RUB-A-DUB-DUB, WHO'S IN THE TUB? by Jun Takabatake


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Age Range: 2 - 6
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 The first book to be published here by a winner of the Bologna Graphics Prize is an entertaining cumulative bathtime romp--Japanese-style. ``Rub-a-dub-dub''--a naked little boy scrubs a mound of suds on a broad floor, then rinses it under a free-standing shower to reveal an alligator. In the next spread, the gator's in the nearby tub and the boy's sudsing a frothy shape that sluices off to reveal a gorilla. A rhinoceros, three birds, a frog, and a snake follow to crowd the tub, but an elephant is one too many; moreover, his suds land on the others, but not to worry--he uses his trunk to shower them again, and it's ``Time to get out...'' Toddlers intrigued with identifying the animals under their mantles of bubbles probably won't worry about different bathing customs. The illustrations--delicate pen lines outlining simple forms in flat color, featuring the big pink tub on a field of yellow and gold--are quietly comic and handsomely designed. (Picture book. 2-6)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-8118-0518-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Chronicle
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 1993


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