Little Ned is ready for bed, fresh from the bath and keen to hop, skip and jump into a willy-nilly streak. Off he goes through the living room - nuddy cartwheels have never been so fun - and right out the front door!
"I'm Nuddy Ned! I'm Nuddy Ned! Jim-jams aren't for me!" he hollers as he skedaddles off down the street, his parents in hot pursuit.
Past the bus stop, through the park - even the ducks flap away in fright! Through the precinct, into the pizza shop!, hitching a ride on the bus to the fields outside town - off Ned runs into the distance, while his huffing-puffing parents collapse on the grass, fully spent.
And how does this Birthday Suit tale end? Well, you know the old saying - if you can't beat 'em, join 'em!
Told in rhyme (though at times slightly off-kilter) this is a warmly funny book kids will find deliciously risqué, with lift-the-flaps covering all those frightfully-nudey spots - but don't worry, mum and dad - what's underneath is not much more than a carefully-placed bird, feather or - ahem - banana.
Title: Nuddy Ned
Author: Kes Gray
Illustrator: Garry Parsons
Publisher: Bloomsbury, $14.99 RRP
Publication Date: February 2013
Format: Soft cover
For ages: 3 - 8
Type: Picture Book