The Flying Bath When everyone has left the house in the morning, the bath toys spring into action and head off on exciting adventures in their magical flying bath! From giving a muddy piglet a shower to putting out a fire for a frightened baboon, they have water at the ready for any emergency – but they’re always home for the children’s bathtime at the end of the day. The simple rhyming speech-bubble text is great to read aloud, and perfect for developing reading confidence. Richly detailed, sumptuous artwork completes this irresistible book for young readers. The Flying Bath is a playful and adventurous story from Julia Donaldson and David Roberts, the creators of Tyrannosaurus Drip, The Troll and Jack and the Flumflum Tree.
Plenty of playful shenanigans can be witnessed as a teeny crew of bathtime toys spring magically to life and set off on a mission to deliver water aid to those in need. Their mode of transport? A flying bath, of course.
Animals in need are at the heart of this rhyming story. There’s a crack team of brave heroes to race to the rescue. A kangaroo weak with thirst? She can sip from the watery bath. A grubby pig in a pickle? A soapy shower should do the trick. A fish who’s literally out of water? This one’s a bit tricky…
A rubber duck, a floppy-limbed frog and a wind-up turtle might sound like an unlikely trio to head up a Pet Rescue division, but they do seem to be pretty effective, as they solve one drama after another. And every time they set off on another plight, their call to action is the same: ‘Wings out, and off we fly. The Flying Bath is in the sky!’
Finally, their eventful day draws to a close, but they have one last adventure to handle. The fish pond has run dry, but it’s time for them to return home. Can they pull off one last rescue? Of course, they can! As two delighted children discover a colourful fish in the bathtub, and their mother proclaims ‘Good heavens, not another one!’, the readers realise that this journey of the flying bath is a regular occurrence.
There is a real joy in Donaldson’s rhyming text and you can’t help but feel a sense of feel-good satisfaction at the life-saving antics of the trio. The illustrations too are a fun and vibrant collection of colourful scenes from the kangaroo in his cactus-filled desert to a profusion of exotic looking flowers.
This jolly bathtime adventure will appeal to young kids who love the idea that their inanimate toys live a secret life. It’s also the perfect round-off to the day. As any lover of routine knows, after bathtime comes the bedtime story, and this book cleverly combines the two.