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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"Take Me Out to the



"I've Been Working on the


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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689829031
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication date: 05/28/2001
Edition description: 1 ED
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 174,439
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 2 - 6 Years

About the Author

Alan Katz has been a print and television comedy writer for more than twenty years. In addition to being a multiple Emmy nominee for his work on The Rosie O’Donnell Show and Disney’s Raw Toonage, he has written for children’s programming on Nickelodeon, ABC Television, Warner Brothers Animation’s Taz-Mania, and many others. Alan is the author of several adult humor books; he has written humorous essays for The New York Times and other publications. Alan lives in Weston, Connecticut, with his journalist wife, Rose, and their children Simone, Andrew, Nathan, and David. Visit him online at AlanKatzBooks.com.

David Catrow is the illustrator of numerous notable books for children, including the other Silly Dilly books, as well as Kathryn Lasky's She's Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head!, which was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year. Mr. Catrow is also a nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist whose work appears in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Sun-Times, as well as in nine hundred other newspapers. He lives in Springfield, Ohio.

Reading Group Guide

A Reading & Activity Guide to


All written by Alan Katz; illustrated by David Catrow

  1. Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs. 2001.
  2. I’m Still Here in the Bathtub; Brand New Silly Dilly Songs. 2003.
  3. Where Did They Hide My Presents? Silly Dilly Christmas Songs. 2005.
  4. Are You Quite Polite? Silly Dilly Manners Songs. 2006.
  5. Smelly Locker; Silly Dilly School Songs. 2008.
  6. On Top of the Potty and Other Get-Up-And-Go Songs. 2008.
  7. Going, Going, Gone! And Other Silly Dilly Sports Songs. 2009
  8. Too Much Kissing! And Other Silly Dilly Songs About Parents. 2010.
  9. Mosquitoes Are Ruining My Summer! And Other Silly Dilly Camp Songs. 2011.


Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs

1. What are some of the ordinary familiar moments at home that the author, Alan Katz, turns into Silly Dilly songs in Take Me Out of the Bathtub?

2. Why do you think the author calls these songs “silly dilly” songs?

I’m Still Here in the Bathtub; Brand New Silly Dilly Songs

3. In some songs in I’m Still Here in the Bathtub, the author, Alan Katz, “parodies” the usual lyrics of the song. For example, he uses “He’s got the whole beach in his pants” instead of “He’s got the whole world in his hands.” That’s called a “parody.” Can you locate other examples of this kind of parody?

4. In “The Meals at My Camp,” the illustrator, David Catrow, shows an unusual creature made of several different animals and foods running from a camp. Which foods can you identify in the picture and the song? Have you ever had “yucky” foods at camp?

Where Did They Hide My Presents? Silly Dilly Christmas Songs

5. What does Katz warn us to beware of in the Silly Dilly song, “There Are Lots of Things I Will Warn ‘Bout Christmas” in Where Did They Hide My Presents? Silly Dilly Christmas Songs?

6. Which activity do you like better, trimming the Christmas tree (“Twim the Twee”) or looking through catalogs (“Toy Catalogs”)? Why? Does the Silly Dilly song help you decide? Which is worse, freezing while caroling (“We’re Caroling”) or getting stuck in Christmas crowds (“Pick Me Up!”)? Why? Does the Silly Dilly song remind you of your experiences with caroling or crowds?

Are You Quite Polite? Silly Dilly Manners Songs

7. In Are You Quite Polite? Silly Dilly Manners Songs, the author features proper behavior in several situations: at home, at school, at the dinner table, at a birthday party, and in the library. Which situation is the most challenging for you to remember your manners? Which Silly Dilly songs reflect which situation (home, school, dinner, parties, the library)? Can you match them?

8. Which of the Silly Dilly poems in Are You Quite Polite? shows us how good manners can help stop germs from spreading and keep everyone more healthy?

9. In “Rules, Rules, Rules,” the Silly Dilly song includes many, many things we should not do. Do you agree with the last line of the poem? Does following rules mean not having fun? Does being a kid mean having no rules?

Smelly Locker; Silly Dilly School Songs

10. Sometimes the author turns the tables and it’s the grown ups who are being Silly Dilly. Who is getting all the advice in “Tomorrow Is Our Class Picture Day!”?

