Wednesday, May 6, 2009

King Bidgood by Don and Audry Woods

This story is remarkable for its illustrations. The story is simply that a King will not get out of the tub and nothing can persuade him. As each person tries, he or she ends up entering the pool either for a battle, a ball, lunch or perhaps even fishing. The illustrations are rich in color and detail, making the clothing so real that you think you can feel the fabrics. The battle illustrations come alive in the details of soldiers, ships and weapons, which appear to be more than just the bath toys they are. The simplicity of the story coupled with the pictures keeps children engaged as they try to see what will eventually get the king out of the tub. Surprisingly it is the page who finally finds the simple answer, pulling the plug.

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