Pirates Don't Take Baths [NOOK Book]


For any young child (or pig), there are few things more excruciating, more traumatic, more torturous than bathtime. And this little pig is putting his hoof down. No. More. BATHS. But how can he possibly accomplish this? Well, by being someone else, of course. After all, everyone knows that pirates, astronauts, and knights in shining armor-just to name a few-never, EVER take baths. Now if only he can convince his mother . . .

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For any young child (or pig), there are few things more excruciating, more traumatic, more torturous than bathtime. And this little pig is putting his hoof down. No. More. BATHS. But how can he possibly accomplish this? Well, by being someone else, of course. After all, everyone knows that pirates, astronauts, and knights in shining armor-just to name a few-never, EVER take baths. Now if only he can convince his mother . . .

In his hilarious new picture book that is sure to become an integral part of bathtime routines, John Segal documents one particular skirmish in this never-ending battle of wills.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A pirate's life seems just the ticket for a little pig who refuses to take his bath—"They plunder, they pillage, they sail the seas in search of treasure... but they DON'T TAKE BATHS!"—until his mother points out his propensity for seasickness. Trying to maintain the upper hand, the little pig runs through several other scenarios that might be even friendlier to the bath-adverse, only to have his mother gently deliver reality checks ("It's hard to poop and pee in zero gravity," she notes when he claims to be an astronaut). Can mother and son find common ground? Yes, but not before Segal (Far, Far Away) treats readers to some wonderfully imagined watercolor and pencil fantasies starring his stubborn, wide-eyed, and very pink hero. The flattened, geometric renderings and muted palette could have easily fallen flat. But Segal gives each spread a sly, silly magic, whether the piglet is having a sleepless night under the stars in the Old West, dodging a walrus and whale in the arctic circle, or trying to keep his cool in the middle of the desert. Ages 3–5. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Like so many youngsters, our pirate-hat clad pig hero refuses to take a bath. For he is sure that pirates NEVER EVER take baths. An answer in italics, from mother perhaps, reminds him that he gets seasick, while pirates do not. Moving on, donning cowboy hat and kerchief and riding his rocking horse, our hero then decides he is a cowboy who certainly does not bathe either. When reminded that he will have to sleep on the cold ground, he becomes an Eskimo, who cannot bathe in the cold. But he does not want to eat blubber or walrus liver either. He cannot face dragons as a knight; if he becomes an astronaut, "It's hard to poop and pee in zero gravity..." so that will not do either. Finally it is as a treasure hunter that he happily goes under water to find the treasure in his bathtub. The scowling "pirate" pig on the jacket/cover wields a bar of soap and a scrubbing brush; the foam around him runs onto the end pages. Pencil drawing and watercolor paints create this comic adventure of the anthropomorphic pig and his fantasies, including the polar bear on its ice island, the herd of cattle, the space ship and suit, and the camel with real mischief in its eye. As the snorkeling pig shouts, "EUREKA!!!" on the final double page, mother pig gets a chance to get into action, soap and brush in hand, at last. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—This piglet does not want a bath, and he can back up his argument with the wildest of fantasies and the most persuasive arguments. After all, "pirates...plunder, they pillage, they sail the seas in search of treasure, but they DON'T TAKE BATHS!" Neither do cowboys, Eskimos (it's too cold to bathe), knights (a knight's armor might rust), denizens of the desert (where there's no water), or astronauts (how could you take a bath in zero gravity?). As her child's imagination takes flight, Mama pig cleverly guides her youngster past his stubborn refusal and visions of a tub-free world as she questions with humor and a practical mind. Would he really want to be an Eskimo and eat whale blubber and walrus liver? Her gentle reasoning leads him to realize that imagination might make even a nightly chore such as bathing fun. Segal's fanciful cartoon pigs capture the expressions of delight, surprise, and horror as they fill the adventurer's roles in a succession of little pig's wild color-washed scenarios. Children and parents alike might recognize these voices heard at the end-of-day bath time in this first-purchase selection for all libraries.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX
Kirkus Reviews

Echoes ofRunaway Bunnycolor this exchange between a bath-averse piglet and his patient mother. Using a strategy that would probably be a nonstarter in real life, the mother deflects her stubborn offspring's string of bath-free occupational conceits with appeals to reason: "Pirates NEVER EVER take baths!" "Pirates don't get seasick either. But you do." "Yeesh. I'm an astronaut, okay?" "Well, it is hard to bathe in zero gravity. It's hard to poop and pee in zero gravity too!" And so on, until Mom's enticing promise of treasure in the deep sea persuades her little Treasure Hunter to take a dive. Chunky figures surrounded by lots of bright white space in Segal's minimally detailed watercolors keep the visuals as simple as the plotline. The language isn't quite as basic, though, and as it rendered entirely in dialogue—Mother Pig's lines are italicized—adult readers will have to work hard at their vocal characterizations for it to make any sense. Moreover, younger audiences (any audiences, come to that) may wonder what the piggy's watery closing "EUREKA!!!" is all about too. Not particularly persuasive, but this might coax a few young porkers to get their trotters into the tub.(Picture book. 4-6)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101648629
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 3/3/2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 836,368
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • File size: 12 MB
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Meet the Author

John Segal lives in New York City.
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