Minich and Garcia’s (If I Could Climb Trees, 2017, etc.) adorable Nuggies series returns, this time with a puppy learning that bathtime can be fun.
When baby Chomper is naughty and gets into some very stinky trouble with a skunk, it’s time for a scrub. But the puppy hates baths. After his suit-wearing owner finally catches him and puts him in the water, Chomper is inspired by the toys in the tub to have imaginary adventures: diving in the ocean, sailing a ship, and surfing. As his caretaker dries him off, Chomper realizes that even when he despises something, he can turn it into an exuberant experience. This advice is likely to be more applicable to toddlers than puppies, and those young lap readers are clearly the target audience here. Garcia’s vibrant illustrations, with the round-headed puppy, plenty of colorful details in the backgrounds, and some delightfully painted smelly fumes, are certain to captivate toddlers. Minich has tailored his text perfectly, offering the pattern “Naughty... / So naughty... / Super naughty... / The naughtiest” and “Stinky... / Stinker! / Stink stink! / The stinkiest!” before finally concluding with “all freshened up! / so fresh! / Freshy fresh! / The Freshest!”
Lap readers will surely request this tale repeatedly and may even be encouraged by the canine’s positive attitude to try activities they dislike.