Friday, March 30, 2012

[BOOK REVIEW] King Bidgood's in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood

Title:  King Bidgood's in the Bathtub

Author:  Audrey Wood

Artist:  Don Wood

Genre: Humor / Medieval Ages / Royalty

Year Published: 1985

Year Read: 1993

Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Source:  Library

Content Rating:  Ages 4+ (Nothing Objectionable)

“King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub” is a wonderfully humorous story from the creative mind of Audrey Wood, along with beautiful illustrations from Don Wood. This book also won a Caldecott Honor Book Award, which it richly deserves this honor as the book is a great humorous experience that many children would enjoy for many years to come. 

Audrey Wood’s comical storytelling of this book makes it an instant classic to read as it is full of witty humor and clever verses. The scenes that I really enjoyed were the scenes where King Bidgood does every activity that his upper class officials suggest to him inside the bathtub, which is a humorous sight to see. Don Wood’s illustrations are all beautiful and humorous as he delightfully illustrates the King enjoying every activity suggested in the bathtub such as the image of King Bidgood eating lunch inside the tub and all the food being place between him and the Queen. Also, the characters themselves look aristocratic and lively as they all dress in Victorian Era clothing and their facial expressions are hilarious as they have worried expressions on their faces as they pondered how to get the King out of the bathtub.

“King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub” is a wonderful book that is full of creativity and good humor about the King’s obsession with staying inside the bathtub and is certainly suitable for children of all ages since there is nothing inappropriate about this book. 

1986 Caldecott Honor

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