Bathe the Cat

by Alice B McGinty (Author) David Roberts (Illustrator)

Bathe the Cat
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

Bathe the floor? Sweep the dishes? This riotous romp of a picture book follows a frantic family as they try to get some chores done--with no help from the family cat, who keeps scrambling the list of chores with hilarious effects. Get ready for a rollicking read-aloud with a truly purrfect ending.

It's cleaning day, but the family cat will do anything to avoid getting a bath. So instead of mopping the floor or feeding the fish, the family is soon busy rocking the rug, vacuuming the lawn, and sweeping the dishes. Bouncy rhyme carries the story headlong into the growing hilarity, until finally Dad restores some kind of order--but will the cat avoid getting his whiskers wet?

HILARIOUS READ-ALOUD: Word scrambles are a delight in this silly rhyming picture book! Kids will love the accessible rhyming text, and emerging readers will be able to anticipate words after repeated reads, making for an engaging and interactive read-aloud experience.

CATNIP FOR CAT LOVERS: This sweet and sneaky feline will do anything to get out of having a bath! Ample cat antics and scenes of increasing mischief (and increasing chaos!) will tickle young readers and entice parents--particularly those with a furry feline member of their own households.

TWO DADS LEAD THE WAY: Dad and Papa are the heads of this large and loving biracial family, mirroring illustrator David Robert's own orientation and providing picture book readers with a positive depiction of LGBTQ+ characters in a fun and funny family story.

WINNING AUTHOR-ILLUSTRATOR TEAM: Alice McGinty is a prolific author of books for children, and David Roberts is well-known for his work on the popular Questioneers series. Together, their upbeat text and energetic art with pops of neon color make for a standout picture book, just right for gifting and enjoying together at storytime. Perfect for: - Parents- Gift-givers- Cat lovers


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Publishers Weekly

Clean-up time turns topsy-turvy when an interracial family's mischievous cat jumbles up their to-do list in this sure-footed picture book. With a visit from Grandma impending, the story opens with one of two brown-skinned fathers delegating tasks: "Dad will mow the lawn,/ and Sarah, sweep the mat./ Bobby, rock the baby,// and I'll bathe the cat." The tasks are spelled out in magnetic letters on the fridge, just above a child's hand-drawn family portrait. Averse to a bath, the family pet slyly modifies the list--a colorful spread shows two orange paws scrambling up the words, resulting in something much sillier: "sweep the dishes," "rock the rug," and "scrub the fish." Equally unhappy with the adjusted words' next variation ("mow the cat"), the feline's hijinks continue until one dad takes charge, and the fathers and three children, all with various skin tones, get organized just in time for Grandma's arrival. Pencil and watercolor scenes by Roberts (The Cook and the King) emphasize the increasing goofiness of the family's repeated efforts to get their mess under control, and light rhymes by McGinty (A Story for Small Bear) pair smartly with the amusing concept. Ages 3-5. Author's agent: Stephen Chudney, the Chudney Agency. Illustrator's agent: Christine Isteed, Artist Partners (U.K.). (Nov.)

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Review quotes

"[Bathe the Cat] will be an absolute hoot at storytime with the rhythmic text lending bounce and energy, and the wacky word play guaranteeing giggles. The father's increasingly frantic desperation is ripe for dramatic interpretation . . . The watercolor and pencil art has a retro feel, both in bold palette and stylized figures, but the family makes for a fully diverse representation of modernity, with the two Black dads wrangling their family into tidiness." -The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Alice B McGinty
ALICE McGINTY is the award-winning author of over forty books for children, including Darwin, an Orbis Pictus Honor Book and one of Booklist's Top 10 Biographies for Youth. Her picture book, Rabbi Benjamin's Buttons, was named a Sydney Taylor Notable Book. Kirkus Reviews called her most recent title, The Girl Who Named Pluto, an inspiring and beautifully illustrated tale in a starred review. She also runs a writing camp for kids, Words on Fire. Visit her on the web at alicebmcginty.com or follow her on Twitter @AliceBMcGinty.

Richard Jones has over 15 years experience in creative arts, and has recently begun illustrating children's books. He is the illustrator of Town Mouse, Country Mouse by Libby Walden, a reimagining of Aesop's fable. His title Whale in a Fishbowl recieved four starred reviews and was a Kirkus and New York Public Library Best Book of 2018. He was nominated for the Ezra Jack Keats Award for New Illustrator in 2019. Visit him on the web at paintedmouse.com or follow him on Twitter: @apaintedmouse

Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9781452142708
Lexile Measure
340L
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publication date
November 20, 2021
Series
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