A first, worst impression leads to a lasting friendship in this hilarious picture book romp from the author of the New York Times bestselling Cat series and The Quiet Book.
Things you'd expect to find in the bathtub:
1. Soap bubbles 2. Rubber duckies 3. Shampoo
Things you don't expect to find in the bathtub:
As it turns out, once a walrus settles in for a nice long soak, it's pretty darn hard to get him out. What's a family to do? This silly-sweet story will keep readers giggling as a family tries--and tries again!--to evict their unexpected houseguest... before finally realizing why he's there in the first place.
When a family moves into a new house and finds that a walrus has full ownership of the bathtub, there's only one thing to do: make a pros and cons list. "Bad things about having a walrus in the bathtub: 1. Clam shells / 2. Screechy seagulls / 3. Bathtub tidal waves." As the son in the family generates successive lists ("More bad things... People who will not help you get a walrus out of a bathtub"), the soaked occupants seem to have no choice but to abandon ship. But when the walrus counters with a list of his own ("How to make your new family feel welcome"), a brighter side becomes apparent ("3. Indoor puddle jumping!"), and everyone lives happily albeit damply ever after. Underwood's list-focused text is a fast, fun read and could inspire imaginative classroom projects around improbable list-making. Hunt's big, boisterous cartooning makes the most of this variation on The Man Who Came to Dinner: the family tries to stay calm and roll with the punches while the extra-large, genially oblivious center of attention who strikes poses worthy of Rubens and wears a polka-dotted shower cap keeps pouring on the annoyances. Ages 4 8. Author's agent: Erin Murphy, Erin Murphy Literary Agency. Illustrator's agent: Bright Agency.