From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2-Billy wants a bucket for his birthday and, deflecting his parents' offers of a bike or computer, selects the perfect one from "Buckets R Us." When he fills it with water and peeks in, he is amazed to see a host of underwater flora and fauna as well as a submarine and scuba divers-all to his father's and mother's winking amusement. Before his bedtime, they teasingly ask if they may borrow his toy, and the child insists that they "must never ever ever" do so. The next morning, he finds that his dad has taken the bucket to wash the car and emptied the water-and a whale-into the street. This tribute to the power of imagination is rhythmically told with a broad sense of exaggeration in both text and art. Billy's insistence on the plainest of gifts reflects the real-life whims of ordinary children; the bottom-of-the-bucket eye view of the action will tickle their fancies, and they will appreciate the struggles of a child trying to convince a parent of an "imaginary" occurrence. The playful, acrylic cartoon illustrations feature bold lines and perspectives and are barely contained on the pages. This whale of a tale will find a ready audience of bucketeers whether shared one-on-one or in a group.Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha's Public Library, WI
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PreS-Gr. 1. When Billy requests a bucket for his birthday present, his parents take him to the local bucket megastore, where he carefully chooses the right one. At home, he puts water in it and peers inside, reporting that he sees crabs, seaweed, a shark, and a barracuda, two submarines, and possibly a mermaid. His parents humor him, but tease that they may need to borrow his present for household chores. Billy adamantly refuses to share it: "You must never ever borrow my bucket!" When Father uses the bucket to wash the car, he creates a problem that takes six hours, four cranes, three fire engines, and a shoehorn to set right. Children will find the climax satisfying as well as laugh-aloud funny. The jaunty acrylic paintings show up well from a distance, making this witty, offbeat picture book an entertaining choice for reading to groups. Carolyn PhelanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved