Monday, 15 September 2014

Book Review: The Flying Bath

Former Children’s Laureate and children’s book supremo Julia Donaldson has done it again. The writer of much-loved titles The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom, What the Ladybird Heard and many more, has this time teamed up with award-winning illustrator, David Roberts this time. Their collaboration, The Flying Bath, is also set to be a massive hit at bedtimes and storytimes.

One morning, in an ordinary house on an ordinary street, with everybody gone, the bath toys fill the family tub with water, ready to come to the aid of different animals around the world. The calls for water come in one by one: a thirsty kangaroo in need of a drink; a frightened baboon whose tree is on fire; a grubby piglet in need of a bath. None need fear as the bath toys are ready to head to the rescue in their magical flying bath tub!



The rhyming text is a joy to read aloud and the fun concept elicits giggles from children and adults alike. The pictures are full of rich detail and exquisitely coloured and patterned, with one time milliner and fashion illustrator Roberts gleefully revelling in creating pattern and texture.


Lara and Sophia both adored this book from first reading, and baby Tatiana was also attracted by the sound of the rhyming text and the bright colours. The girls loved acting out the story at bathtime that evening, too. So join in the adventure and have fun, this lovely book will be a very welcome addition to your bookshelf.

The Flying Bath is available in hardback, priced £11.99


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