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 Whale in the bathtub
 Author: Westaway, Kylie

 Illustrator: Jellett, Tom

 Publisher:  Clarion
 Pub Year: 2016

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [33] p., col. ill., 23 x 28 cm.

 BTSB No: 936382 ISBN: 9780544535350
 Ages: 4-7 Grades: K-2

 Subjects:
 Whales -- Fiction
 Baths -- Fiction
 Family life -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction

Price: $20.01

Summary:
Bruno, who is known for his imaginative tales, is unable to convince his family that he is really trying to take his bath, but the whale in the tub refuses to leave.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.30
   Points: .5   Quiz: 182442
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: K-2
   Reading Level: 1.20
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 67295

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (04/15/16)
   School Library Journal (05/01/16)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 05/01/2016 PreS-Gr 2—Bruno has a "whale" of a problem lying in his bathtub: a demanding, self-absorbed blue whale who prefers warm bath water to the ocean and would rather have krill-scented bubble bath than Bruno's bubble-gum scented one. Each time the boy attempts to take his bath, the whale hogs the tub and kicks Bruno out to contend with his skeptical parents and siblings, who cannot fathom such a ludicrous whale tale at bath time. Just as he is about to get into even worse trouble, Bruno's big new friend comes up with a king-size idea to give him the best kind of cleaning—all with the splash of his tail. Jellett's quirky, retro illustrations present an untidy-looking Bruno with scribbly red cheeks and scraggly hair, suiting the delightful absurdity of the story perfectly. The whale is presented in parts, rather than whole: initially with a single eye and mouth, next with a massive flipper, and altogether just oddly distorted. This clearly demonstrates that whales are simply too big to fit entirely in any bathtub. Younger children will appreciate what it means to present implausible obstacles at bath time, while older ones might ponder the more practical matter of how much bigger a standard-size whale is compared to a typical tub. - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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