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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
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: AD310L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (September 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152054359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152054359
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.2 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (203 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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By A Customer on December 26, 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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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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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I thought that 20 months might be too young for this book, but it's one of my favorites, so I got it for my son. He is old enough to find the book hilarious, and he will occasionally get out of the bathtub without crying if I preface it by reciting the last part of the book.

I'm not saying that this is a baby book; the pictures are amazing, and the story is funny. I read it to my 3rd-5th graders, and they love it. Honestly, you could spend 20 minutes looking at each page, and still miss some cool detail. Don and Audrey Wood are among my favorite children's author/illustrators, and their books deserve a place alongside your Maurice Sendak and Mo Willems books.
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I typically read a few of the low reviews and a few of the high reviews. We had this book 25 years ago when our kids were growing up. I was invited to a book baby shower and I immediately thought of this. One of the reviews here was particularly critical of the juvenile plot! So note...this is a kids book...not a Pulitzer Prize adult book. But it does have an adult sized underlying message....don't let common sense and doing the right thing stand in your way of questioning authority. I won't ruin the plot....gotta buy this one.
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Another Fabulous book with FABULOUS art from Audrey Wood. Beautiful. The children love this book as it is repetitive enough so that they can read along and the pictures are just so sensational we play "I Spy" . A very entertaining funny beautiful book. Love it!
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This book is okay, I don't love it. Beautiful illustrations, but strange scenarios about a King who won't get out of the tub and so he eats lunch in the tub, fishes in the tub, etc...really simple rhymes and short book. My two year old likes more than my four year old.
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