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Feb 12 2014

There's a dinosaur in my bathtub by Catalina Echeverri

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Bloomsbury, 2014. ISBN 9781408839393.
(Age: 0-5) Recommended. Picture book, Dinosaurs, Bathtime. Amelia loves her bath time as she plays with her friend, the dinosaur, Pierre. He is French so he sits in the bath taking up a lot of room, reading Le Journal. But Amelia does not mind as she has many fun adventures with Pierre, going to see the moon with its marshmallow stars, or hiding her friend somewhere in the house so her parents do not see him, or sailing to magical lands with fairy floss trees.
They do everything together, but Amelia knows that it is only for the summer, Pierre must pack and leave at the end of these wonderful summer days. And he does.
This is a beautifully told story of friendship and change, of people enjoying themselves when together but knowing there is a time when they must part. The quirky illustrations add to the style of the story, whimsical and yet quite serious, making it a fun read but knowing there is a realistic side to the story at the end. Using a mix of line drawings, print techniques, cut-outs and various painting mediums, Echeveri has imagined a wicked world of fun with the dinosaur and Amelia, while grounding the whole in the everyday. The fun of bath time mixed with the fantastical dinosaur will bring laughs to those about to bathe and those who love a good tale.
Fran Knight

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