11. Which school topics does the author include in this collection of Silly Dilly songs, Smelly Locker; Silly Dilly School Songs? Which of these school experiences have you had (lockers, backpacks, tests, homework, hall passes, band, picture day, lunch, lost and found, recess, math, passing notes, oral reports)? Which were good experiences and which were not-so-good?

On Top of the Potty and Other Get-Up-And-Go Songs

12. When you think back about being very small or remember how younger brothers or sister behave, what do you think is the most difficult part about learning to use the potty? Which challenges does Katz include in the Silly Dilly songs in On Top of the Potty and Other Get-Up-And-Go Songs?

13. In the poem, “Scrub, Scrub, Scrub Your Hands,” the poet reminds us about the single most important thing we can do to help stop spreading germs. What is that?

Going, Going, Gone! And Other Silly Dilly Sports Songs

14. In Going, Going, Gone!, some of the songs are about winning at a sport, some about losing, and some about just trying it out. Which is the most interesting to you and why?

15. In “Tennis is a Complicated Sport,” the poet reminds us that each sport has its own terminology or lingo we have to learn as we learn the sport (like the meaning of “love,” “racket,” and “match” in tennis). Which sports terms can you identify in the other poems about other sports, such as baseball, soccer, swimming, archery, fishing, golfing, skating, cycling, football, or bowling?

Too Much Kissing! And Other Silly Dilly Songs About Parents

16. In several of the Silly Dilly songs in Too Much Kissing, especially “Mind Your Reminders,” we get a list of chores that kids are often responsible for. What do those usually include? Which are your responsibility?

17. There is a surprise at the end of “My Mother Just Rushes Through Bedtime.” Can you figure it out? Why do you think the author ended the song this way?

Mosquitoes Are Ruining My Summer! And Other Silly Dilly Camp Songs

18. What are some of the most hilarious and humorous experiences at summer camp that the author, Alan Katz, turns into Silly Dilly songs in Mosquitoes Are Ruining My Summer? Which are some of the most awful? Can awful experiences become hilarious? How?

19. Which Silly Dilly camp songs start with a good feeling or happy experience, but then end with a surprise twist?

20. In the title Silly Dilly song, “Mosquitoes are Ruining My Summer,” what finally helps prevent mosquito bites? And what “side effects” occur?



The Silly Dilly collection is based on songs, so start by singing them! If you don’t know the tunes designated for each Silly Dilly song, ask a grown up or research it on the Internet. See if you can locate the sheet music for some of the song tunes and find someone who can play the tune on the piano (or another instrument). Ask a music teacher about adding percussion instruments (tambourine, triangle, etc.) to a sing-along of Silly Dilly songs.

If you want to go all the way, make a list of all the song tunes used in the Silly Dilly songs and make up more Silly Dilly songs of your own to accompany the familiar song tunes.


Once you’ve gotten some practice actually singing Silly Dilly songs, plan a performance of some of your favorites for the audience of your choice. Different kids can each choose a different song to practice and perform, alone, with a partner or in small groups; with percussion instruments or homemade Silly Dilly instruments (ala a Stomp concert). Practice by singing along with three of the Silly Dilly books available as unabridged audiobooks (on CD) from Brilliance Audio. This includes:

  • Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs
  • I’m Still Here in the Bathtub; Brand New Silly Dilly Songs
  • Mosquitoes Are Ruining My Summer! And Other Silly Dilly Camp Songs

Each CD has all 14 Silly Dilly songs for each book along with vocals, and 14 more tracks without vocals so kids can sing along to the music, including a lyrics booklet. You can download an audio sample of the title poems from each of these three books here:


As an extra bonus, work with a special education teacher or sign language interpreter to add motions or American Sign Language (ASL) to your performance.


If you’re singing Silly Dilly songs or even performing them for an audience, it’s time to record it. Make a video, podcast, or PowerPoint presentation of your Silly Dilly singing. Share it via the school or library web site or on TeacherTube or YouTube. Or consider creating a digital trailer of your favorite Silly Dilly song with images that reflect the words of the song and add an audiotrack of your singing the Silly Dilly song. Here is a short video for the Silly Dilly song “The Yogurt Flies Straight From my Brother” from Take Me Out of the Bathtub: http://tinyurl.com/6a744bw

And here is a short video created by the publisher featuring the author Alan Katz:


If you enjoy singing Silly Dilly songs, you may like making up your own Silly Dilly songs. Here are a few of the basic ingredients in Alan Katz’s Silly Dilly songbooks (try one or two):

  • Turn ordinary familiar moments into Silly Dilly songs.
  • Try a parody of a familiar song lyric or rhyme.
  • Start by listing good things, then list bad things (or reverse that).
  • Finish with a surprise ending.
  • Think about listing warnings, cautions or rules.

