About the Holiday
No matter whether you’re having a cold, snowy day or a warm, sunny day, a bubble bath can be just the thing for relaxing or having a bit more playtime at the end of the day. This year marks the 60th anniversary of Mr. Bubble, founded by Mr. Harold Schafer and the God Seal Company of North Dakota. To celebrate today, plan a little luxury for yourself and some splashy, giggly fun for the kids!
Bobby Babinski’s Bathtub
Written by Judy Young | Illustrated by Kevin M. Barry
It was bath time for Bobby Babinski and while he didn’t mind the actual scrubbing, he really did not like climbing into their deep, webfooted tub. “So, Papa got tools, / And he made a huge slide / that went loopity-loop / and went glippety-glide.” It soared so tall from the ground that Papa had to cut a hole in the roof for Bobby to ride. He got on and then “down toward the bathtub / He zoomed with a flash. / Then Bobby Babinski slid in with a splash.”
That was lots of fun, but when he got to the tub Bobby found nothing to play with. So with a pail Papa caught “…a whale / two dolphins, three crabs, / And some tropical fish” that could have been fun if they didn’t take up every inch of the tub. So, Papa dug up the yard and made a bathtub as big as a lake.
“Now Papa unwrapped / a bar of white soap / And tossed it to Bobby, / But Bobby said, ‘Nope.’” Seems Bobby had trouble controlling the suds, so Papa came back with an eight-armed solution, and “soon Bobby Babinski / Was covered with bubbles.” With a squirt from the hose, Bobby was clean.
Papa offered a towel, but Bobby wanted to dry off in the sun. An island would do it, so Papa built him one. When Bobby was dry he was ready to go home, but the island and house were separated by water. Papa was clever and he summoned a “huge flying bird.” It deposited Bobby next to his dad who was holding up pj’s and ready to put him to bed. “But Bobby Babinski said, ‘No!’ / With a grin. / ‘I want to have bath time / All over again!’”
Whether your kids run to or from the tub at bath time, they’ll rush to join story time if Bobby Babinski’s Bathtub is pulled from the shelf. Bubbly and imaginative, Judy Young’s rhyming storytelling will have kids laughing out loud as Bobby’s dad creates a bathtub experience kids can only dream about. Nonstop action and the best that amusement parks have to offer make for escalating fun that, like Bobby, readers will beg for again and again.
Kevin M. Barry’s dynamic and humorous illustrations will wow kids, and his impish boy is rakish and endearing as he enthusiastically enjoys each of his father’s inventive solutions only to come up with more and more objections to the bath time process. Hilarious facial expressions on both Bobby and the sea creatures that Papa finds to fulfill Bobby’s whims will have kids giggling with delight, and parents will discover some familiar looks on Papa’s face as well.
Fun from the first drip to the last splash, Bobby Babinski’s Bathtub is sure to be a quick favorite for rambunctious story times. The book would be a go-to addition for home, school, and public library collections.
Ages 5 – 7
Sleeping Bear Press, 2020 | ISBN 978-1534110328
Discover more about Judy Young and her books on her website.
To learn more about Kevin M. Barry, his books, and his art, visit his website.
National Bubble Bath Day Activity
Tugboat Bathtub Toy Craft
Tugboats are always there when a ship needs help or guidance—just like a parent or caregiver. With a few recycled materials, adults and children can have fun making this Tugboat Bathtub Toy that you’ll love to play with in the tub or pool.
- Printable Windows and Life Ring Template
- Printable Deck Template
- Container from a grocery store rotisserie chicken
- One 16-ounce cream cheese container with lid (or other such container)
- Paper towel tube
- Cardboard (can use a cereal box)
- Foam sheet in whatever color you would like the deck to be. (optional, see To Make the Deck options)
- Two colors of paint in whatever colors you would like your cabin and deck (if painting it) to be
- Paint brush
- Glue gun
To Make the Deck
- Trace the deck template on the cardboard, cut out and trim if necessary.
- Trace the deck template on the foam sheet, cut out and trim if necessary. The foam sheet gives waterproofing to the cardboard deck.
To Make the Boat
- Wash and dry rotisserie chicken container. The curved part of the container will be the front of the boat.
- Set the cardboard into the rim of the rotisserie chicken container. If needed glue with hot glue gun.
- Set the foam sheet on top of the cardboard
To Make the Cabin
- Print and cut out the windows, life ring, and deck template
- Wash and dry cream cheese container
- Paint the cream cheese container in the color chosen, let dry
- Put the lid on the cream cheese container to make the roof of the cabin
- Glue or tape the windows to one curved side of the cream cheese container
- Glue or tape the life ring to the opposite side of the cream cheese container
- With the glue gun attach the bottom of the cream cheese container to the deck, a little forward of half-way
To Make the Steam Pipe
- Cut a 5-inch section from the paper towel tube
- Paint alternating stripes of the deck color and the cabin color, let dry
- With the glue gun, attach the steam pipe to the deck close behind, but not touching, the cabin
Enjoy floating your tugboat in the bathtub or pool!
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Picture Book Review
I pretty much love everything you’ve shared about this book. And your activities look quite fun and apropos. It’s going on my TBR pile. Thanks for the rec!
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This is a great book if you just want to have fun while reading and share some laughs with your kids. Those were some fun times at our house!
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