Suzy Senior and Claire Powell
This crazy rhyming tale is narrated by an octopus, an underpantless octopus no less.
His lack of a bottom covering makes him the butt of jokes and derision on the part of the other undersea creatures, most especially when he goes to town to try and buy himself some suitable octopants.
On-line shopping proves equally fruitless or rather, pantless.
One day however, our pant-hunter comes upon a hitherto unknown establishment, going by the name of Under-Sea Emporium and run by a rather smart seahorse sporting a spotty bow tie.
The place seems to sell pretty much any garment you might imagine and many you can’t, from evening wear for eels to jewellery for jellyfish and water wings for whales, in various spotty, stripy, sparkly and decidedly funky fabrics.
But as for underpants for an octopus customer, that is quite another matter altogether.
So exactly what can an eight-legged, or could it be eight armed, marine animal wear instead?
The big reveal (not a big bum reveal) comes on the final spread …
Bubbling and bursting with playful alliteration, Suzy Senior’s suitably silly story is likely to have young listeners pinging their knicker elastic with wriggling giggles, while Claire Powell’s funky undersea scenes of pant-wearing, and would-be same, seawater creatures should make sure that mirth is multiplied.
Almost any story with pants seems to induce a similarly snickering response but this one has a terrific twisting finale.