The Barnes & Noble Review
Following up their hilarious Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs, Alan Katz and David Catrow serve up another rip-roaring collection of ditties.
Beginning with its title song, "I'm Still Here in the Bathtub" (to the tune of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame"), readers are in for plenty of laugh-out-loud licks. "Six Brussels Sprouts" counts down one kid's vegetable-eating at the dinner table, until "No brussels sprouts here on my plate / Mother says time to celebrate / Then the sad truth is I got caught / All six sprouts were coughed up by Spot." Another song, "He's Got the Whole Beach in His Pants," tells of one fun-loving baby who's "got a ton of sand in his hair and ears / He's the reason that they say the coast is clear." Whether it's "The Meals at My Camp" (following the music of "The Wheels on the Bus") or "I'm in My Room and Bored" (think "The Farmer in the Dell"), every song is accompanied by Catrow's cartoonish art and will plant a smile on any reader's face.
A knee-slappin' good time, Katz and Catrow's book is one can't-miss ode to having fun! Readers will have a ball singing these re-fanagled words to their favorite tunes, and parents will enjoy seeing their kids giggling the whole time. Matt Warner
In another key entirely, I'm Still in the Bathtub: Brand New Silly Dilly Songs by Alan Katz, illus. by David Catrow, follows the author and illustrator's Take Me Out of the Bathtub with 14 more song parodies. "I'm a Menace" puts these opening lyrics to the tune of "Frere Jacques": "I'm a menace/ I played tennis/ In my house/ In my room/ Didn't know a racket/ Could hit a lamp and crack it/ I smell doom/ In my room"; as subsequent verses chronicle the sports-lover's accidents, Catrow's satirical, full-spread art shows a ravaged house and lawn. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
I can't even look at this book without grinning as the songs instantly start going through my head. This absolutely delightful sequel to Take Me Out of the Bathtub features songs such as "I'm a Menace" (the tune is "Frere Jacques") "I'm a menace, I played tennis, In my house, In my room, Didn't know a racket, Could hit a lamp and crack it, I smell doom, In my room!" All the tunes are familiar and the new lyrics fit in seamlessly. David Catrow's hilarious illustrations just add to the enjoyment. 2003, Margaret K. McElderry/Simon & Schuster, Ages 4 to 8.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-As a follow-up to Take Me Out of the Bathtub (McElderry, 2001), Katz packs the same child-appealing humor into sadly sloppy lyrics that don't scan with the well-known tunes he has tried to fit them to, and which go on far too long. "I Always Lose" (to the tune of "Skip to My Lou") starts with the loss of a parka, backpack, and tuba, and continues, "Turned around, lunch box was gone/Could've sworn I had a hat on/There's no sign of baby bro Ron/He's a pain, but he's darling." "No Medication" (to the tune of "Down by the Station") does what most kids dream of doing: "No medication/Don't care what the doc says/Won't put that stuff in my belly/Tastes bad, you know/Mom sticks it in ice cream/Thinks that she can fool me/I flick it out the window/Look out below!" Unfortunately, the lyrics are even more awkward and less funny when read aloud instead of sung. Catrow's over-the-top, zany, mixed-media cartoons may pull readers into this collection that promises fun, but only delivers frustration.-Nina Lindsay, Oakland Public Library, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Opening with clever additional verses for the title poem of Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Rhymes (2001), Katz again sets new lyrics to such musical chestnuts as Itsy Bitsy Spider ("Tiny Baby Brother"), Bingo ("I-T-C-H-Y") and Wheels On The Bus: "The lunches at my camp / Prepared by Joan / Didn't know / Cheese had bones . . ." With Catrow's (is he the funniest illustrator around?) frenetic, pop-eyed, young folks acting out the rhymes, it's near impossible to resist bursting out in giggles-or, more likely, song. All together now: "He's got the whole world in his pants, / When he takes 'em off, a clam'll do a dance / If you change his diaper, there is quite a chance / You'll find a lobster in his pants!" What a boon to the catalogue of rude children's songs and rhymes, but best if taken in moderation. (Picture book/poetry. 5-9)