Alan Katz takes familiar moments at home like taking a bath, changing the TV channel, or having a babysitter and turns them into Silly Dilly songs. Identify other after-school experiences that could be turned into Silly Dilly songs. Work with a partner or as a whole group to brainstorm the topic, choose a song tune, make a list of details, write 2-3 stanzas, and fit the words to the rhythm of your chosen song tune. (Don’t necessarily worry about rhyming.) Then sing your new Silly Dilly song!


The illustrations of David Catrow fill the pages of ALL the Silly Dilly songbooks. His unique and distinctive style is strong on exaggeration, caricature, and expressive cartoon characters all in wild splashes of vivid color. Try your hand at imitating his art by creating a new cartoon scene for one of your favorite Silly Dilly songs (or a new Silly Dilly song of your own). To create your own kid Catrow Silly Dilly character, start with a lemon-shaped head, add a long skinny neck, plus a triangle-shaped body, thin arms, and short legs— the zanier the better.

Or try making paper plate faces based on Catrow’s characters to hold up while singing Silly Dilly songs aloud. Add googly eyes and wild and crazy yarn hair to the paper plate “masks” just for fun. Videotape and share your performance.


If you want to learn more about the Silly Dilly books, the author, Alan Katz, or the illustrator, David Catrow, there are several web site resources that are fun to check out. Look for these:

Author’s web site: http://www.alankatzbooks.com/

Illustrator’s web site: http://www.catrow.com/

Illustrator’s blog, The Think Bottle Blog: http://www.catrow.com/blog/

Consider creating your own Silly Dilly blog site to share your performances of Silly Dilly songs or your own original Silly Dilly songs.

Guide created by Sylvia M. Vardell, Ph.D. Professor at Texas Woman’s University’s School of Library & Information Studies. This reading group guide has been provided by Simon & Schuster for classroom, library, and reading group use. It may be reproduced in its entirety or excerpted for these purposes.

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Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
jerome25 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was a blast to read. The way the author made poems out of songs that we grew up on, you can easily get lost in this book. Instead of this being a book you just read, you always catch yourself singing along.My impression on this book was that I loved it. I was very involved while singing along with the poems. This book would be one of the first i would recommend to other people.To use this in a classroom would be easy for me. After reading the poems with the children, I would have copies of everything to pass out so they could sing along. I would stand in front of them with my guitar and play while they sing.
kdhayes06 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: This is a collection of funny poems involving children. Each poem is set to a well-known children¿s song. ¿Bobby, Put the TV ON,¿ is set to the song, ¿Polly Put the Kettle ON.¿ In this poem a brother and sister are fighting over what channel to watch, in walks dad and he knows just what to do. He turns it to sports on channel 22.Personal Response: This is a great, silly book of poems. It is sure to make adults and children alike laugh. If you are a parent I¿m sure you can find more than one to relate to. Children will see themselves in many.Classroom Extension: Writing-Have the class pick a song for the rhythm then write a short poem about their class and friends.Art-Individual students can draw illustrations to go with their part of the poem. Music- Might be fun for the students to sing the new poem about their class.
KaraCalderon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary:This is a collection of silly poems that kids will love. Each one is set to a classic song so the rhythm should be familiar. The title one "take me out of the bathtub" is set to "take me out to a ballgame". Each one has a crazy illustration to go along with. Personal Reaction:I think this is a great way to get students to read or sing poetry. The pictures are awesome and hilarious, and sometimes just gross. The kids will get a good laugh or be grossed out on the pictures, and poems that go along with.Classroom Extensions:1. Assign the kids an easy song like row row row your boat, and have them come up with their own silly words.2. Have them draw a silly picture like in the book.
Nikelle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: The poems in this book are children's songs rewritten as silly poems. They have the title of the tune under the new title of the poem.Personal Reflection: The poems were really fun and cute. I believe it will fun for kids and they will be able to really get into it because they are said to the tune of some of their favorite songs. the poems also have bright, colorful, funny pictures that go with each poem and make them even easier to enjoy.Classroom Extension Ideas:1. As a class, pick another children's song and rewrite it into our own poem.2. Let the children choose their favorite poem out of the book and draw their own illustration to it.
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.