Friday, August 16, 2019

Review: There's a Giraffe in my Bath by Louise Andrews

by Louise Andrews
Clink Street Publishing
Picture Book
ages 3 to 7
20 pages

When four toy animals come to life they become unlikely friends. The toys try to help each other out in a fun bath time adventure. But they might just need some extra help..! There's A Giraffe In My Bath! is the first story for children between the ages of 3 and 6 by Louise Andrews. Illustrations are by Nick Roberts.


A parade of bath time, animal fun marks these pages and creates a cute adventure kids will enjoy.

The giraffe tumbles into the bath, but he isn't alone as other animals follow. Silliness ensues before they are rescued in bathtub style.

This book takes a walk through the imagination and fun surrounding bath time. Young listeners will relate to the various toys splashing into the bath and think of their own adventures between water and suds. These animals are easy to identify and a delight to follow as they fall in one by one. I can see listeners giggling and wanting to hear this one again and again.

The illustrations are bright, carry warmth and bring the commotion to life. Each moment has an accompanying, rhyming text. Unfortunately, this doesn't flow as well as it could and stumbles a little over the tongue when being read aloud. Still, the animals and situations are well met and listeners will enjoy the tale anyway.

And here she is...

 Louise Andrews is a mum to two young boys, whose love for taking all manner of toys in to the bath inspired this story. This is the first book written by the author, who particularly enjoys creating rhyming stories for her children. What started as simple stories to entertain her children has become a passion for creating exciting stories for children everywhere.

The great news is that there’s more to come from Louise. There’s a Giraffe in my Bath has sparked the imagination and led to another children’s book which is currently being written, with more ideas for future books too.

Louise has always had a love of books and still finds time to read all types of fiction. Her favourite authors include; Jodi Taylor, JK Rowling, Maeve Binchy, Katherine Arden, Ben Arronovitch, Jill Mansell and Daphne Du Maurier. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier is Louise’s favourite book.

With two boys to look after (3 if you include the husband!), spare time is at a premium. But when she finds time, Louise enjoys exercise classes, discovering new box sets to binge on, music, cooking (and eating!) and, of course, reading and writing books.

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