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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (September 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152054359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152054359
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.7 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-4 In this humorously original tale, various members of the Court, all clothed in elaborate Elizabethan dress, try to dislodge the King from his bubbly tub. Instead they are drawn into it with him, to "do battle" with toy ships and warriors; to eat a lavish feast; to fish and to dance. It is the young page who finds a solution, finally, by pulling the plug. Much of the delight is in Don Wood's meticulous oil paintings, which juxtapose the starched, overdressed, "shocked" demeanor of the Court with the King's twinkling, sensual, even lascivious manner. Minute details in the paintings emphasize this contrast; the red-haired naked King frolics while the fully-clothed courtiers emerge dripping from the bath with literally all their starch taken out. A voluptuous book whose rich range of colors and tones reflect the passing hours of the day. As in the Woods' Napping House (HBJ, 1984), the few simple words of text per large, well-designed page invite storytellingbut keep the group very small, so the children can be close enough to pore over the brilliant, robust illustrations. Susan Patron, Los Angeles Public Library
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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A Caldecott Honor Book

An ALA Notable Children’s Book

A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

“Beauty aside, this also has a panache and sly wit that will please children and their parents, who will be called on to peruse the book again and again.”--Booklist
 
"[A] humorously original tale. . . . A voluptuous book."—School Library Journal

More About the Author

AUDREY WOOD is the much-loved author of more than thirty books for children, including the bestselling The Napping House, Piggies, Heckedy Peg, and most recently, Piggy Pie Po, which she collaborated on with her husband, Don Wood.
She lives in Hawaii.

My first memories are of Sarasota, Florida in the winter quarters of the Ringling Brothers' Circus. I was one year old and remember it vividly. My father, an art student, was making extra income by repainting circus murals.

The people in the circus were my friends. I was bounced on the knee of the tallest man in the world and rocked in the arms of the fat lady who could not stand up. My first baby-sitters were a family of little people who lived in a trailer next to ours. They tAudrey2old me stories about the animals they worked with: Chi Chi the Chimpanzee, an elephant named Elder, and Gargantua the Gorilla.

My mother says I was a fast learner, always ahead of my age. My father taught me to swim before I could walk. I walked at seven months and climbed over a seven foot chain link fence when I was one year old. Everyone in the circus thought I was going to be a trapeze artist.

When I was two, I traveled with my parents to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where they studied art. Spanish became my second language. Because my mother read to me every day, I fell in love with books and was reading by age three.

My parents had two more girls, which made me the oldest sister. All of us were trained in the arts: music, dance, painting, and drama. We had a miniature stage in our basement, complete with light-bulb floodlights and a dusty red velvet curtain. Admission for the plays we produced was a bargain--twenty-five cents.

When I was in the first grade, I wanted to grow up to be an artist like my father. Then, in the fourth grade, I decided I'd like to be a children's book author. As an adult who writes and illustrates children's books, I have realized both my childhood ambitions.

I got in trouble in school once for crossing out my favorite author's name and putting in mine--Audrey Brewer instead of Dr. Seuss!

My great-grandfather, grandfather, and father were all professional artists. Since I am also a professional artist, there are four consecutive generations of artists in our family. However, I am the only female artist.

On our honeymoon, I read my new husband Don Wood the classic children's book entitled At the Back of the North Wind. Seven years later, we teamed up to create our first picture book together.

When our son Bruce Robert was two years old, I began to read picture books to him. He helped to remind me of my childhood ambitions. That's when I began to write children's books seriously.

