Time for a Bath
by Jenkins Steve and Robin Page
Published by Houghton Mifflin / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011
Podcast featuring this book
Note: This annotation is for three books: Time to Sleep, Time to Eat, and Time for a Bath. All by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. Published by Houghton Mifflin / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011.
Three easy, accessible books about animals’ habits and behavior are full of fascinating facts. Time to Sleep looks at how a variety of creatures catch some zzzs. Time to Eat focuses on food an eating. Time for a Bath is about getting clean . . . and getting dirty, too (it’s how some creatures cool off). Collaborators Steve Jenkins and Robin page bring their trademark approach that blends dynamic visuals, with Jenkins’ vivid, detailed collage images, and a witty, informative narrative. A new creature is introduced on each page or double-page of each volume, with a catchy phrase and a sentence or two describing the trait that relates to the book’s theme: “A slimy sleeping bag” describes the parrotfish, which produces a mucus cocoon that masks its scent from predators while it sleeps. “Get the point?” captions the warthog, which wriggles backward into a cave or crevice to sleep, with its sharp tusk facing outward. It’s all fascinating and, in one case, really gross. (Intrigued?) A visual index at the end of each book provides more detailed information about each of the creatures profiled in three volumes that are small in size but huge in appeal. (MS) ©2011 Cooperative Children’s Book Center