Sunday 26 May 2019

No Baths Week

No Baths Week by Katrina McKelvey, illustrated by Cheri Hughes (Big Sky Publishing) RRP PB $14.99 HB $24.99
ISBN 9781925675429 (PB) 9781925675436 (HB)

Reviewed by Kylie Buckley

Ben and his shaggy dog Bandit love to spend time together painting, exploring, baking, digging and having a ball. What they don’t like doing is taking baths! So, young Ben comes up with the idea of ‘No Baths Week’ and does everything he can to avoid taking a bath. Unfortunately for Ben, his mum doesn’t share his enthusiasm, but at least she has a sense of humour.

Each day Ben and Bandit enjoy some messy fun together and each day his mum suggests they take a bath. Ben always insists it’s ‘No Baths Week’ and finds alternative ways to get themselves clean, without taking a bath. He comes up with an assortment of ideas, although he soon regrets each of his choices. Ben and Bandit manage to avoid a bath each day from Monday to Saturday, but can they make it through the entire week without taking a bath?

No Baths Week is a fun and playful picture story book aimed at kindergarten aged children. The action filled illustrations are bright and colourful and the use of onomatopoeia throughout makes it a fun read-a-loud.

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