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King Bidgood's in the Bathtub

4.23  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,422 Ratings  ·  457 Reviews
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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May 01, 2016 Manybooks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a fun bath-time book, with great illustrations
This 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 book club friend Abigail points out in her own excellent review that ...more
“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
Lisa Vegan
Jun 24, 2009 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing  ·  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)
Crystal Marcos
Apr 11, 2011 Crystal Marcos rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 03, 2010 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Eve Nicholson
Apr 05, 2016 Eve Nicholson rated it it was amazing
Everyone should own this book. I don't care how old you are or whether you will ever even have children to read it to. This book belongs in every household! For one thing it has a delightful story, for another every single inch of every single page is a work of art. It's one of the books my children and I would read for hours at a time. Over and over they would beg me to read it. And every page needed to be savored so every page was! Then, when the children were all snug in their beds I'd pick i ...more
Nov 03, 2009 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  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.

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Jun 21, 2016 June rated it really liked it
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. 6/24/14

Used for both
Dec 24, 2007 Lanie rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
We love
Jun 23, 2015 We love rated it liked it
The illustrations are delightful in this quirky title. My children thought this was crazy and funny, but we were all a little sheepish about the king's *ahem* lack of modesty. We thought he was a little cuckoo. :P
Inspired Kathy
May 11, 2009 Inspired Kathy rated it really liked it
I love Don Wood's whimsical stlye of illustrating. Pictures are full of detail and text is fun to read.
May 03, 2016 Jenny rated it really liked it
King Bidgood is in the bathtub and he won't get out! A variety of members of the court try to entice him out of the bathtub but each ends up in the bathtub with him. (And the poor page is kept busy mopping up spilled water!). The story is cute but the illustrations really bring the story to life. The illustrations are filled with detail and humor (such as some of the women's hair after they emerge from the tub!). This is a fun story to read aloud. The version I got from the library also came wit ...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:
Apr 16, 2015 Ashley rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
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
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
Jun 18, 2016 Monique rated it it was amazing
How have I not read this book until now? A hilarious romp with gorgeous illustrations. My bathtub-loving boys roared with laughter.
Jun 12, 2014 Betsy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teaching-reading
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
All day long and well into the night, King Bidgood is enjoying his bath so much that he makes everyone else join him instead of getting out. He hosts mock naval battles, lunch, fishing, and a masquerade ball. Oh, who knows what to do?! (spoiler alert: his Page does! *glub, glub, glub!*)

I wasn't sure how well this would go over when I read it to a preschool storytime because you really have to look at the pictures to appreciate the story, but the kids LOVED it. The repetition of, "...King Bidgood
Sep 25, 2015 WhiteHeather rated it it was amazing
This was a bedtime favorite for me as a child. I loved the illustrations and the silly story. I loved the book so much I got it signed by the author and illustrator when they were at a local bookstore many years ago. Don Wood even drew a little sketch of King Bidgood in the front for six-year-old me. What a treasure from my childhood! This was one of the first books I was ever able to read by myself. By read, of course, I mean I had it memorized and would "read" it out-loud by reciting the story ...more
Jul 20, 2014 Lindsey rated it it was amazing
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
Andrew Hamilton
Apr 26, 2016 Andrew Hamilton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Join the effort of all the Kings horses and all the Kings men to get the king out of the bathtub again. These dramatic illustrations depict the imagination of Don Wood. The king is not going to come out of the tub even for dinner. He plays and eats and even has his court perform for him. They have tried everything to get him out of the bathtub... Or have they? See how they convince king Bidgood to get out of the tub at last.
Alan Q
Sep 06, 2015 Alan Q rated it really liked it
The story begins with the page crying for help because he is trying to get the king out of the bathtub and a knight plans to help by telling the king it's time to battle but it then lead the knight into the bathtub playing battles with the king. Later on, the page cried for help to get the king out of the bathtub and the queen helps him by telling the king it is time for lunch but it lead to having lunch in the bathtub. Who else will help the page in getting rid of the king in the bathtub and wi ...more
Richard Ward
Jun 15, 2016 Richard Ward rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Children and adults who read to children.
A picture storybook for small children that adults will enjoy too. A modern fairytale, light-hearted and gently humorous. The king enjoys his bath a little too much, and refuses to ever get out again. Nothing anyone tries works. While the story (written by wife Aubrey Wood) is good, it's the illustrations (by husband Don Wood) that will keep children and adults glued to the pages. Full-page (and I do mean full!) oil paintings, elaborate and busy, museum-quality, with tons to look at. When I went ...more
Jan 19, 2015 Libby rated it it was amazing
I'm surprised to find I didn't put this up here when we first checked it out, probably several years ago, now, but I'm including it now! I checked it out again because I realized the girls probably wouldn't remember it from the first time around, and they did not. But N. sure did, and he happily introduced his sisters.

King Bidgood won't get out of the bathtub, and various members of his court try everything to convince him--instead, they get pulled into the tub (fully clothed) and made ridiculou
Ashley Wyatt
May 20, 2016 Ashley Wyatt rated it it was amazing
Amazing illustrations! I want to buy a second book to take apart, frame, and put on my bathroom walls!
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.

*Taken from my book reviews blog:
Angela Hutchinson
Booklist Starred Review, October 1st, 1985
School Library Journal Starred Review, 1985
School Library Journal Best Books of 1985
Caldecott Honor, 1986
Pen Los Angeles Center Literary Award, 1985
Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award, 1988
Port Washington Children's Favorite Book Award, 1990
West Virginia Children's Book Award, 1988 Honor Book
Colorado Children's Book Award, 1987
North Carolina Children's Book Award, 1992
Nevada Children's Book Award, 1988
ALA Notable Book
Parent's Choice Award
Apr 01, 2016 Lynne rated it it was amazing
Lush illustrations and lots of humor as the king refuses to get out of the bathtub. Kids will love the humor and the fact that, after all of the adults try to get him to come out, it is a kid who succeeds.
Jodi Robinson
Apr 20, 2009 Jodi Robinson rated it it was amazing
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!
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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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