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Saturday 26 March 2011

Review: Bath Time, Beth!

One of the greatest joys I remember as a child were interactive books. And you don’t need to be a child to thoroughly enjoy them. Not only do my 8 and 10 year old children love such books, I still get a total buzz from lift-the-flaps, peek-a-book holes and pop-ups.

Child’s Play do this sort of book so well, and this adorable book is no exception. Bath Time, Beth! follows the bathroom travels – or not – of a little girl who’s totally reluctant to immerse herself in bubbles.

“No bath for me! I’m not stinky! Can’t catch me!” she cries as she careens through the book – and I mean literally. Little fabric/felt Beth is looped to a string that threads through the books pages, escaping through ‘loopholes’ to the next page.

As her mum chases her, dad chases her, Grandpa chases her, Grandma chases her – the stinky youngster won’t escape for long. On the very last page, she slips once more through a loophole and SPLASH! You can imagine where she ends up.

Title: Bath Time, Beth!
Illustrator: Jöelle Dreidemy
Publisher: Child’s Play, $19.95
Publication Date: June 2006
ISBN: 9781846430244
Format: Hard cover
For ages: 1 - 5
Type: Interactive Picture Book