Posted in Preschool Reads, Toddler Reads

Book Review: Tubby, by Leslie Patricelli (Candlewick Press, 2010)

tubbyRecommended for ages 0-4

In Leslie Patricielli’s book, Tubby, a toddler’s bath time is fun time! Patricelli takes readers through the ritual of bath time from a toddler’s point of view. The toddler begins with the joy of running around naked; after getting into the bath, he plays with the bubbles and gets soap in his eyes – which Mommy makes all better. After getting rinsed off, dried and diapered, baby is all clean and ready to play. The book, illustrated by Patricelli, uses bright acrylic illustrations and bold, simple text to create a fun story that communicates the excitement of bath time and gives parents and guardians the opportunity to incorporate the story into a bath time ritual.

Patricelli’s book Tubby is the companion book to Potty, featuring the same happy toddler who needs to “go potty” and goes on his own adventure to figure it out.  Patricelli also uses acrylic illustrations and bold, simple text to tell this story.

A fun story time activity could incorporate bath time rhymes, like Rub-a-Dub-Dub, that parents could share with their children at home. Librarians can also purchase small rubber ducks from catalogs like Oriental Trading and hand them out at story time.



I'm a mom, a children's librarian, bibliophile, and obsessive knitter. I'm a pop culture junkie and a proud nerd, and favorite reads usually fall into Sci-Fi/Fantasy. I review comics and graphic novels at WhatchaReading ( I'm also the co-founder of On Wednesdays We Wear Capes (, where I discuss pop culture and geek fandom from a female point of view.

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