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The Treasure Bath
     

The Treasure Bath

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by Dan Andreasen
 

Have you ever wondered what lies beneath the bubbles in the bathtub? Embark on a magical journey with a little boy as he explores a creature-filled world beneath the sea.

This wordless picture book for the very young is full of imagination and surprise. Never has bath time been such a thrilling (and soapy!) adventure.

Overview

Have you ever wondered what lies beneath the bubbles in the bathtub? Embark on a magical journey with a little boy as he explores a creature-filled world beneath the sea.

This wordless picture book for the very young is full of imagination and surprise. Never has bath time been such a thrilling (and soapy!) adventure.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Andreasen's bright illustrations pop from the page and do a great job of telling the story. The youngest patrons will enjoy telling their own version of this tale during a lap sit.” —School Library Journal

“The oil-on-bristol-board illustrations are big and clear, and the emotional swing from fun to disappointment and back again will feel close to home for the lap-sit crowd.” —Booklist

“A playful bedtime treat, especially for those too fidgety for text-heavy tales.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Andreasen borrows motifs from comic-book art--extra gleam on objects, squared-off, blunt-cut hair and the humans' doll-like postures--and combines them with Disney-esque cheer to create amiable scenarios with just a hint of irony.” —Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly
In Andreasen's (The Baker's Dozen) wordless double-page spreads, a wide-eyed boy's evening bath turns into an underwater adventure fantasy. Spattered with cake batter after helping in the kitchen, the boy finds himself in the tub, pushing his toy tugboat listlessly across the suds—clearly, he'd rather be somewhere else. But suddenly colorful fish leap from the water and lead him to the bottom of the tub (now the bottom of the ocean), where a map points the way to a treasure chest filled with soap and shampoo. In the next spread, an energetic octopus scrubs the boy's head while an eel holds him firmly in place. The experience doesn't appear to make a convert of the boy; squeaky clean, he scolds the sea creatures before reappearing in the tub looking rather stunned (though he is plenty excited about the piece of cake that awaits him). Andreasen borrows motifs from comic-book art—extra gleam on objects, squared-off, blunt-cut hair and the humans' doll-like postures—and combines them with Disney-esque cheer to create amiable scenarios with just a hint of irony. Ages 2–6. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Our young hero's enthusiastic mixing of a chocolate cake necessitates a trip to the bathtub after the cake goes in the oven. On a series of wordless double pages, we follow him on a magical adventure with the fish under the suds. There he finds a treasure map to a chest filled with soap, shampoo, and sponges. An octopus soaps and scrubs him. Not very happy at this, he rises back to reality through the bubbles to find his mother waiting with a towel. Freshly clad in his pajamas, he cheerfully joins her for a piece of the cake, complete with icing, cherry, and a glass of milk. There is a simple solidity to the oil painted illustrations of people and objects, the mixer and the stove, the bathtub with toy boat. Andreasen also fills the end and double pages with a variety of fish and other sea creatures, all of which play with the boy, smiling as the octopus shampoos. Mother and son are a bit cartoon-y, with large heads and bulging eyes. Readers will want to join them at the table. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS—In this wordless book, a little boy reluctantly takes a bath only to discover that his imagination has turned the water in his tub into the ocean. Swimming among the fish, he finds a map, and with the help of the sea creatures, finds a treasure chest with surprising contents. He is then scrubbed clean by an octopus while a smiling whale watches. Andreasen's bright illustrations pop from the page and do a great job of telling the story. The youngest patrons will enjoy telling their own version of this tale during a lap sit.—Katie Cerasale-Messina, AC Whelan Elementary School, Revere, MA
Kirkus Reviews
In this wet and wordless adventure, a button-nosed little boy makes a cake with his mother, gets messy and needs a bath. He sulks, his dream of cake dissapointingly deferred. But his bath proves more interesting than he thought when a few fish leap around and draw his attention underneath the bubbly surface. The boy discovers a magical sea world and a map that leads him to a treasure chest. Then, in a humourous twist, he sees the chest is not filled with "treasure," but shampoo. After an orange octopus gives him a good wash, he finds his mother waiting at the surface with a towel and eventually that piece of just-baked cake. Though some readers might feel a bit let down by finding only bath products in the chest, the cake makes up for it and so does Andreasen's cuddly, expressive artwork. The visual narrative is clear enough for the very young, yet complex enough for slightly older audiences. A playful bedtime treat, especially for those too fidgety for text-heavy tales. (Picture book. 2-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805086867
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
08/18/2009
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
2 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

DAN ANDREASEN has illustrated many children's books, including Firebears, the Rescue Team.He has also written and illustrated several books, including The Giant of Seville and The Baker's Dozen. He lives in Medina, Ohio, with his family.

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The Treasure Bath 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
7957 More than 1 year ago
I love this one so much!!!! Now I got the book and I like it very much more!!!! You should get this book!!!!