50 Underwear Questions

50 Underwear Questions

A Bare-all History

Book - 2011
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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.
Publisher: Toronto : Annick Press, c2011
ISBN: 9781554513529
Branch Call Number: K
Characteristics: 116 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), 2 col. ports. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Kinnaird, Ross
Alternative Title: Fifty underwear questions


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Oct 15, 2017

This book has a lot of great and interesting information about the history of underwear.
The text gives very detailed descriptions about the undergarments, how they were made and how they came about. If it was text only I would have given it a full five star rating.
The illustrations are very cute and funny; but they do a poor job of supporting the text. Detailed pictures of what the text describes would have been better than the cute cartoons.
Some of the pictures do this to some extent; but for the most part add almost no understanding to the descriptions in the text.
The big disappointment are the 50 questions which I had assumed would be logical questions people might actually ask; like "What kind of underwear did George Washington wear into battle"?
Here are a sample of some of the questions: #8 What's that smell? #10 Squire, where are my skivvies? #16 Can I cinch it any tighter? #22 Why the bother about bloomers?
You and the kids can learn a lot from it about the history of clothing and have some fun doing it. I reccomend it highly.

Apr 04, 2013

a funny book and had very weird question. if you like entertainment, this is your book.

Apr 03, 2013

i don't really get the topic.

Entertaining and interesting. Very quick lighthearted read. I had just planned to skim and ended up reading it all. Part of a 50 questions series. Great for trivia buffs or anyone who likes funny non-fiction.

Apr 02, 2013

I really think this book was super funny but i am not the person who reads funny books if you like comedy and interesting facts this is a great book for you

Mar 02, 2013

This book tells all about the history of underwear. It is funny and in some cases odd. If you like disgusting and funny books read this one.

Feb 27, 2013

This book was soooooo funny and interesting because I didn't know anything about underwear and it was fun to learn about it!

Feb 19, 2013

good and funny

Feb 19, 2013

Before I read the book Shannen and the Dream for a School I knew that Shannen and her friends needed a new school

Feb 14, 2013

Very interesting facts about underwear. I liked the pictures... :D The book tells you about underwear that were famous and then the bubble burst and nobody liked it anymore. Rating: 7 out of 10.

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