it's the essence of kid comedy-and almost certain to inspire some real-life disrobing shenanigans. Ages 3-7. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Library Journal Review
PreS-K-"I can do it all by myself;" a phrase that every toddler/preschooler utters two to three times per day. Yoshitake perfectly tells the tale of a young child's pursuit for independence as he struggles to get his shirt off. Once our protagonist begins to undress, he quickly gets stuck in the shirt and wonders-what will happen if he is stuck forever? He ponders if "there were others still stuck, too? I bet we would have fun together." Just as he decides that being stuck forever wouldn't be that bad, his mother rescues him and whisks him away to the bath. The problem seems to be solved until he tries to get into his pajamas and he is "stuck again." Cartoon illustrations complement the humorous story line. VERDICT A tale that will be relatable to young children and will make parents laugh as well. Recommended for general purchase for most picture book collections.-Kristen Todd-Wurm, Middle Country Public Library, NY © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.