Splash, Joshua, Splash!

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"Splash!" says Joshua, "Splash!" Joshua and his granny romp through a wonderful day out enjoying lots of watery delights in this charming picture book with boldly colored illustrations by Ken Wilson-Max. Joshua loves to shout "Splash!" as he stomps through puddles on a walk, rides the gigantic slide at the swimming pool, and listens to the rain pouring down on the bus ride home. Through it all, Granny is by his side, happily joining in the fun.

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Overview

"Splash!" says Joshua, "Splash!" Joshua and his granny romp through a wonderful day out enjoying lots of watery delights in this charming picture book with boldly colored illustrations by Ken Wilson-Max. Joshua loves to shout "Splash!" as he stomps through puddles on a walk, rides the gigantic slide at the swimming pool, and listens to the rain pouring down on the bus ride home. Through it all, Granny is by his side, happily joining in the fun.

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Children's Literature
Joshua splishes and splashes through a day of watery fun in this story of a boy's adventures with his grandmother. The day begins when Joshua feeds the ducks by the river and then walks the dog in the country where they jump in all the puddles. Later while Granny does her shopping Joshua tries to climb into the fountain. After shopping, Granny and Joshua change to their bathing suits and go swimming. Granny in a colorful bathing cap follows Joshua to the top of the water slide and down they go until with a big "splash" they go into the "fizzing and sparkling" water. They emerge laughing and dripping. Again and again they climb up and then splash down to crash into the water. A heavy rain falls as they ride home on a red double-decker bus and the wheels splash through the puddles in the street. Joshua and Granny snooze to the rhythmic sound of the wipers. The illustrations are simple, bold, bright and eye-catching. 2004, Bloomsbury, Ages 3 to 5.
—Carolyn Mott Ford
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Joshua and his grandmother spend a day experiencing H2O in its many forms. The delighted boy feeds ducks on the river, runs through puddles, plays at a drinking fountain, swims in a pool, and snuggles up for a rainy "cosy, dozy" bus ride home. The child speaks only three words but his favorite is "splash," which appears hand-lettered in block form. The lines of type are set at slight angles to one another to mimic flowing water. Though not a rhyming story, the words flow with easy-on-the-tongue phrases such as "Deep down, under the water,/under the water, deep down./Into the froth and the foam,/and the bubbles,/splashing and crashing,/fizzing and sparkling." The bright, saturated illustrations are eye-catching in their colorful simplicity. One slight discrepancy: Joshua appears to change sizes, sometimes only coming up to Granny's waist while at other times almost to her shoulders. Very young children who are fascinated with water will enjoy hearing about Joshua's day.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Wilson-Max's bright, page-filling, heavily outlined figures are just the ticket for getting the attention of preschoolers, but Doyle's tale founders on herky-jerky pacing and character ambiguity. With his grandma in attendance, Joshua Joshua feeds ducks on one spread, walks a big dog through puddles on the next, then goes to the pool for general play, and repeated trips down the water slide. The lack of transitions makes the first two experiences read like padding for the much longer, more developed third; moreover, despite poetically phrased descriptive passages-"Deep down, under the water, under the water, deep down. Into the froth and the foam, and the bubbles," etc.-Joshua Joshua, who looks four or five in the pictures, never says anything except "Splash!" and "More!" Is he miscast in the art as too old, or is he supposed to be mentally impaired? If the latter, he'd be a real rarity in stories for younger children-but the lopsided plot suggests that this is more a case of awkward, rather than subtle, writing. For more seamless adventures in splashing, stick to Flora McDonnell's Splash! (1999) or Ann Jonas's same-titled episode (1995). (Picture book. 4-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582348377
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 6/12/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.64 (w) x 12.12 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Malachy Doyle is the author of several picture books, including Jody's Beans and Tales from Old Ireland, as well as two young adult novels, Georgie, a Book Sense 76 Children's Pick, and Who is Jesse Flood?, a Junior Library Guild selection.

Ken Wilson-Max is an award-winning illustrator whose work is recognized the world over. He is the creator of several picture books, including The Big Yellow Taxi, Tickle-Tickle, and The Little Red Plane.

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