PIPPIN TAKES A BATH by K.V. Johansen

PIPPIN TAKES A BATH

Age Range: 4 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Pippin and Mabel, a dog and a girl, respectively, will endear themselves and be instantly recognizable to any child who has ever tried to get a dog into a bathtub. Pippin likes to get intimate with mud puddles, but is not keen on washing up afterward. When Mabel tries to usher him into the tub, off he bolts, once to hide in the cattail muck, another time in the blackberry patch. Both times Pippin eludes his nemesis, both times Mabel gets even more filthy than her dog, and only one gets a bath. Just as the joke is beginning to grow stale, Pippin encounters the scent of a skunk. Suddenly a good soaking is a great idea’several soakings even better. Lighthearted, lightweight, Johansen’s story is well-paced and charming, while Lum’s watercolors dance with simplicity, conveying the affection between Pippin and Mabel in a few expressive lines. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1999
ISBN: 1-55074-627-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Kids Can
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 1999