Reviews for Bubble Bath Pirates


Horn Book Guide Reviews 2003 Fall
As a jovial mother herds her two sons into the bathtub, they answer her instructions with pirate lingo. For example, they shout, ""Shiver me timbers!"" when she reminds them to wash their backs. This bath time is almost too easy, until the boys escape and raid the refrigerator. The illustrations, with their textured expanses of bubbles, are appropriately bold and full of movement. Copyright 2003 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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Kirkus Reviews 2003 January #1
Krosoczka, who's had such fun with Good Night, Monkey Boy! (2001) and Baghead (2002), conducts readers through a piratical bath time in what might be considered a bathing primer for the very young. By way of great, billowy illustrations, a mother-known here as pirate mommy-gets her two little pirates into the tub by demanding that they walk the plank (and it doesn't hurt that the tub can be measured in terms of acreage, rather than the typical puny variety). "Don't forget to scrub under your arms," pleads the pirate mommy; forget that such a comment seems unlikely in the company of pirates: "Ahoy! Our arms be ticklish!" scream the miscreants in return. The little pirates get to say "Blimey!" and "Shiver me timbers!" as their mother scrubs like mad, then they race to the kitchen for some treasure-ice cream straight from the container, much of it administered to the area around the mouth. Bathing rituals are never hurt by a dose of invention, though this could well be a one-time exchange: a good idea that kids will want to throw their own twist upon. (Picture book. 2-4) Copyright Kirkus 2003 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2002 November #4
"Yo ho, yo ho, it's off to the bath we go!" shout the titular budding buccaneer brothers. Their mother, no fool, plays right along: "Walk the plank!" she orders her now-naked (except for pirate headgear) charges, pointing to the frothy tub. Working in the thick, color-saturated acrylics of his previous book Baghead, Krosoczka stretches the watery playground across the gutter, and makes the bubbly tub's surface as wavy and wild as the high seas. The bathers themselves embody the snips-and-snails-and-puppy-dog-tails definition of boy, their oversize heads sporting ear-to-ear grins. They jubilantly spout pirate lingo, while their sidekick, a menacing teeth-baring, eye patch-sporting rubber ducky, looks on. A hair wash by the "mommy pirate" doesn't strike the boys as worthy of two hardened sea rovers ("Blimey!" they grimace), but they carry out the rest of their bathing duties with swashbuckling aplomb, then scamper into the kitchen to claim their treasure: ice cream, eaten straight from the container. Ages 2-5. (Mar.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2003 June
PreS-Gr 2-A jolly "pirate mommy" turns bath time into an excursion at sea as mounds of bubbles create a foaming main for her two sons caught up in pirate fantasies. Even their snarly rubber ducky sports a black eye patch, and the only time the boys look downcast is when they remove their headgear for a hair wash. They don't stay clean long, though, because their reward is ice cream scooped straight from cartons. The unvarying call and response of the text becomes tedious, and the vividly colored illustrations include some jarring elements-the people are almost caricatures (their faces are dominated by large mouths with lots of teeth). Still, fans of Krosoczka's Good Night, Monkey Boy (Knopf, 2001) will enjoy this title as a kind of bedtime companion piece, and it may be considered where there is a need for books with this theme. A more sustained, imaginative bath excursion can be found in Jerry Pallotta's Dory Story (Charlesbridge, 2000), and Simon Puttock's Squeaky Clean (Little, Brown, 2002) offers an exuberant and appealing family of pigs enjoying their bath-time bubbles.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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