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Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  3,481 ratings  ·  225 reviews
Animals should definitely not wear clothing.

...because a snake would lose it, a billy goat would eat it for lunch, and it would always be wet on a walrus! This well-loved book by Judi and Ron Barrett shows the very youngest why animals' clothing is perfect...just as it is.

Paperback, 32 pages
Published December 30th 1988 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published 1970)
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Aug 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
greg brought this up to me last week, and i don't know how i have missed it all these years!! this book has a message i can stand behind.

initially, it goes into the ways that animals in clothing is impractical because of the nature of animals' bodies and the limitations of human clothing to stay on or enhance those animals, but then it ends with the most convincing point: animals in clothing is just plain embarrassing! to them and to us.poor animals, why do people try to steal your dignity by pu
Oct 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was one of my favorite books as a kid. The pictures cracked me up.

As a parent, I still enjoy it. But I don't know how much re-readability it has. If you're not in a position to run around buying a ton of books for your kids, you might want to grab it from the library rather than make it part of your permanent collection.
Nov 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Kirk by: My 6 year old

Some animals shouldn't wear clothing. Some animals, like my dad, only wear rubber boots and boxer shorts to get the mail in December. At least he's wearing something these days . . . he used to live by this book like it was the bible when we were kids.

My first impulse upon reading this book was to throw it into the failing septic tank in the back yard. Fuck any book that tries to tell me what to do, unless it is a book by Tony Robbins. He has hypnotizing teeth and tells you to tap into your inne
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Judi Barrett's books always tickle the funny bone, and this one definitely fits the bill. My grandson is a real animal lover, and he enjoyed the situations each animal got into trying to wear clothing. Recommended for readers in late first early second. ...more
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So frigging cute, I loved all the animals! Can't believe I'd never heard of this timeless classic. ...more
Mar 31, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Years ago I cut up a tattered copy of this picture book and mounted it to 12x12 squares of cardstock. Animals wearing clothes is a silly concept and as such worked well with the story time "silly circus" theme. One of the animals pictured is a giraffe wearing seven neckties, which served as a "tie-in" to this week's craft in which we made funny clown ties using cardstock, stickers, and ribbon.

The craft was inspired by a photograph in an old issue of Sesame Street Magazine. A boy is pictured wear
Shin Gaku
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: open-library
Very cute,very funny and very witty. This a masterpiece. I could not help laughing. Highly recommended.
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
How have I never seen this book? It would make a simple, funny readaloud -- even better if it was available as a big book.
Cheryl Gladfelter
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book that I somehow missed as a kid that now I can't wait to share with the kids in my life. Hilarious! ...more
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Obvi read this as a child and / or my mom read it to me as a child because I am a Jew born in the early eighties and grew up in Ann Arbor, but also I read this to people who came to my zoom havdalah last night because we were talking about what the talmud said about animals wearing clothing. Still love all the illustrations. I love this style because it takes me completely out of time and puts me back to that blessed childhood era.

Also, I love my mom.
This book is golden. Children will laugh and enjoy as much as you probably will.
Emily Kay
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
i agrey animals should not were close i think its reley funny and i like it
Megan Drees
Feb 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Judi Barrett's story is a plot-less story that describes why different animals should not wear clothing. The illustrations, done by Ron Barrett, have an enhancing relationship with the text. The humor of the story is amplified through the illustrations. The illustrations show the animal that corresponds to the accompanying text, on a full-white background. Some animals are done in color, while others are not; however all the clothes are colorful. The illustrator uses crosshatching to show textur ...more
Amy Groesbeck
May 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This was one of my personal favorites growing up. This book would be great for beginning readers because the text is simple and it’s informative as well; it demonstrates unique characteristics of animals. The book guides the reader through hilarious explanations why animals shouldn’t wear clothes. My favorite is, “it might be very embarrassing for an elephant. The picture shows an elephant wearing a floral dress and hat while staring at a woman wearing an identical outfit. It’s a cute and fun re ...more
Shanna Gonzalez
May 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-00-04
This book presents a witty look at what it would be like if animals attempted to wear human clothes. The illustrations and ideas are understandable to young children but humorous enough to entertain older ones. Each page pictures a different animal in an article of clothing that manifestly does not work (one of the funniest is the hen wearing pants, with an egg caught inside). The sense of absurdity in this book will delight and cultivate a wonderful kind of humor.
Lajune Neal
Jul 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: animals, make-believe
This is a funny story. It is a great book for kids to read because it is entertaining and it also introduces rhyming and other early literacy skills to children. This book is good to read when you are spending one on one time with a student, quality time with your own child(ren), and reading to your class.
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A good mentor text for persuasive writing with younger students, and a highly entertaining book. I read it to my 3 1/2 month old nephew. I think his foot kicking was a sign of approval.
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing" by Judi Barrett and illustrated by Ron Barrett was a book merely listing why animals should not wear clothing. My initial impact of the book was that it was short and simple yet very enjoyable to read. The styles of the book were one page had an illustration and the other had a caption, there were no page bleeds which kept the style continuous and plain. There also were no borders which I believe fit the storyline as it was not necessary to have a bo ...more
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing gives reasons why animals should not wear clothes, ranging from camels wearing them in the wrong places to a giraffe looking silly. It ends by noting that the most important reason is that it is embarrassing and shows a picture of an elephant and a woman wearing the same dress

