By Margaret Mahy, Illustrated by Steven Kellogg
Scholastic, 40 pages, $16.99
Sammy has a wild imagination that takes him from his boring old basement to battling buccaneers. When his mother comes in and asks him to clean up for his grandmother’s arrival, he wonders how he can have adventures while keeping clean. Enter the new claw-footed bathtub his dad has just brought home. Shortly after filling it with warm water and bubbles, Sammy is whisked away to the ocean where he meets mermaids, sea serpents and battles pirates on Treasure Island.
The Green Bath by Margaret Mahy is an adventurous story children will be sure to love again and again. The dramatic adventures are made even better by the detailed illustrations of Steven Kellogg – illustrator of such beloved books as Is Your Mama a Llama? and The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash. Kellogg’s greed bubbles seem to pop off the page while the faces of oaf pirates will make children giggle.
Bath time will never be the same again.
Reviewed by Sophie Sestero