www.Audreywood.com

Customer Reviews

This is just one of those books I love to read to my kids.
bookmom
This is our absolute favorite book that we read to our one year old son.
J. Schalesky
A great children's book, all in all, with beautiful illustrations.
Tara Hall (meeplet@mailcity.com)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Tara Hall (meeplet@mailcity.com) on December 17, 1998
Format: Hardcover
When I was in 5th grade, I read King Bidgood's in the Bathtub, and got to hear the tape with it. It was so good, my brother and I would read it constantly. We would even walk to school singing the song (at the top of our lungs, of course!). A great children's book, all in all, with beautiful illustrations. The absurdity of fishing in a tub, going to war in a tub, eating lunch, and even having a royal ball in a bathtub will have you laughing in no time. Get it for the kids in you life, but I bet some adults will like it too!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By kdfriesen@terraworld.net on July 28, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The story of King Bidgood is fun and happy and proves there is always an answer to things...just not the ones most would think of first!! The illustrations in this book are the most beautiful I've ever seen. My sons always find something new on each page, everytime we read it...again and again and again...!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 1999
Format: Audio Cassette
My family and I absolutely love this musical production of King Bidgood. The songs are extremely clever and terrifically performed. We all enjoy singing along. I have shared this tape with a first-grade class and they also thoroughly enjoyed it. I would recommend it to everyone!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jane James on July 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is one of my all-time favorite children's stories.
We read that "King Bidgood's in the bathtub and he won't get out!" The lively characters, anxious to get their King out of the bathtub, but definitely not wanting to offend his royal sensibilities, subject themselves to the King's demands to fish with him -- in the tub. Dress up for a masquerade -- in the tub. Dine with him -- in the tub.
The lyrics are cute, but the best part of this story is, without a doubt, the beautiful illustrations.
This one is a keeper.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 20, 1998
Format: Audio Cassette
I wish I had bought just the audiobook and text. The singing in this production is off-key and extremely grating. It would have been much better if the story had been on one side of the cassette and the yowling on the other. I hide it so my daughter can't play it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MEJ on August 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
When I saw this book I was very impressed with the illustrations done by Don Wood. I would love to have some prints of these pages to frame and hang as a theme for my daughter's bath room. There is so much detail and they are so whimsical, just beautiful.

With that said, the illustrations are so fantastic it sets the bar pretty high for the text. Alas, the text does not hold up to the illustrations. All is not lost though. I found a musical recording of this story at the library which I though might liven the story up a bit, just with background music and a good narrator. It turned out the recording was much more than that. This is not just a reading of the story, it is a true musical. There are six songs that are as detailed as the illustrations. The italicized text in the book is the start of or a portion of the song for that scene. Each song is done in a different style; one reminds me of "greaser" type music while another is clearly rap. After hearing the music it seemed to me that the book wasn't intended to be released without the music. The songs where written by Audrey Wood's sister, Jennifer Shaylen, and her husband, Carl. All four, Audrey, Don, Jennifer and Carl take part in the performance as "the Court" with Jennifer as the narrator and also voicing the Queen, while Carl voices the King. Adam Shippey Shaylen is listed as the Page.

I purchased the cassette (King Bidgood's in the Bathtub: The Musical (Audio Cassette)) here on Amazon not sure if it also included the book, my order came in and it does not include a copy of the book, so I will be ordering that shortly. I have since discovered that you can order a hardcover book with CD, which I would have preferred but did not find until after I received and used the cassette.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 29, 2003
Format: Hardcover
IT IS A TOTALLY FUNNY STORY. IN OUR SCHOOL WE HAVE TO GIVE BOOKS TO THE LIBRARY ON OUR BIRTHDAY, I GAVE THIS BOOK. MY TEACHER LIKED IT SO MUCH SHE READ IT TWICE TO OUR CLASS. I THINK WHEN IT IS IN THE LIBRARY A LOT OF PEOPLE WILL READ IT.
I REALLY LIKE THE ILLUSTRATIONS BECAUSE THEY HAVE A LOT OF DETAIL IN THEM. I ESPECIALLY LIKE THE ONE WHERE THE LADY GOES IN THE BATHTUB AND GETS OUT SOAKING WET. HER DRESS PUSHES UP AND SHE HAS GREAT SHOES TOO. HAHAHHA
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 6, 1997
Format: Hardcover
My three young children liked this book. It's got some crazy stunts like eating and fishing in the bathtub. My little boy (age 4) loves it when asked "Who knows what to do?" on every other page. But my little girl (age 2) likes to repeat what the king says "yum, yum, yum."
It's simple but outrageous story is a delight to young children. The children in our library loved to join in repeating "King Bidgood's in the bathtub and he won't get out. Who knows what to do?"
The artwork is great, you can even see the entire court with perfect costumes on one page and looking like very soggy on the next. It received a Caldecott Honor for good reason. Someone out there knows children.
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