Kirkus Reviews has published a wonderful review for Stone Underpants by Rebecca Lisle with illustrations by Richard Watson ahead of the US publication on 1 September of the beautiful jacketed hardback edition distributed by Lerner Books:
‘The only thing funnier than underwear? Prehistoric underwear!!
(Bare) necessity may be the mother of invention, but that doesnâ€™t guarantee that one gets it right the first time. Itâ€™s the Stone Age, and after chilly cave-dweller Pod informs his father that â€œI really do need something to keep my bottom warm,â€ what follows is a series of missteps on the road to success. Naturally, Podâ€™s fatherâ€™s first suggestion is that he use stone to make himself some undies. When that leads to a near drowning, the undaunted Pod tries wood, shells, spider webs, mud, and feathers before a woolly mammoth offers up the finest solution. Plenty of visual gags abound in the cartoonish art during Podâ€™s misadventures, with a highly amused mammoth in the background mirroring young readersâ€™ inevitable delight. But it is Podâ€™s persistence to engage in trial and error, even in the face of multiple failures, that turns this book from mere Stone Age silliness into a lesson of tackling a problem from multiple angles. Pod and his family are light-skinned, and he has a multiracial group of friends.’