The Green Bath

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Bath-time turns into a fantastical adventure in the hands of two of children's literature's best.

Margaret Mahy and Steven Kellog, two the world's most beloved picture book creators, are reunited for this galloping, free-spirited romp. It begins with Sammy, whose obnoxious neighbors get to go to the beach in their brand new boat, while he has to get clean for a visit from grandma. Worse, it's a bath in the strange tub his dad just bought at a tag sale! But the magic of the tub ...

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Overview


Bath-time turns into a fantastical adventure in the hands of two of children's literature's best.

Margaret Mahy and Steven Kellog, two the world's most beloved picture book creators, are reunited for this galloping, free-spirited romp. It begins with Sammy, whose obnoxious neighbors get to go to the beach in their brand new boat, while he has to get clean for a visit from grandma. Worse, it's a bath in the strange tub his dad just bought at a tag sale! But the magic of the tub soon has Sammy roaring out to sea, befriending a giant sea serpent, conquering pirates in a huge soapy battle, and returning home with the greatest of treasures. Bath time will never be the same! (Plus Grandma's got surprises of her own!)

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The boys who live next door to Sammy are thrilled when their father finds a racy red speedboat at the flea market. Sammy, however, is puzzled by his own father’s purchase: a clunky, green bathtub. Kellogg’s reliably ebullient illustrations let readers know that this is no ordinary tub: for one, it has an expressive, wide-eyed face, and Sammy hears the tub “give a gurgle as if it were laughing.” After the tub jumps to life and carries Sammy to the seashore during his bath, the late Mahy’s boundless whimsy and Kellogg’s freewheeling sense of play combine in a rowdy swashbuckling adventure. Sammy sails out to sea in the tub and, with the help of a friendly sea serpent, engages in “a wonderful bath-and-buccaneer battle” with pirates. “The buccaneers had swords, but Sammy bewildered them with bubbles and baffled them with soapsuds,” writes Mahy. Like this acclaimed duo’s last collaboration, The Rattlebang Picnic (1994), this story is distinguished by a frenetic energy, old-fashioned charm, and rapid plot zigzags. Ages 4–8. (July)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Sammy's neighbors' dad brings home a speedboat from the flea market while his father brings home a square, green, claw-footed bathtub. As the ill-mannered boys head to the beach for some boating, Sammy heads to the tub to clean up before Grandma arrives. While attempting to make his bath as adventurous as possible with bubbles, bathing suit, snorkel, water wings, and ocean song, something adventurous does happen. The great, green tub stands up, rolls down the stairs and out the back door, and then gallops to the beach. It dives into the warm water (tossing aside those boys next door in a bath-made wave) and swims with Sammy into the sea. They meet mermaids and race a sea serpent. They battle with pirates who want his bathtub (luckily the sea serpent is on their side). They get home just as Sammy's mother walks into the bathroom "without knocking, the way mothers sometimes do." Mahy's spot-on text is perfectly matched by Kellogg's illustrations done in his trademark style. Shades of green suffuse the scenes featuring the tub in a delightfully subtle and clever way. Sammy's abundant imagination is matched only by his actual bathtub escapade. Pair this rollicking tale with Susan Seligson's Amos: The Story of an Old Dog and His Couch (Little, Brown, 1987) and a version of "Aladdin" for a storytime highlighting unusual modes of transportation.—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH
Kirkus Reviews
A very imaginative boy has the bath adventure of a lifetime. While his lucky neighbors score a speedboat from the flea market, Sammy's dad comes home with a green claw-foot bathtub. Before his get-ready-your-grandmother-is-coming-to-visit bath, Sammy thinks he sees some strange things about the tub, and he is proven right when he gets in: As he sings while relaxing in the tub, the tub jiggles and jumps along before breaking free of the bathroom. The two make their way to the shore, where the green bath enters the sea. Mermaids, a sea serpent, Treasure Island and some buccaneers figure in the duo's adventures. A fierce battle ensues before Sammy, the sea serpent and the green bath emerge victorious. The wet pair make their way back home on the bath's claw feet, Sammy's family none the wiser—except for the huge treasure chest. Throughout, read-aloud master Mahy dabbles with alliteration. Kellogg's familiar style fills the pages with details aplenty, the fantasy coming alive before readers' eyes. The pages with the buccaneers are especially busy. A rumpus in the bathroom that readers are sure to try to emulate, even if only in their imaginations—lay down some towels before filling the tub! (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545206679
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/25/2013
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,413,953
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Margaret Mahy (1936-2012) worked as a librarian in her native New Zealand before becoming a full-time writer in 1980. Beloved by generations of readers, she wrote over 150 books for children and young adults, and in 2006, she received the Hans Christian Andersen Award (the "Nobel Prize of children's books") for her contribution to children's literature.

Steven Kellogg has illustrated more than a hundred books, including IS YOUR MAMA A LLAMA? and THE DAY JIMMY'S BOA ATE THE WASH. He has also retold and illustrated the adventures of tall-tale heroes such as Paul Bunyan, Mike Fink, and Johnny Appleseed. He lives in Essex, New York.

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  • Posted June 27, 2013

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    Review: This is a wonderfully fanciful story about a boy, a bath

    Review: This is a wonderfully fanciful story about a boy, a bath, and pirates. Delightful illustrations accompany fun text that lends itself to a good read aloud for young children. Sammy is challenged to stay clean for his grandmother’s arrival.

    When his neighbors get a new fancy boat and he gets a new green tub and his adventure begins. Poor Sammy finds out that his adventure can be equally as fun as theirs. This story lets each one use their imagination in an amazing and fun way. (reviewed by C. Delorge)

    The teaming of Margaret Mahy's famous award garnering text and story line with famed Steven Kellogg's fantastic skill as an illustrator creates a book sure to please the kids and presents an adventure that they will surely emulate in their own bath tub.

    DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy was provided by Scholastic Press in exchange for our honest review. Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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