It has been almost a year since one of our most treasured authors, Margaret Mahy, passed away. Since her passing there have been three wonderful new Margaret Mahy stories published. This month, Scholastic are publishing another new Margaret Mahy story, The Green Bath, illustrated by one of Margaret’s previous collaborators, Steven Kellog.
Sammy likes to have adventures of all sorts, but he could never have imagined the adventures that he would have when his father brings home a big, green bath. When Sammy takes a bath to clean up for his grandma’s visit, the bath escapes from his house with Sammy inside. The bath takes Sammy on an adventure on the seven seas, with mermaids, a sea serpent and pirates.
The Green Bath is a wonderfully-wacky Margaret Mahy story that will have kids imagining their own bath-time adventures. Margaret has let her imagination run wild with this story of a boy who’s bath tub comes to life. The story is full of Margaret’s wonderful language and characteristic wordplay. I especially like ‘ Sammy bewildered them with bubbles and baffled them with soapsuds,’ and the way that she describes the buccaneers as ‘beaten, bubbling and blustering.’ Steven Kellog’s illustrations are delightfully silly and perfect for this watery, bubble-filled adventure.
The Green Bath is the perfect bedtime book to share with your children, especially just after a bath. Just don’t go reading it before bath-time or you might find your bathroom covered in water and bubbles!