This book is a picture book, and specifically, a picture storybook. It uses illustrations and words to tell the story.

This book contains a lot of rich vocabulary and contains a nu
Edward Sojuwa
Dec 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Writer Judi Barrett and illustrator husband Ron explore the various reasons animals shouldn't wear clothes, despite the fact that it's perfectly cool in imaginary fiction. Obviously porcupines can't wear shirts: they're sharp dressers as is (lol). Camels don't need coats cos the humps are way too big...for even a bra! (Oops! My bad!) Although you actually can have your puppy wear a sweater, so long as he or she don't chew it into threads. And a clotheshorse is so NOT A HORSE IN CLOTHES, DUH! But ...more
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I remember reading this as a child so when I saw it at a consignment sale I couldn't pass it up. Love the mix of well recognized animals (snake, mouse, giraffe, sheep, pig, hen, elephant) with some more uncommon ones (porcupine, camel, kangaroo, billy goat, walrus, moose, opossum).

Love the large font which is so helpful for beginning readers. Has big descriptive words which are good for children to hear to increase their vocabulary. Illustrations are amusing.
Kathryn Bergeron
Summary: Why animals should not wear clothing.

Why I Read This: It was on one of my "best of" lists.

Review: I can't put my finger on why, but I really disliked this book. It might simply be because it's very dependent on the illustrations, and I just didn't like the illustrations. It wasn't objectionable, but I never want to see it again unless I'm weeding it from the collection.
Alicia Evans
Why didn't I realize sooner that I wanted an illustrative look at why animals shouldn't wear clothing?! This book is a wonderful concept and creates giggles for all. I'll definitely read it again.

For: readers wanting some nonsense.

Possible red flags: some readers may not enjoy the nonsense factor.
Greg Guzman
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book because of how it thinks like me. I had these random thoughts throughout the day as a kid. Like what would a porcupine do if it wore clothes? How would that affect his everyday life? Would the quills go through and could they still shoot them? I enjoyed the illustrations as well since they are similar to what I would think up along with those thoughts.
Feb 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Amusing story giving the reasons why animals should not wear clothes. Readers will have to use the pictures for clues to the text provided.
Clever illustrations and humorous text for younger readers.
Moore, Maureen
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humorous
This book is classified as juvenile fiction; targeting ages 2 and up. The story This book humorous selection for discussing proper dress and clothing, animals, cause and affect (perhaps) the story is light-hearted and fun, it offers vocabulary enrichment for emergent readers.
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a brilliant book to get kids thinking creatively. After reading you could come up with a topic and make your own book. Manners: Kids should definitely act...., Mom's should definitely not go...., etc. ...more
Deserae Duran
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is great for young children learning how to read because one, the words are huge and that helps when sounding the bigger words out and two, it such simple vocabulary. This book would also be good for younger kids because they would be able to learn about some different animals.
Trisha Parsons
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: storytime
This is a fun & silly book for Storytime that provides a lot of opportunities for enrichment and dialogic reading. My kids didn't even know what a porcupine was, so the immediately learned something new! ...more
Hahaha!! This book is hilarious and the illustrations are perfect. If you're looking for a humorous read aloud to a group, regardless of age, pick this one up. Lots and lots of realistic reasons that animals should not wear clothing! ...more
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Judi Barrett is the author of many well-loved books for children, including Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Pickles to Pittsburgh, Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing, and Things That Are Most in the World. She teaches art to kindergarten students at a school in her Brooklyn, New York, neighborhood. And she usually doesn't mind going to the dentist!

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