Thursday, August 16, 2012

"On My Way to the Bath": Kid Book GENIUS

We've got a new favorite book in our house.

It's called "On My Way to the Bath" written by Sarah Maizes and illustrated by Michael Paraskevas.

And it's awesome.

Here's the thing about kids' books: sometimes the ones we, as parents, love best are the ones our kids roll their eyes disparagingly at every time we pluck them from the shelf. And worse, sometimes the books our kids love best are the ones that make us, the parents, cringe in horror each time they are plopped in our lap, accompanied by hand-clapping and puppy dog eyes and "Read it AGAIN, Mommy"s.

So when a book comes along that is beloved by both parents AND children? That's known as a rare and precious treasure in our house.

"On My Way to the Bath" is one of those books.

Livi, the heroine, resists taking her bath by making up some awesome scenarios on her journey from the living room to the tub. It's clever. It's laugh-out-loud funny. It's not sappy or patronizing, does not contain words I hate saying out loud, and the kid seems like an actual kid. Like, one my daughter would love to hang with. Even the mom is lovable, sarcastic, and oh-so-recognizable in her long-suffering role as bath warden.

E thinks "On My Way to the Bath" is HILARIOUS. She loves it because of the pictures, the "funny parts," and frequently makes me read a certain page again and again and again. Which, because that page is actually really funny, I sometimes do.

I love it because it contains the word "minions" (could Sarah be a closeted Gossip Girl super fan like me?) and captures the epic bath time struggle with kid-friendly, adult-enjoyable comic perfection.

Attention LA readers: the lovely and talented Sarah Maizes is reading and signing books at the Grove THIS SATURDAY at 11:00am. E and I will be there getting our copy signed and picking up a few more for friends. If you can make it, we hope to see you there!

Disclosure: Sarah Maizes, in addition to being lovely and talented, is a friend. Her publisher provided us with a copy of this book to review at no charge. We love it. All opinions are our own.

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1 comment:

  1. I will get this book. We adore picture books even though my kids are both past the age where they go pick them out themselves. They never object to reading them, and now I'm the one who pulls them off the shelf. Which saves me gagfests with Tootle and his ilk.