PreS-Gr 2 A visually appealing, but simultaneously confusing and frustrating book that lacks coherent definition of purpose and meaningful synchronization of text and illustrations. On one hand, it is a humorous picture book following the antics of Penguin and his whimsical companions as they scrub and splash in the bath. The cartoon-like pencil and watercolor wash drawings of expressive anthropomorphized animals would certainly appeal to infants and toddlers. However, the text quickly departs from the introductory bantering tone: ``Baths are great! They're warm and wet. And bubbly and wrinkly. They even get you clean.'' The authors then pose informational questions, such as ``Why does the water go up when you get in?'' or ``Why do some soaps float?,'' which they answer in fairly lengthy, sophisticated prose. At this point, the illustrations fail to clarify the elementary scientific concepts introduced in the text, instead continuing the loose narrative of the animals' bathtime. While the questions about water, soap, vapor, and bubbles might be asked by children, the vocabulary and information provided are not given enough explanation for the intended audience through the illustrations. Pamela Miller Ness, The Fenn School, Concord, Mass.