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Casey in the Bath

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Casey's bathtub becomes another world!

Cynthia DeFelice's Casey in the Bath first appeared in Cricket magazine and is one of her most popular stories — asked for again and again by children who know her as a professional storyteller. Now, for the first time, the story appears in picture book format with lively illustrations by Chris L. Demarest. Casey, a reluctant bather, finds himself with no soap except a bottle of green bath gel that his mother bought that morning from an odd...

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Overview

Casey's bathtub becomes another world!

Cynthia DeFelice's Casey in the Bath first appeared in Cricket magazine and is one of her most popular stories — asked for again and again by children who know her as a professional storyteller. Now, for the first time, the story appears in picture book format with lively illustrations by Chris L. Demarest. Casey, a reluctant bather, finds himself with no soap except a bottle of green bath gel that his mother bought that morning from an odd salesman. Squirting out the gel, Casey discovers that it produces green bubbles that turn into green playmates. Casey has a blast with them! By the time he runs out of the gel, the salesman returns with purple toothpaste and the guarantee of even more fun in this lark about the joys of keeping clean — and of using the imagination.

After using a bottle of bath soap purchased from a door-to-door salesman, Casey finds cute green creatures in the tub with him and discovers that taking a bath can be fun.

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Editorial Reviews

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"When a salesman from the Ambrosial Products knocks on the door promising that his product is 'guaranteed to make taking a bath a thrilling experience,' Casey's mother decides that it's just what she needs to get her son into the tub. To the child's delight, the gooey green bubbles pop to reveal tiny, equally gooey green creatures. . .Goofy, cartoon-style art adds exuberant color to the fantasy." —School Library Journal

"Lathering up becomes a treat." — Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Unpleasant tasks call for whimsical distractions-in Casey's case, a squirt of squishy "green goo" in the tub. In DeFelice's (Mule Eggs) gleeful if slight fantasy, Casey and his mom meet a squat, mustachioed man at their front door. He touts a bottled formula "guaranteed to make taking a bath a thrilling experience," something Casey considers impossible. Yet as the boy soon discovers, a glob of the spruce-green potion produces opaque bubbles, and inside the bubbles reside slippery sprites that perform high dives from his nose and tickle his belly button. Lathering up becomes a treat, and when Casey runs out of soap, the impish salesman returns, hawking a mysterious purple toothpaste. Demarest (When Cows Come Home) contributes loose ink sketches, slack strokes of transparent watercolor and dabs of darker paint; his bubble-creatures, with their teardrop-shaped heads and broad grins, have a roughly Seussian appearance. If only this book were waterproof, it would make an amusing tubside companion. Ages 4-7. (Mar.)
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Casey hates taking a bath, until a traveling salesman arrives with some magical green soap. PW said, "If only this book were waterproof. It would make an amusing tubside companion." Ages 3-up. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
Casey hated bathtime more than anything else until an Ambrosial Products representative comes selling merchandise door to door. Casey's mother, willing to try anything to lure Casey into the tub, purchases a product guaranteed to make bathtime a thrilling experience. If the bathtime struggle is familiar to young readers, they'll love this book and yearn for a visit of their own from the Ambrosial Products rep. If young readers are natural born soakers, they'll love reading this book and imagining similar bathtime adventures. First published in shortened form in Cricket magazine in 1990, this book by a well known author of intermediate fiction will have wide audience appeal.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-When a salesman from the Ambrosial Products knocks on the door promising that his product is "guaranteed to make taking a bath a thrilling experience," Casey's mother decides that it's just what she needs to get her son into the tub. To the child's delight, the gooey green bubbles pop to reveal tiny, equally gooey green creatures whose vocabulary seems to be limited to "Urp, Irp, Irp, brp." Casey's mother, in shock because he has washed so thoroughly, pulls the plug and the creatures slide down the drain, grinning and waving. Alas, the bottle of soap soon runs out. The salesman returns; he doesn't have any more soap, but there is a fantastic new purple toothpaste available...The concept of tiny green creatures diving off one's knees and into one's belly button promises to add spice to many a boring soak. Demarest's goofy, cartoon-style art adds exuberant color to the fantasy. A pleasant, but nonessential, bath-time tale.-Lisa S. Murphy, formerly at Dauphin County Library System, Harrisburg, PA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374410490
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 9/16/1998
  • Series: Sunburst Bks.
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.02 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia DeFelice is the author of many bestselling children's novels and picture books, including One Potato, Two Potato and Old Granny and the Bean Thief. Her books have been nominated for an Edgar Allen Poe Award and listed as American Library Association Notable Children's Books and Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, among numerous other honors. She lives in upstate New York.

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