101 Reasons Why I’m Not Taking A Bath (Stacy McAnulty)

Hello, friends! Our book today is 101 Reasons Why I’m Not Taking A Bath, written by Stacy McAnulty and illustrated by Joy Ang, a fun book about a reluctant boy trying to negotiate his way out of bathtime.

Is it bathtime? No way! The little boy addressing the reader will NOT be taking a bath today, and he has plenty of reasons why; 101, in fact. He’s not even dirty, for one. Monsters live in the tub drain, for another (okay, he didn’t see them, but he HEARD them). None of his friends are taking baths, and he is allergic to soap. And on it goes, with the little boy exploring every avenue of negotiation to talk his way out of bathtime. But when he finally does get into his bubble bath, he realizes it may not be so bad… until it’s time to get out.

This was a fun book that anyone with bath-averse little ones will get a kick out of. The little boy’s reasons are increasingly silly and inane, and while the straightforward list-like nature of the text may not be as exciting for younger baby bookworms, it’s the type of comedy that slightly older kids eat right up. The illustrations fit the tone of the humor well, with exaggerated expressions and gestures that give us a sense of the theatricality of the little boy’s arguments. The length is good, and JJ enjoyed it fine. A funny, silly book about the universal struggle that is bathtime, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!


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