Reviews for Treasure Bath

Booklist Reviews 2009 June #1
In a wordless picture book just right for sharing with toddlers, a young kid has fun in the kitchen baking with his mom. He is not pleased, afterward, that he has to wash off the resulting chocolate mess in the bath, but then he discovers magic in the bathwater, including all kinds of fish that lead him to a map, which leads him to a big treasure chest, which is packed with soap and shampoo. The pictures show the blend between real and imagined worlds. In one image, an octopus washes the boy's hair, while a snake holds him still. Finally his mother is there with a towel, and dressed in clean pajamas, he enjoys his triumph: a slice of the delicious cake he helped bake. The oil-on-bristol-board illustrations are big and clear, and the emotional swing from fun to disappointment and back again will feel close to home for the lap-sit crowd. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Spring
A cake batter-smeared little boy is marched to the bathtub--and an adventure begins. He finds himself surrounded by fish, then he follows a treasure map and discovers a treasure chest (it's stuffed with soap, and the sea creatures give the boy a cleaning). Readers will stick with this fantasy, whose well-composed and fine-tuned oil-paint illustrations ably tell the wordless book's story. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2009 July #2
In this wet and wordless adventure, a button-nosed little boy makes a cake with his mother, gets messy and needs a bath. He sulks, his dream of cake dissapointingly deferred. But his bath proves more interesting than he thought when a few fish leap around and draw his attention underneath the bubbly surface. The boy discovers a magical sea world and a map that leads him to a treasure chest. Then, in a humourous twist, he sees the chest is not filled with "treasure," but shampoo. After an orange octopus gives him a good wash, he finds his mother waiting at the surface with a towel and eventually that piece of just-baked cake. Though some readers might feel a bit let down by finding only bath products in the chest, the cake makes up for it and so does Andreasen's cuddly, expressive artwork. The visual narrative is clear enough for the very young, yet complex enough for slightly older audiences. A playful bedtime treat, especially for those too fidgety for text-heavy tales. (Picture book. 2-5) Copyright Kirkus 2009 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2009 July #2

In Andreasen's (The Baker's Dozen) wordless double-page spreads, a wide-eyed boy's evening bath turns into an underwater adventure fantasy. Spattered with cake batter after helping in the kitchen, the boy finds himself in the tub, pushing his toy tugboat listlessly across the suds--clearly, he'd rather be somewhere else. But suddenly colorful fish leap from the water and lead him to the bottom of the tub (now the bottom of the ocean), where a map points the way to a treasure chest filled with soap and shampoo. In the next spread, an energetic octopus scrubs the boy's head while an eel holds him firmly in place. The experience doesn't appear to make a convert of the boy; squeaky clean, he scolds the sea creatures before reappearing in the tub looking rather stunned (though he is plenty excited about the piece of cake that awaits him). Andreasen borrows motifs from comic-book art--extra gleam on objects, squared-off, blunt-cut hair and the humans' doll-like postures--and combines them with Disney-esque cheer to create amiable scenarios with just a hint of irony. Ages 2-6. (Aug.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2009 August

PreS--In this wordless book, a little boy reluctantly takes a bath only to discover that his imagination has turned the water in his tub into the ocean. Swimming among the fish, he finds a map, and with the help of the sea creatures, finds a treasure chest with surprising contents. He is then scrubbed clean by an octopus while a smiling whale watches. Andreasen's bright illustrations pop from the page and do a great job of telling the story. The youngest patrons will enjoy telling their own version of this tale during a lap sit.--Katie Cerasale-Messina, AC Whelan Elementary School, Revere, MA

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