A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The book portrays magnet letters that spell out the family chores with simple words, offering early reading practice to beginning readers. Readers can pick out rhyming words and play memory games as they remember which member of the family is supposed to do which chore.
Teamwork makes the dream work.
Positive Role Models
The family works together to accomplish a shared goal. Some may perceive the narrator to be bossy, but he leads his family to get the job done.
This is a universal story about a diverse family that is funny and lovable. The family includes two dads, who are married -- one Black, one racially ambiguous; a White redheaded daughter; and two Black children. Grandma Marge is a stylish, plump Black woman with unique makeup and a short haircut.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bathe the Cat is a picture book by award-winning author Alice B. McGinty and illustrator David Roberts, who's known for his work on The Questioneers -- the series that includes Ada Twist, Scientist. The family at the center of this story has two dads, one Black, one racially ambiguous; a White redheaded daughter; and two Black children. The story is full of rhymes that get funnier and sillier as the story progresses. For example, as the chores list gets mixed up, the narrator states, "Sarah, scrub the lawn! Dad, you feed the mat! Bobby, sweep the baby! I'll vacuum the cat!" The storyline is universal, and many families will be able to laugh and relate, even if their own family makeup is different.
Is It Any Good?
Readers of all ages will get a kick out of this hilarious family book. Bathe the Cat is a fun reading experience, and it's a universal story that many families can relate to, from the magnet letters on the fridge to the one kid dressed in a dinosaur costume to doing chores. It brings on the fun with rhymes, creative wordplay, and images that kids and grown-ups can identify with under the pressure of getting the house ready for an important guest. And the diverse representations can remind readers that we have more in common than we think.
Engaging illustrations bring the story to life with subtle tributes to the LGBTQ+ community, like the rainbow on the stuffed bunny's T-shirt. This funny read will have readers bringing new silliness to family chores. Just don't blame the cat if things get a little crazy!
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