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Bath Time

Bath Time

by Andy Anderson, Janet Pedersen (Illustrator)

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Mama Penguin's watch says it's bath time at the igloo, but "You won't hear me complain!" exclaims her perky penguin daughter, who loves the tub. There's just one hitch: the little penguin goes overboard when it comes to toys: "I need some sudsy bubbles/ and a bubble pipe, of course,/ and my beach ball from last summer,/ and my frisky diving horse." By the time she adds "the soap, the sponge,/ the washcloth-one, two, three," she can't get in herself, "because/ there's just no room for me!" Spinelli, showing little of the spare lyricism found in her Night Shift Daddy, offers up an unsurprising execution of a familiar joke (for an approach with the same premise and a bit more zip, see last season's Tub Toys by Terry Miller Shannon and Timothy Warner). Pederson's (Baby for Sale) full-spread pencil-and-watercolor illustrations conjure the texture and na f verve of a child's crayon drawings and conveys the narrator's bubbly eagerness. The artist also tucks in some fun details (observant readers will notice a copy of 101 Penguin Jokes on top of the igloo's toilet). Ages 3-6. (Apr.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The deep Mediterranean blue of the endpapers sets the tone for this watery tale. A double-paged spread across the copyright page introduces the empty, inviting bathtub, followed by a cozy peak through the window of the penguin's home showing Mama penguin reading to little penguin. "Bath time is a lot of fun�you won't hear me complain!" the young penguin exclaims, as page by page he fills the tub with an increasing number of his treasures. Whales, bubbles, beach balls follow boats, plastic porpoise, rubber sharks and snakes. Before long, the tub is so filled with toys that there is no room for a penguin. Little penguin's perplexed expression is well matched by Mama's hidden giggle as she solves the problem. The last page shows Mama penguin washing a very happy little penguin in the bath, with all the toys neatly lined up outside the tub. The penguin's enthusiasm is as catchy as the rhyming text accompanying the exuberant watercolor and charcoal illustrations. Young readers will clamor to hear this read repeatedly, and may even want to immediately pop into the tub. 2003, Marshall Cavendish,
— Micki S. Nevett
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Bath time is a blast in this penguin's cozy igloo. In a rhymed text, the engaging bird describes its rituals, delighting in these ablutions because they create an opportunity to load an incredible variety of toys and paraphernalia into the tub. A boat is joined by a porpoise, a shark, a snake, a whale, buried treasure, and a bevy of other diversions. When it comes time for the little one to hop in, it notes, "And last I add the soap, the sponge/ the washcloth-one, two, three-/but can't get in myself because/there's just no room for me!" A bemused mother comes up with a felicitous solution to the dilemma and the evening concludes on a clean note. Delightful watercolor, gouache, and charcoal-pencil drawings add a good measure of personality and whimsy to the story. The affection displayed pictorially between mother and child will warm the cockles of hearts young and old. The penguins' igloo may be made of ice but their home and family relationships are anything but chilly.-Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Bath time can be fun time, especially when you can include all of your favorite floating friends. Mother Penguin points to her watch, indicating that it is time for a bath, and without further prompting, the young penguin is soon scurrying around the house collecting all of the toys and accoutrements necessary for a soapy good time. "I get my plastic porpoise, my rubber shark and snake. I put them in and watch them swim around my bathtub lake." Soon an inflatable whale, a large ball, and mounds of bubbles join the water-ready toys, making the bathtub an even more exciting destination. Unfortunately, the exuberant penguin realizes that with all of the things now bobbing in the tub, there is no room for him. Illustrations rendered in charcoal with watercolors and gouache feature a happy-go-lucky penguin in his brightly colored environment. Lightly smudged and simply lined drawings are an amusing pairing with the rhyming text. Sure to provide the incentive for wet and wonderful fun. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Cavendish Square Publishing
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Product dimensions:
10.26(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.26(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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