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King Bidgood's in the Bathtub

By Peter Lewis, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Lively speed and luxurious artwork bewitch kids.

Book Audrey Wood Humor 1985
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Community Reviews

age 3+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 2+

One of our favorites of all time!

We never grew tired of King Bidgood's in the Bathtub... and he won't get out! Our children are older now, but it was one of our favorites. Audrey Wood and Don Wood are masters
age 4+

Unique and Playful Kid Story

The illustrations are phenomenal and even adults will find some new detail in each reading. The words are fun and build to a wonderful ending. When reading it out loud we made it as sing-songy as we could, and our son loved the repetition and silliness of the King. What kid doesn't enjoy a story about adults behaving childishly? And then the youthful character is the unlikely hero. Love, love it. :D

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

In this Caldecott Honor book, the Woods have created not just a funny bathtub tale but also a guided tour of period costumes and courtly pastimes. The clothing is fantastic -- a carefully researched confection of frills and ruffs and jewelry -- and Don Wood sumptuously serves forth the mock battle, the luncheon, the fishing trip, and the ball, a crowning delight and profusion even in the cramped quarters of King Bidgood's bath.

Wood's oil paintings are rich and deep in subject matter -- complex narratives of their own -- and as the story progresses through the day, the light quality changes in each of the potent two-page spreads, with the watery illumination of morning shifting through shades of blue and red until the dark of night is cut by the light of the moon. The text's high spirits and its repetitiveness make for deeply satisfactory participation when the book is read aloud.

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