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Scrubba Dub


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Nancy Van Laan has written many books perfect for reading aloud, including So Say the Little Monkeys; Little Fish, Lost; With a Whoop and a Holler, an American Library Association Notable Book; and the 1990 Parents' Choice Award winner, Possum Come a-Knockin'. She lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Bernadette Pons lives in Paris with her husband and three daughters. She also illustrated Scrubba Dub, Nancy Van Laan's companion volume to Tickle Tum!


PreS-K-"Ewww yuck/sticka stuck!" So begins this sequel to Tickle Tum! (Atheneum, 2001). This time, mama bunny is giving little bunny a bath, or trying to. Toddlers will enjoy chanting along to rhymes like, "Skootch down/scrunch your eyes/rinsa-rinse away./Tippitta dippitta tugboat toots./Yahoo! Time to play." Pons's bubbly pictures done in watercolor and soft pastels perfectly portray the young rabbit's tubtime antics. A few of the verses may not roll easily off readers' tongues at first, but repeat readings will make this a bedtime favorite. All in all, libraries should not be surprised if this book comes back with a few damp pages.-Bina Williams, Bridgeport Public Library, CT Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

This tale does for bathtime what these collaborators' previous Tickle Tum! did for mealtime. The bunny baby has grown rather messy-or, as Van Laan so eloquently phrases it, "Ewww yuck/ sticka stuck!" The situation calls for a good "scrubba dub dubba." The author once again shows her fluency in the patois of the nursery: "Washy nosie/ washy toesies/ washy anything/ that growsies." Pons's generously scaled pictures stay in step with her collaborator's giddy, bubbly fun. With gentle humor, the artist, working in watercolors and pastels of mauve, aqua and apricot, underscores the bond between mother and child. Author and illustrator understand that no bathtime is complete without a dramatic and total underwater submergence, the elaborate pouring of water into a too-small receptacle and the sculpting of a fetching "bubblesome doo" (a shampoo-shaped coiffure). "Pull out the drain plug,/ round the toys twirl" signals the end of the entertainment, and the bathroom is left a soapy, soppy mess. But who cares? Well, from her distressed look, it's clear Mama Bunny does-but she gives her happy toddler a snug towel hug nonetheless. Ages 3-6. (Mar.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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