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Publishers Weekly
With a passion approaching that of Ernie for his rubber ducky, the young narrator extols the joys of trotting out so many tub toys at bathtime that "there's not a spot for me!" As ablution accoutrements accumulate, first-time illustrator Calderon's digital pictures employ the kind of exaggerated, plasticine-textured characterizations (complete with oversize heads), vertiginous perspectives (one of which displays the narrator's skinny rear to great comic effect) and vaguely retro gestalt that will make fans of Nickelodeon animation feel right at home. Among the many sight gags are the boy's Rube Goldberg-like contraptions; he uses a toy crane to lower his "windup froggy friend" into the drink and devises an elaborate conveyor belt to ease the embarkation of the rest of his animal figures (as well as the family dog). In rhyming text, Shannon and Warner, a mother/son team also making their children's book debut, alternate between enumerating ever-escalating groups of toys and adding in the child's last-minute inspirations ("Four blocks fall through the foam, / And I can't forget my astronaut/ inside his spaceship home"), so that readers can't keep track any better than the narrator. Ultimately, the words, set in a bouncy, 1960s-styled typeface, function more as visual punctuation than narrative engine anyway it's in Calderon's over-the-top pictures that the fun runneth over. Ages 4-7. (Sept.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Bath time has never been so much fun! This delightful book features a young bathing-enthusiast who wants to make his bubble bath more exciting by tossing all of his favorite toys into the tub. After all, what if he's submerged in the water and he can't find his must-have, wind-up froggy friend? In an effort to have everything within reach, the young lad painstakingly hurls each of his selections into the tub one by one—a ducky, a beach ball, a noodle strainer, two trucks, an eggbeater, three empty bottles, blocks, a spaceship home, a long parade of animals, a plastic book, five ships, a funnel, and much more. During his manic dash for goods, his parents begin to lose their patience with him. In fact, his father temporarily turns into an angry shark and his mother briefly morphs into an irritated octopus. When all is said and done, the young boy finally climbs into the tub and discovers that there's no room in the tub for him. Instead of plunging into the warm water, he happily sits atop his tall pile of toys with nary a drop of water in sight. Parents and kids will laugh out loud as they read this hilarious tale. The silly rhymes and comical illustrations will definitely tickle every funny bone in the house. This is a must-have book for families with young children. After reading this whimsical romp, kids will soon exclaim, "Rub-a-dub-dub, let's head to the tub!" 2002, Tricycle Press,
— Debra Briatico
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-A bug-eyed boy appears to be eager to have an evening soak. As soon as his father calls out "Bath time!," the child is off and running. However, it soon becomes clear that his enthusiasm lies not in taking a bath, but in filling the tub until it "is crammed so full of toys/there's not a spot for me!" As their silly son scampers pell-mell about the house gathering more playthings to add to his pile, Dad's frustration causes him to change into a pointy-toothed shark while Mom becomes a purple octopus sporting a pearl bracelet. The array of items that is heaped into the tub runs the gamut from the typical-rubber duck, frog, and boats-to the more bizarre-noodle strainer, eggbeater, and funnel. Beginning with endpapers that show a shower curtain emblazoned with yellow ducks, the colorful, computer-generated artwork is eye-catching. Children will get a laugh out of this story told in rhyme-and maybe a few ideas.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
As the tub fills, a pop-eyed, rubber-limbed lad dashes madly about the house, gathering waterproof toys: "I throw one ducky in my tubby. / He’s the only ducky I own. / I add his windup froggy friend / so he won’t be all alone." That’s just the beginning—but all the eagerness is deceptive, for by the time his parents run out of patience, "the tub is crammed so full of toys / there’s not a spot for me!" Perched atop a pile of sudsy playthings, he doesn’t seem particularly disappointed—no King Bidgood he. Computer-generated and wildly exaggerated, the art is as goofy as the concept. Daddy becomes a shark, Mom, an octopus, so when she points her finger, well, it has suckers on it along with a pearl bracelet. Eventually, when the boy has run out of toys, she produces her funnel, it’s "the best!" The final two scenes include his bare-bottomed march up his fire-engine ladder, set at an angled perspective to cover two pages. And when he’s arrived at the top, readers will have to wait while listeners pick out everything they’ve seen collected, noting the original duck nesting in the boy’s hair. Pair this energetic children’s debut with other tales of young procrastinators like Peggy Rathmann’s 10 Minutes Till Bedtime (1998). (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582460666
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2002

    Our Favorite!!!

    This is the family favorite. We absolutely are nuts for it! Very funny and upbeat with wonderful, zany pictures.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2002

    Makes a GREAT GIFT!

    This book is a winner! I'm buying extra copies to give as gifts to my nieces and nephews! Adorable illustrations and engaging rhyme!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2002

    A hilarious book!

    I couldn't resist the cover of this book -- and the story itself soon drew me in. A fun rhyming book about all the fun one can have at bath time -- with just a little imagination. Humorous through and through with wonderful illustrations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2002

    Totally and Utterly IRRESISTIBLE!!!!!

    My kids adore this quirky, fun and funny picture book--and ask to read it again and again (luckily, I love it also--so it's a pleasure!)! Both story and illustrations are INCREDIBLE.

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