Westaway, Kylie A Whale in the Bathtub Clarion (Houghton Mifflin), 2016. $16.99. PICTURE BOOK
A little boy is sent to take a bath but can’t complete his chore as he discovers a whale in the bathtub. He tries to reason with it numerous times and keeps trying to tell his family, who don’t believe him. Will he ever get a bath or will his family finally believe him.
This is a cute book that features a determined boy, but there isn’t really a point to the story. Now that being said, a story for entertainment is totally great, but this one wasn’t very funny or interesting. Its not a boy who cried wolf story, nor does it have any kind of lesson that I can discern. The artwork feels very 1950s-1960ish, which I don’t care for.
EL(K-3) –OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.