To the Tub

To the Tub

by Peggy Perry Anderson
     
 

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A stubborn young frog named Joe does not want to take a bath. He delays his father as long as possible by asking him to fetch his favorite toys, until Father is so loaded down he trips and lands in the mud. Now Joe is not the only one who needs a bath.

“Suitable goofiness keeps this story of maneuverings sprightly and humorous, as do the ebullient cartoony

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A stubborn young frog named Joe does not want to take a bath. He delays his father as long as possible by asking him to fetch his favorite toys, until Father is so loaded down he trips and lands in the mud. Now Joe is not the only one who needs a bath.

“Suitable goofiness keeps this story of maneuverings sprightly and humorous, as do the ebullient cartoony drawings, which aptly demonstrate the good-natured parry and thrusts that mark the lighter moments of parent-child discourse.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The time-honored bath-procrastination ploy is portrayed, for a change, with a lovely absence of tension. Good-natured slapstick sets the tone, and Anderson’s bright rhymes follow suit, reinforced by fresh watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations dancing on bright white pages.”—School Library Journal

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A frog father tries to get his son Joe to take a bath, but Joe proves to be a master of stalling, leading his father on a chaotic romp through the backyard. Joe's demands to find just one more tub toy are called off when dad and son spot a seductive mud puddle and gleefully jump in, putting them both in need of a scrub (and proving that most dads are really messy kids at heart, although apparently the mom, who appears at the door in a prim apron, is not). Anderson (Time for Bed, the Babysitter Said) has a distinct flair for slapstickin a variation of the old banana-peel gag, for example, Dad is precariously balancing an armload of toys when he trips on a beachball. The text, however, poses a problem with its ambivalent cadence: it slides in and out of verse indiscriminately, and those who read the book aloud may find themselves struggling to find the right meter. Ages 3-7. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1Joe is an active little frog who stalls his bathtime by gathering tub toys from his sandbox and treehouse. He tosses them one by one to his father. Piled high with paraphernalia, dad finally loses his balance, dropping the toys into a puddle. A gleeful father/son mud bath ensues. The time-honored bath-procrastination ploy is portrayed, for a change, with a lovely absence of tension. Good-natured slapstick sets the tone, and Anderson's bright rhymes follow suit, reinforced by fresh watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations dancing on bright white pages. The vocabulary is simple enough for beginning readers. In treatment as well as in plot, this title is the antithesis of the godfather of bathtime books, the Woods' King Bidgood's in the Bathtub (Harcourt, 1985).Liza Bliss, Worcester Public Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews
"To the tub," instructs Joe's amiable father. Joe, a frog, is not averse, at least not openly, but he needs a few toys to accompany him: a pail and boat, a rubber octopus, and a beach ball, for starters. Joe's dad urges him bathward as Joe heaps his father higher and higher with tubside entertainments, until he stumbles and offloads the cargo into a mud puddle. Well, a mud bath is better than no bath. Suitable goofiness, in spite of less-than- felicitous rhyming ("Instead of dirty-green and slimy, you'll be squeaky-clean and shiny!") keeps this story of maneuverings sprightly and humorous, as do the ebullient cartoony drawings, which aptly demonstrate the good-natured parry and thrusts that mark the lighter moments of parent-child discourse. Does Joe get the bath? He's last seen outside the tub, scrubbing his father's back.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618138449
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/23/2001
Edition description:
None
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range:
5 - 3 Years

Meet the Author


PEGGY PERRY ANDERSON is a former elementary school art teacher who lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has written and illustrated six early readers about Joe the Frog. They include Let's Clean Up, Joe on the Go, To the Tub, Out to LunchTime for Bed, the Babysitter Said, and I Can Help!.

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