*Join Skylight Treehouse and the LA Public Library virtually on Crowdcast for an interactive event celebrating Christine Van Zandt's book A BRIEF HISTORY OF UNDERPANTS! 

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This is event is presented in partnership with Punk Rock Marthas!

From bloomers to boxers, everyone wears underwear! One part humor, one part history, A Brief History of Underpants explores the evolution of fashion's most unmentionable garment.

Gain a whole new understanding of underthings as you:

  • Learn which ruler was buried with over 100 pairs of underwear.
  • Discover how people kept their underclothes from falling off before elastic was invented.
  • Find out why some underwear was made from feathers.
  • And much, much more!

Zany illustrations add to the humor, and step-by-step instructions teach real dyeing and washing techniques used hundreds of years ago. Interact with the topic directly by turning the reveal wheel on the front cover to see underwear evolve through the ages.

Christine Van Zandt hasn’t found fossilized underwear, but loves digging up ideas that make great books for kids. She’s a literary editor and lives in Los Angeles, California, with her family and a monarch butterfly sanctuary. Visit her online at christinevanzandt.com.

Praise for A Brief History of Underpants:

"While just the idea of underwear will produce giggles in some story time crowds, this book is playing for laughs while conveying historical facts." —School Library Journal

"Van Zandt chronicles tushie-wear from the 'beginning of buns' onward, pulling up garments such as the Maori maro and the sumo wrestlers' mawashi for closer examination as she sniffs at medieval and modern European undergarments and sanitary practices up to the modern (1935) Y-front undy." —Booklist

"Does your child show curiosity about underwear? It is a piece of clothing that is part of everyday life but can sometimes be taboo to talk about. A Brief History of Underpants by Christine Van Zandt breaks down this barrier with a book on the history of underwear from all over the world. It exposes kids to different cultures and customs by observing the evolution of fashion’s most unmentionable garment. The illustrations by Harry Briggs bring this to life, providing exciting visuals on what the different types of underwear looked like and how they were worn. It’s part history and part humor, giving a new way to learn about innovations around the globe. This book also includes fun activities like how to make a fundoshi, underwear worn by Japanese sumo wrestlers, which brings an interactive take to underpants history." —LA Parent magazine, 6/15/21

"I laughed my butt off! Not only is this book funny, but Christine Van Zandt delivers a veritable wedgie-whirlwind of utterly fascinating underwear info!" - Best-selling author Aaron Reynolds

Event date: 
Wednesday, August 11, 2021 - 11:00am
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
A Brief History of Underpants Cover Image
By Christine Van Zandt, Harry Briggs (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780760370605
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: becker&mayer! kids - June 1st, 2021