Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs

Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs

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by Alan Katz, David Catrow
     
 

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Remember...

"Take Me Out to the

Ballgame"

and

"I've Been Working on the

Railroad"?

Well, forget 'em!

Songwriter and comedy writer extraordinaire Alan Katz has turned those and other old favorites on their ears and created new nonsense songs kids will love. With zany, spirited pictures by illustrator and cartoonist David

Overview

Remember...

"Take Me Out to the

Ballgame"

and

"I've Been Working on the

Railroad"?

Well, forget 'em!

Songwriter and comedy writer extraordinaire Alan Katz has turned those and other old favorites on their ears and created new nonsense songs kids will love. With zany, spirited pictures by illustrator and cartoonist David Catrow, this kooky collection guarantees laughs and plenty of silly dillyness for kids everywhere!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Rosie O'Donnell As a kid who grew up thinking "Baby, baby, stick your head in gravy" was the national anthem, I really like how Alan Katz and David Catrow have written and illustrated such funny songs! Kids of all ages are gonna love the new lyrics to their old favorite tunes. It doesn't get any silly dillier than this!
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Songwriter and television comedy writer Katz provides ludicrous lyrics to 14 traditional tunes, offering playful parodies on some familiar routines. To the tune of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," a boy wearing roller skates claims he has been soaking so long in the tub that he "used one, two, three bars of soap/ Take me out... I'm clean!" Other amusing entries include "I've Been Cleaning Up My Bedroom" (sung to "I've Been Working on the Railroad"), in which a girl tidies her room by shoving all of her belongings "out the door," which Catrow (She's Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head!) interprets quite literally (he shows her bureau, goldfish, etc., piling up in the back yard), and "Give Me a Break" (sung to the tune of "Home on the Range"), introducing a child whose library book is long overdue. A few songs do not scan so well (e.g., this verse set to the tune of "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean": "My brother flicks peas with his fork and/ They zip down my shirt with a splat/ Next I see a big piece of pork land/ On my head like it's a new hat!"). But the subjects (a sibling with a stinky diaper, a youngster who refuses to go to bed, a cranky poodle think "Yankee Doodle") teamed with Catrow's outlandish illustrations, as hyperbolic as the words, will have kids giggling as they sing. Ages 2-6. (May) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
These new and wacky versions of old and familiar songs will provide hours of musical fun at home and in the classroom. Comedy writer Alan Katz gives us "Stinky Stinky Diaper Change" to sing to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star," "Ripped My Favorite T-Shirt" to the tune of "I'm a Little Teapot," and many more. There are enough food fights, mud, and messy rooms to sing about to guarantee universal kid appeal. Even more fun are the riotous pictures. Catrow's double paged watercolor and crayon spreads exude energy and absurdity galore. From the first sudsy boy in roller skates flying out of the bathtub to the last pea-green, misshapen, carsick toddler, readers will find themselves giggling with glee. Sheet music of the actual tunes would have been helpful to those of us who can't remember complete melodies to songs like "Oh, Susanna" and "I've Been Working on the Railroad." Readers will also need to work at fitting the words to the tunes, especially the first time through. While some renditions work better than others, all are well worth the effort. 2001, Margaret K. McElderry, $17.00. Ages 3 up. Reviewer: Betty Hicks
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-This hilarious collection goes straight to the heart of playground humor. What made "On Top of Spaghetti" such an integral part of popular culture is what makes these selections so equally successful. Well-known songs like "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean," and "I've Been Working on the Railroad" become-with a wink, a poke, and nod-"Take Me Out of the Bathtub," "The Yogurt Flies Straight from My Brother," and "I've Been Cleaning Up My Bedroom." Some of these transformations are so clever that kids will want to burst into song immediately. Imagine your next patron singing, "Oh give me a break/`Cause I made a mistake/And my library book's overdue" to the tune of "Home on the Range." The watercolor illustrations are equally entertaining, with exaggerated features and situations giving them a cartoon look. "Go Go Go to Bed" depicts an exhausted mom slumped in a chair with toys and a child literally bouncing off the ceiling above her. There's something here to tickle most funny bones.-Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689829031
Publisher:
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
100,290
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
2 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Alan Katz is a multiple Emmy nominee for his work on The Rosie O'Donnell Show and Disney's Raw Toonage, and he has written for children's programming on Nickelodeon, ABC television, and Warner Bros. Animation's Taz-Mania. He lives in Weston, Connecticut with his journalist wife, Rose, and their children, Simone, Andrew, and twins Nathan and David.

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Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is great stuff if you just read it, but if you can carry a tune at all, this book begs to be sung. You and your children will laugh, but fair warning: this is one of those books they will ask you to read over and over until you are worn out.
Sarah_Diane More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my 4 year old daughter. We have had the best time singing these songs. This is one of my go to birthday gifts, and I always hear from other Moms, "Where did you find this book?! We LOVE it!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
A mixture of old time tunes mixed with new and hilarious words makes this book of silly poems a joy to read and share. ¿Take Me Out of the Bathtub,¿ is a poem read to the tune of ¿Take Me Out to the Ballgame.¿ Alan Kratz, the author, does a wonderful job of taking everyday events and putting them to well known songs. You will want to sing or read this book over and over again. After reading this book you may catch yourself walking around humming a tune but others notice that the words have been changed a bit.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 5 year old daughter had a recent stay in the hospital and a music therapist visited her, she had this book and my daughter absolutely loved it. Very easy to sing along with and the words and pictures are so silly. We had to buy it when we came home and now her friends laugh and sing along with her when ever they visit!
Guest More than 1 year ago
To the tune of Take Me Out to the Ballgame, sing: Take me out of the bathtub/Take me out of the suds/I've been here soaking since half past two/I feel so sudsy and wrinkle-y, too.... This is the first of the silly dilly songs in this silly dilly book by Alan Katz with illustrations by David Catrow (see my review of I'm Still Here in the Bathtub, April 11, 2005). TMOOTB is wonderful fun. I like I've Been Cleaning Up My Bedroom, sung to I've Been Working on the Railroad. Then there's Stinky, Stinky Diaper Change to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, and so on. Do you (or anyone in your family) get carsick? Then you'll love I'm So Carsick, sung to the tune of Oh, Susanna. Catrow's illustrations are a hoot and a half! The combination of the words and pictures is sure to tickle your funnybone. With two young boys in our family, each with one of these books and a very vivid imagination, we frequently have a new set of words to one or another of the tunes in this hilarious book. I highly recommend it. Makes a great gift. Carolyn Rowe Hill
Guest More than 1 year ago
You and your kids will surely find some new songs (classics in the making!) to sing around the house in this witty book. . .
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is so funny and the illustrations are great. My two older boys just love this book no matter how many times we read it. They especially relate to the Stinky, Stinky, Diaper Change sung to the tune of 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star'. We don't allow 'potty-talk' in our house and this book is tastefully written without sacrificing humor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My daughter and I sing from this song book every night. It has become a bedtime routine that we look forward to nightly. With such busy lives, this book helps us to slow down and share some fun and creative tunes together. Our two favorites are 'Bobby Put the T.V. On' and 'Go, Go, Go, to Bed.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
This funny, sweet, warm-hearted book helps parents create their own happy memories with kids. An important addition to parenting literature.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My daughter and her best friend are 5 years old and you should hear the two of them giggleing over this book. Food Fight is their favorite. I would recommend this to any parent who likes to see there kiddos faces lit up with joy.