The Flying Bath by Julia Donaldson and David Roberts

Somewhere in the world, there’s a thirsty kangaroo stranded in the desert, a frantic bee in a wilting garden, a muddy pig who yearns for a bath, a distressed baboon trapped in a forest fire and a fish in a rapidly shrinking pond. Thankfully, they all know just who to call for help with their water-related emergencies: three unlikely heroes in their shiny white steed, The Flying Bath!

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Somewhat Bathroom-Toy-Story-esque, this is a lighthearted book about camaraderie and simply lending a hand whenever and wherever it’s needed. The bright, cheerful illustrations by Iggy Peck Architect’s David Roberts are also full of adorable details — the showerhead telephone! — in a lovely colour palette, and are bound to put a smile on your face. It’s also a clever way to introduce kids to some of the very real water/environmental woes faced by people and animals all over the world.

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As some other reviews have noted, the rhymes in this book are definitely simpler than what Julia Donaldson’s fans have come to expect from her (i.e. Gruffalo-style), but if you read the book with an open mind, you might be more charmed by it than you’d expect — like I was. Besides, it’s nice to see an author step out of his or her comfort zone and try to do something different for a change.

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