A young girl reluctant to quit her playing for the “boredom” of the bath imagines all sorts of adventures on her way to the tub.
As a snake, Livi slithers off the couch. Passing her blocks, she pictures the statue she will build. She does a cartwheel, suddenly a fantastic gymnast. Her sister’s music incites an impromptu show. Livi’s guinea pigs remind her that she needs to plan a new caper to take over the world, with their help, of course. And so it continues, all the way to the tub. Meanwhile, speech bubbles on the far–right-hand side of each spread allow readers to track Livi’s mother’s exasperation as she waits for her tyke to finally arrive. The phrases she uses are sure to be familiar to readers. Paraskevas’ brightly colored digital illustrations reveal a plucky girl with lots of personality. Livi may be small, but she knows what she wants, and her determination is to be admired, especially when her real-life skills don’t quite measure up to those of the Livi in her imagination. Pair this one with Christine Anderson and Steven Salerno’s Bedtime! (2005) to see what happens when another child doesn’t stop playing when she is supposed to be getting in the tub.
Readers will be thrilled with the ending—Maizes sets the stage for an encore for Livi, who suddenly sees that baths aren’t so boring after all: “I am a shark…” (Picture book. 3-6)