ELLIOT’S BATH by Andrea Beck


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Age Range: 2 - 5
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Several stuffed animals run into a problem when Socks the monkey inadvertently spills paint on herself and on Elliot the plush moose. While trying to wash it off in the sink, Elliot and Socks find themselves waterlogged and unable to climb out without help. Then they must puzzle out how to get dry before curtain time for their evening performance in the toys' talent show. Their friends' attempts at drying them include rolling them in towels and turning an electric hair dryer on the wet toys, but nothing works until Elliot hits on the solution of attaching himself and Socks to the clothesline to dry out in the sun. The show goes on as planned. The stuffed animals are gently appealing and variously textured in the pencil crayon illustrations, but neither the mild story nor the pictures give Elliot or his friends much in the way of distinctive personalities. This is the fourth book about these characters by Beck (Elliot's Shipwreck, not reviewed, etc.), who based Elliot on a favorite creation from her plush toy company. Fans of the books will not be disappointed, but there's not much else to recommend. (Picture book. 2-5)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2001
ISBN: 1-55074-802-5
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Kids Can
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2001


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