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|The Bulletin Dozen is a monthly
theme-based booklist available as an online-only Bulletin
feature. Since we're awfully fond of bakers here at the Bulletin,
we thought we'd adopt their philosophy of generosity and throw in an
extra one or two when we have them to offer--so don't expect an even
dozen. Please feel free to copy, download, or link to these lists. We
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Rub a Dub Dub: A Bath Time Dozen
--selected by Kate Quealy-Gainer, Assistant Editor
When the holiday rush gets too stressful, why not indulge in a nice
relaxing bath? Granted, some of these bath time tales are more
rousing than relaxing, but each has its own unique (and sparkly clean)
David F. The Raggly, Scraggly, No-Soap, No-Scrub Girl; illus. by guy
Porfirio. Lothrop, Lee, and Shepard Books, 1995.
When a farm
family welcomes a filthy girl in from a dust storm, they get more than
their share of dirt as they try to get the grimy gal into a bath.
Energetic illustrations in ink and watercolor add to this folktale’s
mischievous tone. (BCCB 09/95)
- Bruel, Nick. Bad Kitty Gets a
Bath; written and illus. by Nick Bruel. Roaring Brook, 2008.
HATE BATHS. Unfortunately, when kitty is chased into the garbage by a
naughty dog, her owner has no choice but to douse the feline in sudsy
water – and hopefully avoid any serious bloodshed. (BCCB
- Krosoczka, Jarret. Bubble Bath
Pirates; written and illus. by Jarret Krosocczka. Viking, 2003.
mommy calls for bath time, two swashbuckling tykes joyfully walk the
plank before escaping their soapy fate to hunt for buried treasure (ice
cream) in the kitchen. (BCCB
- McNeil, Florence. Sail Away;
illus. by David McPhail. Orca, 2000.
An imaginative young boy
enlists the help of his stuffed animals as he prepares his pirate ship
for adventures on the high seas of the bath tub. (BCCB 10/00)
- Meister, Cari. Tiny’s Bath;
illus. by Rich Davis. Viking, 1998.
Tiny is a big dog who loves
to get dirty but when it comes to taking a bath, his owner has hard
time finding a tub large enough to house this giant canine. (BCCB 04/99)
- Palatini, Margie. Tub-Boo-Boo;
illus. by Glin Dibley. Simon and Schuster, 2001.
gets his toe stuck in the bath tub drain, his mom, his dad, and even
the firefighter that tries to rescue them get trapped by the spigot as
well. (BCCB 10/01)
- Sis, Peter. Dinosaur!
Greenwillow Books, 2000.
Gouache illustrations tell the story
in this wordless book of a young boy’s adventures in the bath tub with
his toy dinosaur. (BCCB 06/00)
- Slangerup, Erik Jon. Dirt Boy;
illus. by John Manders. Whitman, 2000.
When Fister Farnello
runs away to avoid his most hated activity, bathing, he meets a giant
Dirt Man who hasn’t been in the tub for over a thousand years. (BCCB
- Stewart, Amber. Rabbit Ears;
illus. by Laura Rankin. Bloomsbury, 2006.
Hopscotch the rabbit
does not generally like washing his ears but when he sees his older
cousin doing just that, he decides he wants to be a big rabbit too.
- Timberlake, Amy. The Dirty
Cowboy; illus. by Adam Rex. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2003.
grimy, stinky cowboy finally takes a bath, his trusty dog doesn’t
recognize his clean scent and refuses to give back the cowboy’s
clothes. (BCCB 9/03)
- Van Laan, Nancy. ScrubbaDub;
illus. by Bernadette Pons. Atheneum, 2003.
uses playful rhyme and nonsense words to get her reluctant toddler
bunny into the tub, making for a lively, but still effective, bath
time. (BCCB 04/03)
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