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Title:
Tub toys
Author:
Shannon, Terry Miller, 1951-
Publication Information:
Berkley, CA : Tricycle Press, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Summary:
When his father calls out "Bath time, " a young boy starts gathering all of the toys that will make his bathing fun.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.5 0.5 63512.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.7 1 Quiz: 41902.
ISBN:
9781582460666
Format :
Book

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Summary

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


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Publisher's Weekly Review

With a passion approaching that of Ernie for his rubber ducky, the young narrator extols the joys of trotting out so many tub toys at bathtime that "there's not a spot for me!" As ablution accoutrements accumulate, first-time illustrator Calderon's digital pictures employ the kind of exaggerated, plasticine-textured characterizations (complete with oversize heads), vertiginous perspectives (one of which displays the narrator's skinny rear to great comic effect) and vaguely retro gestalt that will make fans of Nickelodeon animation feel right at home. Among the many sight gags are the boy's Rube Goldberg-like contraptions; he uses a toy crane to lower his "windup froggy friend" into the drink and devises an elaborate conveyor belt to ease the embarkation of the rest of his animal figures (as well as the family dog). In rhyming text, Shannon and Warner, a mother/son team also making their children's book debut, alternate between enumerating ever-escalating groups of toys and adding in the child's last-minute inspirations ("Four blocks fall through the foam, / And I can't forget my astronaut/ inside his spaceship home"), so that readers can't keep track any better than the narrator. Ultimately, the words, set in a bouncy, 1960s-styled typeface, function more as visual punctuation than narrative engine anyway it's in Calderon's over-the-top pictures that the fun runneth over. Ages 4-7. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-A bug-eyed boy appears to be eager to have an evening soak. As soon as his father calls out "Bath time!," the child is off and running. However, it soon becomes clear that his enthusiasm lies not in taking a bath, but in filling the tub until it "is crammed so full of toys/there's not a spot for me!" As their silly son scampers pell-mell about the house gathering more playthings to add to his pile, Dad's frustration causes him to change into a pointy-toothed shark while Mom becomes a purple octopus sporting a pearl bracelet. The array of items that is heaped into the tub runs the gamut from the typical-rubber duck, frog, and boats-to the more bizarre-noodle strainer, eggbeater, and funnel. Beginning with endpapers that show a shower curtain emblazoned with yellow ducks, the colorful, computer-generated artwork is eye-catching. Children will get a laugh out of this story told in rhyme-and maybe a few ideas.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.