Clementine’s BATH by Annie White
Published by New Frontier Publishing
Clementine’s BATH is a fun picture book about a dog called Clementine who loves to explore the garden for interesting smells. When she finds the best one, she rolls in it and covers herself in heavenly stink.
So the chase begins to catch Clementine and give her a bath. She is chased from one place to another through the house and garden before accidentally landing in the bath. Resigned to her fate, Clementine decides to just go with it and actually enjoys the bath experience.
“Clementine was now shampooed
and powdered for the bugs.
Perhaps her stinky smell was not ...
As good as all the hugs.”
Fans of rhyming picture books (and who isn’t?) will love the energy created by Author/ Illustrator Annie White’s colourful use of rhyme and meter. Clementine is a playful character that children will adore. She’s a little bit mischievous and anyone who has tried to bath an unco-operative dog (or child) will relate to the plot.
The illustrations will make you smile, even without the text. Most are double spread until the big chase, where punchy, single page illustrations increase the pace of the story until the big SPLASH!
Children will love naughty Clementine and the musicality of this story, it’s easy to memorise and guaranteed to induce giggles.
The back endpapers of this book are genius. They feature a double spread map of the house and yard, tracing Clementine’s trail as narrated in the story. Readers can flick back and forth between the story and trace Clementine’s frantic chase with their finger.
This is a fun book with a classic narrative and broad appeal, making a great gift or library stock.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author/Illustrator: Annie White
Title: Clementine’s BATH
Publisher: New Frontier Publishing
Published: October 2015