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 Monster in the bathhouse
 Author: Merabian, Sina

 Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (2022)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [31] p., col. ill., 28 cm

 BTSB No: 637919 ISBN: 9781534496828
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Nawruz (Festival) -- Fiction
 New Year -- Fiction
 Monsters -- Fiction
 Bathhouses -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

In an Iranian bathhouse on the eve of Nowruz, three boys suspect a Div--a monster--is wreaking havoc on their New Year preparations.

 Illustrator: Merabian, Sina

   School Library Journal (12/01/21)
 The Hornbook (00/03/22)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 12/01/2021 K-Gr 2—There is a Div (Persian monster) threatening to ruin Nowruz (the new year) in the bathhouse. A group of friends think they have seen the Div and warn their fathers, who in turn find only a small cat walking through the beautiful building—giving everyone a good laugh. Soft, colorful illustrations, punctuated by bright reds, complement the narrative that introduces Nowruz, including its rituals. The beautifully illustrated architecture and decor of the bathhouse provide an ideal setting for the excitement and rituals of holiday preparation. For readers celebrating Nowruz, this book is a fun way to get excited for the new year, with a thrilling Div tale. For readers unfamiliar with it, Merabian provides a brief summary, its traditions, and how this tale fits in with Persian storytelling. VERDICT For libraries looking to expand juvenile architecture or holiday collections, this tale fills a niche.—Jessica Schriver, Rutgers Univ., Camden, NJ - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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