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King Bidgood's in the Bathtub

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In this raucous tale, the Knight, the Duke, the Queen--and eventually the whole court--all try to lure King Bidgood from his cozy bathtub, but he won't get out! Will anyone be able to solve this problem?In celebration of the twentieth anniversary of a Caldecott Honor favorite, this new edition features a hardcover book and a musical CD with six original songs ranging in st...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published 1985)
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“King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub” is a wonderfully humorous story from the creative mind of Audrey Wood, along with beautiful illustrations from Don Wood. This book also won a Caldecott Honor Book Award, which it richly deserves this honor as the book is a great humorous experience that many children would enjoy for many years to come.

Audrey Wood’s comical storytelling of this book makes it an instant classic to read as it is full of witty humor and clever verses. The scenes that I really enjoyed...more
Lisa Vegan
Jun 24, 2009 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: Chandra
This book has unusually gorgeous and sophisticated illustrations for a children’s picture book; they’re amazing.

The story has a really fun premise and an amusing conclusion.

Children who either love or hate baths might feel particularly gleeful because of the story, but it’s a great book for all children.

(note for vegan children: there is a "fishing" scene)
Jan 03, 2010 Kathryn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathryn by: Chandra
What a delight!!! I was grinning the whole way through this fun tale of King Bidgood who simply WON'T get out of the bathtub--not for a battle, not for lunch, not for a dance... Why? Because everything can be done in the bathtub and, of course, it is so much more fun in there! The illustrations are just spot-on superb--the expressions of extreme joy on the king's face, the dismay and chagrin of the knight, queen, the duke, the court as they are lured into the king's bathtub antics... the wise li...more
Crystal Marcos
Apr 11, 2011 Crystal Marcos rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Crystal by: bath time books, read aloud
My 22 month old daughter loved this book! She was excited about every pages and talked about what was going on while I read the story. She enjoyed the CD in a car ride shortly after. I watched her face (I wasn't driving) and she kept smiling. She is very fond of bath time so she really got a kick out of this book. I was delighted to see her enjoying this book so much. The illustrations are superb, capturing the mood and expressions on everyone's faces so well. It was vibrantly detailed. I am so...more
Apr 06, 2011 Gundula rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a fun bath-time book, with great illustrations
King Bidgood's in the Bathtub is a fun, rollicking and engaging bath-time story, although for me, it is the marvelous illustrations that make this story special; the narrative, albeit lively and humorous, is somewhat predictable and rather mundane, especially when compared to the rich detail of the illustrations. In fact, I could readily imagine the illustrations without the narrative, but I could not imagine the narrative without the illustrations. My Goodreads friend Abigail points out in her...more
Nov 03, 2009 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a funny and superbly illustrated story that will entertain children of all ages. The narrative is simple and repetitive, which will please even toddlers. And the expressions and comic illustrations are fun to pore over for the smallest details. My only complaint is that the illustrations are very dark, and it's best to read this book in a well-lit room; we read our bedtime stories in a dimly lit room and it was a little difficult to see all of the details in the picture.

This book was se...more
Dec 24, 2007 Lanie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children at heart
Shelves: children-s-books
This is my all time favorite children's book. I checked it out nearly every single time I went to the library as a kid (probably from age 4-5?). I finally got my own copy for my 16th birthday, I think.

The story is cute, but the most amazing thing is the illustrations. So many details and so much going on. I would spend hours studying the pictures.
Inspired Kathy
I love Don Wood's whimsical stlye of illustrating. Pictures are full of detail and text is fun to read.
1. Fantasy

2. This silly yet addicting tale of a king who refuses to get out of the tub and instead tries to do all his everyday activities IN the tub will capture your heart and tickle your funny bone. But will the Page ever be able to get the King out of the tub -in time for dinner?!

3. Critique
a. The repetitive manner of this book will engage young readers and have them shouting the lines right along with you! Its perfectly written for PK and Kindergardeners.
b. The appropriateness of the boo...more
L-Angelica Herrera-Vest
In Audrey Wood's King Bidgood's in the Bathtub, Caldecott Award winner, published in 2005 (second publication) the king's young page seeks the assistance of the court members in trying to get the king out of the bathtub, "HELP! HELP! CRIED THE PAGE WHEN THE NIGHT GOT DARK. KING BIDGOOD'S IN THE BATHTUB, AND HE WON'T GET OU! OH , WHO KNOWS WHAT TO DO?". They all try to entice the king out of tub but they all fail. Finally, the young page figures out how to get the king out of the bathtub. Don Wo...more
Caldecott Award nominee King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub, written by Audrey Wood and illustrated by her husband, Don Wood, is a fun and inviting story that introduces children to many literary concepts. Set in Renaissance times, the story invites children to experience and learn about a time period that is often perceived as confusing and difficult to understand. Audrey Wood’s text utilizes literary devices such as repetition of certain words and phrases to draw readers in and make the text more a...more
Jun 30, 2014 June rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents, preschoolers & teachers
I love the ending and have used this for several years in a bath story time. However, I really love the music in the filmstrip and would recommend the cd or dvd over the book. 7/22/11

Worked really well at PJ time. 7/17/12

This was a big hit at PJ Story Time again. The 5 year old, 3rd grader and a parent really got into it. 6/18/13

Used for Story Time and it was the most successful of the 3 books. Also used for PJ Story Time and it was a huge hit from preschoolers to grandmas.
Jul 20, 2014 Lindsey rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone with young children
Hands down this was my very favorite book as a young child. My brother and I spent hours pouring over the beautiful artwork, pointing out newly noticed details, talking about which of the various foods we’d want to eat and which character we liked best. King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub is the story of a king who refuses to leave his bath, and the members who try to coax him out. The story is humorous on its own, but what makes the book is the illustrations.

