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Something's Wrong!: A Bear, a Hare, and Some Underwear

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  85 ratings  ·  28 reviews
A hilarious picture book from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jory John, paired with new illustrator Erin Kraan, about a bear whose friends help him make it through a bad day!

Jeff the bear has definitely forgotten something. He ate his breakfast, he watered his plant, he combed his fur...what could it be? Why does he feel so oddly off? So he asks his friend Anders the
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 23rd 2021 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)
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Jasmine from How Useful It Is
This book was so cute! Definitely relatable! One time I went shopping and wore a dress inside out and nobody said a word to me! I only noticed it when I got home. How humiliating! I always tell people that they have food or lipstick stuck to their teeth. They felt embarrassed and thanked me. So this book, the bear was sweating trying to remember something that he forgot. I loved the part where his trusted friend came to the rescue and made other animals feel like they were the weird ones. The en ...more
Gabrielle Stoller
Apr 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
"Good friends are like good underwear, Jeff. They're reliable and they're supportive."

What kid doesn't like a book about underwear! Especially a bear who doesn't realize he is walking through the forest with underwear on. Yes, there is too much text (similar to Jory John's other books, namely Giraffe Problems and Penguin Problems) but I think some of it is skimmable. I want to see kiddos howl in laughter about UNDERWEAR
This is a delightfully funny and clever book that simply begs to be read out loud! When you present the cover, the most obvious questions is - What do you think is wrong? Jeff the bear has a checklist of things to be done and - he thinks he has done everything but... something just doesn't seem to be quite right. What could it be? He meanders and strolls through the woods, interacting with a variety of animals trying to figure out what it is that is wrong - and there must be SOMETHING wrong base ...more
Mar 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
This book is very silly! We were laughing as we read it. It also teaches a wonderful story of friendship.
Apr 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“Good friends are like good underwear, Jeff. They’re reliable and they’re supportive.”

Jeff feels that something is wrong when he leaves his house, but he just can’t figure it out. But he’s so uncomfortable, that when he meets anyone else in the woods he prattles without giving them a chance to ask why he’s wearing underwear (which is, of course, what’s wrong.) Finally, he goes to his best friend, Anders, who deliberates on whether he should point out that Jeff is wearing underwear. But in the en
Loved it!

May require some reading stamina for younger kids, but older children will get a big kick out of this one. A great tale to talk about anxiety, friendship, making a mistake, and going along with the crowd PLUS it's funny-funny! Younger kids will pick up on the emotional illustrations while you read the longer text.

This is a winner!
Mar 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
Something’s Wrong! introduces readers to Jeff the bear, who is a bit absent minded. He heads out to his community to greet his friends but has the feeling that something is not quite right. You see, he’s wearing a gift from his granny, a pair of white underwear. Jeff's friends repeatedly ask each other why Jeff is wearing underwear, while Jeff himself nervously tries to figure out why everyone is staring at him.

Jeff the bear meets up with his good friend Anders who happens to be very kind. Ander
Apr 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Very cute! I usually enjoy Jory John's books and this is no exception. It's a cute story of friendship. Plus it's just so silly! Kids will absolutely love the whole underwear thing as, in my experience with young kids, nothing is as funny as underwear.
The only thing I didn't like was how text heavy it is due to Jeff (the bear) rambling every time he sees a new animal. It could make for a lonnnnnng read aloud.
Renee Brown
Although a character is overly talkative to indicate nervous behavior, the text level on the page is heavy for a picture book - and may make the story bog down for young readers. Would require animated reader for storytime use.
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Read aloud to me by my daughter, this one had me cracking up. Disclaimer: My daughter used a hilarious voice so that may have swayed me. But since picture books are meant to be read aloud, please use a fun voice when reading the bear and the hare's lines.
That is all.
Richie Partington
Mar 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
Richie’s Picks: SOMETHING’S WRONG! by Jory John and Erin Kraan, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, March 2021, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-374-31388-1

“Well I see you got your
Brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat
Yes I see you got your
Brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat
Well, you must tell me baby how your
Head feels under somethin’ like that
Under your brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat”
-- Bob Dylan (1967)

Are you old enough to remember Nehru jackets? How about:

Miniskirts. Bell bottoms. Crop tops.
Fringe. Bullet bras. Br
Michele Knott
The picture book you need for 2021, because we all need a really good laugh!
Mar 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
Why is that bear wearing underwear?
Your real friends will tell you what's up when you feel like something just isn't right but you can't put your finger on what it is.
Another excellent story by Jory John. Hilarious with a nice lesson.
Mar 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebook
This is a fun book to read! Can't wait to read it with my niece and nephews. ...more
Mar 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
As you can see, I’m starting to get the baby’s library ready! What is a book you recommend I need to have for our little boy? Something’s Wrong was just the cutest little book and shows us just how important a loyal friend can really be! The pictures are hilarious, and I laughed out loud! Highly recommend this one for your little ones!
Mar 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! Everyone read this
Emilee (emileereadsbooks)
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Macmillan Children's Publishing Group for the electronic ARC.

Jeff the bear is going about his day, and something feels very off... But it's not until his friend Anders tells him that he realizes that he is wearing underwear! Anders helps Jeff save face and remain confident in the midst of an awkward situation. This is a funny book about friendship and what it means to decide for yourself what is cool.
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Jeff the bear has done everything right to start the day, but he can't help feeling like something is off... if only he would take a moment to let his forest friends respond to his greetings, he might learn why-- they all have the same question. WHY IS THAT BEAR WEARING UNDERWEAR? Thankfully, Jeff's best friend Anders will be upfront with him, and in the way best friends often do, Anders finds a way to save Jeff's reputation. It's bear-y important that this does not become a hare-y situation! Jo ...more
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Everyone needs a friend like Anders!
Jan 25, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5. “Good friends are like good underwear. They’re reliable and they’re supportive.” So true!
I received an electronic ARC from MacMillan Children's Publishing Group.
Jory John's humorous take on life continues to shine in his latest book. Readers meet Bear at home and pick up on him being absent minded right away. Bear shares about trying on his grandmother's gift without telling us what it is. Then he heads out though he feels like something is not quite right. Again, readers see his underwear and pick up on what may be off for him. Further humor on each page as Bear encounters other an
Raven Black
Mar 23, 2021 rated it it was ok
Perhaps more of a 2.5 than a solid two, as the ending does have a slight twist one does not necessarily see coming. However, the ending was flawed for me to a point. Cute illustrations, even if they are not "solid" and at times and I felt they were a smidgen "uncentered" to my eye. You like the fact our bear friend knows he has forgotten something, but can't figure out why. You will like the fact our bear friend has a special bunny friend that helps him out in a bunch. And you will like all that ...more
Jared White
Wow, this book is rather wordy. It may go over with some preschoolers but this would probably be better to read with elementary school students and they would probably think it's funnier than most preschoolers anyway. I put this on my "ridiculous books" shelf because it is a bit ridiculous but if you were to read it right (with a lot of enthusiasm and silly voices) I think a lot of kids would find it hilarious. I also like that the Bear has very a supportive friend. ...more
Brandi (Brandi Janee's Bookshelf)
I read this with my niece and it was kind of a mixed bag. I thought the story was cute and had a good message. However, all my niece cared about was why the bear was walking around in only underwear. It was also a bit wordy so she lost some interest before we got to the end. The story might work a little better for an older audience.
Nitza Campos
Mar 23, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
3.5 stars
Apr 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
While there are some Jory John books that I like a bit more than others, I have not as yet read one that I did not like.
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Jory John is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and two-time E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor recipient.

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