I’m Terrified of Bath Time

Little, Brown. Apr. 2022. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780316628334.
PreS-Gr 1–Be a hero to households where bath time is a terror and keep this book on the shelves. This cute and imaginative story personifies the bathtub by making eyes of the hot and cold handles, nose of the faucet, and ears of the shower head. The bathtub speaks to the painful life it experiences each night it hears those famous words, “It’s time for your bath.” The author does a masterful job giving this object a voice. The illustrations bring the tub and its friends to life, showering readers with colorful images of bath times gone wrong and playful moments of a young child learning to relax and enjoy the water. The juxtaposition of black-and-white pages of the horrors of bath time with colorful pages will make an even greater splash with readers.
VERDICT A supplementary purchase. By the end of the story, a joyful child and fearless tub have given readers a refreshing tale with that flows effortlessly into a new era of pure friendship.

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