Sunday, March 11, 2012

Children's Book Review: Tub Toys

Tub Toys

Tub Toys
Written by:  Terry Miller Shannon & Timothy Warner
Illustrated by: Lee Calderon
Published by: Tricycle Press, 2002
32 pages

The water's running, bubbles bubbling, time to grab some toys. One duck, two trucks, three 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.

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