Title: The Underwear Salesman: And Other Jobs for Better or Verse
Author: J. Patrick Lewis
Illustrator: Serge Bloch
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Concepts: jobs, occupations, human resources, services
Review: While children are often asked what they would like to do when they grow up, the answer may not come as easily as the question. The possibilities seem endless and the time so far away. What better than a light-hearted book of poetry to help children start thinking about a wide range of occupations, from the relatively well-known -- such as plumbers, fashion designers, and librarians -- to the fairly obscure -- including belly dancers, skyscraper window washers, and yes, even underwear salespersons.
This wonderfully creative book stands apart from other books about jobs not only because the ideas are completely communicated through verse, but also because the art work embraces the poetry in an entirely different way on every page. The Underwear Salesman gets high marks for using humor and rich artistic content to tell children about some of the jobs that may await them in the future.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children