¡Al agua Tila!

Editorial Destellos. May 2024. 32p. Board $15. ISBN 9781958479186. SP.
PreS-Gr 1–After Renata gets ready for the day, she can’t help but take a whiff of her smelly cat, Tila. She cries out to her mom that her beloved pet needs a bath. When her mom informs her that cats don’t get baths, her imagination runs wild as to why. Would Tila shrink in the water? Would she lose her color or multiply? Would Tila become a cat of the sea or wash away her stripes? Renata comes upon Tila, purring and licking away at her fur. Now she finally understands what her mom meant. Tila is not given a bath, she gives herself a bath! This is a silly book that will be a great read-aloud for children who don’t like taking those pesky baths! The narrator’s active imagination and curiosity are reflected in the illustrations. Renata and Tila are quite the characters, and young readers will smile at their antics. The dynamic design ranges from comics-style spreads to close-ups of Renata’s expressive face. The settings change as the little girl tries to solve the puzzle, including the ocean that the feline swims in and the cityscape a giant Tila towers over. The pastel palette may aid in getting little ones in the mindset for bathtime—if they can stop giggling.
VERDICT A great story to encourage early readers to think outside the box.

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