It may not be mind-enhancing literature but my boys (3 & 5) love to laugh about underwear and this combination of pants and silly creatures from outer-space is guaranteed to hit the spot. In smooth rhyming text, aliens fly down to earth and steal knickers from washing-lines having some sport along the way.
Each double page is a great big picture and one short verse of text such as: "They like them red, they like the green, or orange like satsumas.
But best of all they love the sight of Granny's spotted bloomers."
The humour is bright and bold (for the 2-5s) with a mention of Mum's pink frilly knickers, aliens wearing pants on their heads and other foolish or funny things.
The illustrations are a perfect accompaniment, also bright and bold, with lots of interesting things to point out - colourful aliens of all shapes and sizes, details such as a UFO "hotpants" bumper sticker, an alien hiding in an underwear drawer and so on. There are also many different designs of pants and knickers on a final double page after the story is concluded, and it's surprising how long my three-year old will spend choosing a colour and pattern for every friend and family member. And he thinks it is very funny to choose daisy pants for his brother and pirate pants for Grandad....
Other than this last page loitering, however, `Aliens Love Underpants' is a simple quick read and one that all preschool children will enjoy. And if you find underwear to be an inspiring topic for your little one, then try Andreae & Sharratt's Pants (and the sequel "More Pants". No, I'm not joking) for the same age group which is less wordy, with strong rhythm and rhyme, varied and inspiring pictures, and it endures the text of time.