Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Bobby Babinski's Bathtub and Acoustic Rooster's Barnyard Boogie. 2 Fun Picture Books + One Giveaway!

 Congratulations to Rois Hollenbeck who won Unicorn Yoga and to Susan Rice for Sing Some More from last week's blog.


Bobby Babinski's Bathtub

This rollicking picture book published by Sleeping Bear Press is as fun as the title sounds and the cover looks. Written by Judy Young and illustrated by Kevin M. Barry, readers and their parents will enjoy the poetry and funny text. Caveat: parents, watch our for your children's bathtub expectations after reading this book!

Mr. Babinski has a problem. His son refuses to take a bath.  

In fact, Bobby's father has several problems. Every time he ingeniously answers his son's objections, Bobby comes up with a new reason not to take a bath. 

Mr. B chops a hole the roof of their house and builds a roller coaster so that Bobby can safely slide into his tub.

But, that doesn't satisfy Bobby. He needs some toys to keep him company in his tub. Mr. B satisfies his son's desire with an over-the-top assortment of ocean creatures.

Of course, Bobby complains again.

Mr. B patiently complies with each and every request resulting in more and more changes to their yard. Finally, when Bobby is stranded on a sandy island, his father arranges for a HUMUNGOUS pelican to bring him home. 

It scooped Bobby up, 
And with huge wings gyrating, 
Flew over the water 
To where Papa was waiting.

In the end, Bobby STILL refuses to go down for his nap:

As Bobby Babinski
Dropped in Papa's lap,
Papa held up some PJ's
Saying, "Time for a nap."

But Bobby Babinski said, "No!"
With a grin,
"I want to have bath time 
All over again!"

Who wouldn't?


Here's another fun picture book brought to you by best-selling author Kwame Alexander with clever, colorful illustrations by Tim Bowers. Barnyard Boogie follows their previous book, Acoustic Rooster and The Barnyard Band, both published by Sleeping Bear Press. 

Indigo Blume is happily cleaning up her city for the Garden City Community Festival until she finds out that big crowds will be coming to hear her sing. 

Her mother and father try to reassure her that she will do fine, but she goes to sleep worried. During the night she dreams about the barnyard animals she'd been reading about before going to sleep. 

In her dream, the animals ask her to join their group but then a strong wind destroys their barn. Their efforts to rebuild it aren't enough and the animals bewail the demise of their home.

Indigo encourages them to throw a benefit concert to rebuild the barn which they name the Barnyard Boogie. Miss Dairy Parton loses her voice and Indigo has to fill in for her. Despite her fears, Indigo pulls off a great show. 

She wakes up, inspired by her barnyard friends and ready to,

Be a star...In your mind... Day and night...Let it shine!"

Here's a lively preview of the Acoustic Rooster musical premiering Fall 2021 at The Kennedy Center.


Do you ever wonder what happens to the books that I review and don't give away? 

Here's why: 

Who do you think this is?


For a chance to win Acoustic Rooster's Barnyard Boogie, please leave me a comment with your email address if you are new to my blog. Share this on social media and you'll be in twice! The giveaway ends October 2. 


Trish said...

More fun books, Carol! The Acoustic Rooster would be loved by my grands! Trish

Susan said...

I think both of these would be great - so many good books out there!

Danielle H. said...

I read everything Kwame Alexander writes--I didn't know he wrote this fun picture book though! I'm keeping my fingers crossed on this one--thanks for the chance! I shared on tumblr:

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks Susan, Trish, and Danielle!

Debbie Allmand said...

Great reviews. Both sound great to read to kids.

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks Debbie. Your grand nieces would love them!

Jana Leah B said...

These books look so fun & adorable.
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Joan Y. Edwards said...

Dear Carol,
I love saying these titles:
The Acoustic Rooster's Barnyard Boogie. So clever and fun.
Thanks for sharing them and the lovely illustrations with us.

Never Give Up

Carol Baldwin said...

thanks Joan and Jana Leah. Your names are in the hat!

Unknown said...

Very cute!! My grands love books, thanks for sharing, Carol!

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks for commenting, Hewi--and for leaving your name so I knew who you were!

Cathy Ogren said...

I love Kwame Alexander and his books. I tweeted this @CathySOgren. Thanks for sharing, Carol!

Carol Baldwin said...

Cathy--thanks for tweeting and for following my blog! You're in twice.

Barbara Younger said...

You feature such wonderful titles! Would love to win and congratulations to the authors and illustrators.

Carol Baldwin said...

You're in twice, Barbara. Thanks for tweeting it out. Aren't the illustrations in these books amazing?

Unknown said...

Love, love, love these books! These both look like great ones to share with our school's preschoolers and kindergarteners--and my own grandchildren! Would love to win either one.

Carol Baldwin said...

YOu're in, Gwen!

Rosi said...

These both look great. Sleeping Bear Press seems to always have great picture books. Thanks for telling me about these. I will step aside from the drawing since I just won Unicorn Yoga. Thanks for picking me!

Grannyjo said...

Acoustic Rooster looks to be such a fun read with my grandchildren! Love the illustrations!

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