Don Wood’s oil paintings are incredibly de...more
This story was fairly crazy, something though, a young child would love. The drawings were rather humorous and added a lot to the book. All in all, a crazily silly book that I'd recommend.

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Jodi Robinson
Fantastic children's book with rich and colorful illustrations. Hillarious (especially when read outload with aristocratic voices). A good friend suggested this one, and oh was she right. An oldy but goody!
Singing this operatically (which I got from a filmstrip version) is amazingly fun! And oh my the illustrations! I've never seen anything quite like them. You could look at each one for hours!
Cheryl in CC NV
Ah the costumes, ah the facial expressions & the body language, ah the rhyme, rhythm, and wordplay! I feel bad for the hard-working page, but he did triumph in the end.
We are big fans of Audrey and Don Wood at our house. They always deliver funny little stories with outstanding artwork.
Megan Tucker
Fantastic illustrations. I used to check this out of my school library once a month or so just to look at the pictures.
Cory Schulz
This book is about a king who is finding every reason not to leave the bathtub. Everyone in the kingdom wants him out of the bath tub, and it turn out that there is a very simple solution to get him out of the tub. This book is a cute story, but the illustrations could be better. I feel the pictures are too busy and somewhat distracting to the story. The art style is very good, and it would be still be a good book if there was no text. This book would be great to use in the class room because it...more
School age kids love the lush illustrations!
I absolutely loved this story. The story is about a king who refuses to leave his bathtub and insists his royal duties take place there as well. The story is accompanied by stunning illustrations. The story and pictures paint a rather silly story that could be enjoyed by readers of any age. I think readers will be captivated by the intricate and ridiculous pictures that have their own sub plots in addition to the silliness of the story. Overall I highly recommend this book because I feel like I...more
The niece says this one gets three stars, and I think I agree with her on that point. Both of the kids really seemed to be into this story. Maybe it's because they can identify with not wanting to get out of the bathtub once they get in. We were all worried, however, that King Bidgood was going to get a little pruney from all his time in the tub, which is something the kids can also identify with.

The kids laughed in several places, and they were both quite taken with the pictures (which are very...more
Years ago, when my children were much younger, I bought this book at their elementary school library book sale. The story itself is both simple and funny. Clearly told, the king refuses to leave his bathtub to rule his kingdom. This puts his page into a tizzy, exasperates his wife and has his court settling into a vexation. I appreciated each person's common-sense approach to tackle their frustration. The king was undeniably contented to staying where he was at.

But let's get to the nitty-gritty:...more
This is a truly silly tale about a king who just won’t leave the tub, no matter what the enticement. My favorite parts of the book are when unsuccessful members of court leave the bathtub after their encounter with the king. They go in optimistic, with fluffy layers of fancy clothing; they come out defeated and deflated, with their ruffles limp around their ankles. And of course, the best moment is when the young page figures out what to do!

The illustrations are darkly colored oil paintings and...more
Holly Crepps
I have always been a fan of Audrey Wood. Her stories are fun and original, and "King Bidgood's in the Bathtub" is no deviant from this expectation. When King Bidgood refuses to get out of the bathtub, everyone in the castle tries different ways to make him get out. With each attempt, however, King Bidgood finds a way to stay in. The story has a surprise ending where the least expected person of all finally gets King Bidgood to leave the bathtub with a simple solution. This story is funny, and it...more
Amy Musser
Oh no! What to do? King Bidgood’s in the bathtub, and he won’t get out! A young page steps out of the bathroom to ask the court for help. The mustached knight is the first to volunteer. He tells the king to get out, it’s time for battle! Unfortunately for the knight, the king decides it will be a water battle with bath toys in the tub! As the day wears on the members of the court are defeated one by one. Finally, the page figures out the solution. He pulls the plug out of the bathtub and out run...more
Every time we read this aloud, my five year old giggles again and again. He even called it "that funny book." Despite the complexity of the illustrations, the story is short enough for younger readers, I think.

Genial King Bidgood is ensconced in a huge bathtub, and the longsuffering boy page (who is shown bringing in more water and supplies and then removing unused bath items) shouts, five different times, "King Bidgood's in the Bathtub and he won't get out! Who knows what to do?"
(I would not b...more
this is a fun book about a king who likes taking a bath. the story is short and fun to read, but it’s the illustrations that make this book noteworthy. they are lush and expressive and whimsical and the attention paid to detail is wonderful. the story is simple and if it was illustrated in another style would be like the endless board books simplistically introducing life skills to toddlers. however, this style makes this story an adventure. the pictures perfectly punctuate the prose in the most...more
Jessica Franco
Written by Audrey Wood, the story starts with the page panicking over whether King Bidgood will leave the bathtub. He calls for help from multiple people, but they all join him in the tub for a short period of time. Ultimately, the court, the last to join the king in the bathtub, calls for help to get the king out. The page, with a stroke of brilliance, pulls the drain plug, forcing the king out of the bathtub.

I loved this story. The illustrations are amazingly detailed and beautiful, as is expe...more
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Audrey Wood studied art and drama at the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. She has owned an operated a book and import store, taught chldren's drama and art, and traveled throughout Mexico and Guatemala studying Indian folk art. She now lives in Hawaii with her talented family (husband Don and son Bruce, who have both collaborated with Audrey by illustrating some of her books).
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