Sunday, March 11, 2012
Children's Book Review: Tub Toys
Written by: Terry Miller Shannon & Timothy Warner
Illustrated by: Lee Calderon
Published by: Tricycle Press, 2002
The water's running, bubbles bubbling, time to grab some toys. One duck, two trucks, three bottles...how much can a tub hold? Even the bath-shy will relish the rambunctious rhymes in this ballad of a bubble-loving bather and his over-the-top attempts to assemble his army of toys. Good to the last -- surprise -- drop.
-- Perfect for luring hesitant bathers to the bath
-- Promising first-time illustrator
* Who doesn't love tub time?! Ummm, me??!! The kids love when daddy oversees bath time because, well, he actually lets them take a bath! Me, I'm all about business. Get 'em in, get 'em clean, and get 'em out! Of course, this is weeknights after getting my daughter to finish her homework and before I attempt to get dinner on the table in a timely manner. So, my kids probably found this book a little hard to relate to. This was a cute story, told in rhyme, about a little boy getting ready to take a bath. Somehow, more and more toys keep getting added to the tub. For a first time illustrator, Lee Calderon has done a great job of creating bright, engaging pictures. The kids were laughing at the picture of the boy's nude behind, because of course, aren't butts funny?!! Overall, a cute story about a part of the day that (most!) kids can relate to!
Family Rating: 1 thumb up.