Walrus in the Bathtub by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Matt Hunt


       Walrus in the Bathtub by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Matt Hunt, Dial Books for Young Readers, 9780803741010, 2018.

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book? A new home for this family includes a walrus in the bathtub. He’s messy and loud and he’s taken over. But when the family tries to move out, the walrus tries to change so they will stay. Silly fun is what this book is about. Every page is full of sweet and funny images.

This is the perfect book to have kids looking for different objects on each page; there is so much on every page to see. It’s like a book and a game all in one.

Anything you didn’t like about it? It is almost too distracting with so many images on every page.

To whom would you recommend this book?  If kids like books about sea creatures or making a mess, this is your book.

Who should buy this book?  It would be good for story time at public libraries, fun for older kids to search for images.

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Middle of the pile.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Maria Touet, Pope John XXIII High School, Everett, MA

Date of review: July 16, 2018

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