President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath

President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath

Picture Book - 2014 | 1st ed
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George Washington crossed the Delaware in the dead of night. Abraham Lincoln saved the Union. And President William Howard Taft, a man of great stature - well, he got stuck in a bathtub. Now how did he get unstuck? Author Mac Barnett and illustrator Chris Van Dusen bring their full comedic weight to this legendary story, imagining a parade of clueless cabinet members advising the exasperated president, leading up to a hugely satisfying, hilarious finale
Publisher: Sommerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2014
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780763663179
Branch Call Number: JPB BARNETT,M
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 30 cm
Additional Contributors: Van Dusen, Chris - Illustrator


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JCLEricaV Mar 25, 2020

A hilarious fictionalized version of the rumor that President William Taft got stuck in the bath. President Taft realizes he's stuck in the bath and all of the members of his cabinet are called into help get him out of the bath. Their various tactics are funny and fit with their cabinet position. A fun book to introduce kids to different members of the cabinet and also just a funny book all around for elementary-age kids.

Dec 04, 2019

The illustrations alone are worth reading this book; as an adult, I always appreciate a children's book that still holds my interest on the 35th read. Content-wise it's a little older than other picture books; I'd probably recommend for the 7+ crowd.

Oct 15, 2019

This book is so strange! Coupled by the fact that it's based off a true story, making it even more weird. I appreciate it's historical value, but it was a little long in parts.

ArapahoeKati Oct 30, 2018

Whenever I see this on the shelf, I have to read it. It makes me laugh every single time. Plus the illustrations are so vibrant and fun!

Apr 17, 2014

Reviews call this book "hilarious" but to me it seems to highlight the fact that prejudice against fat people still seems to be ok; that society thinks it's still ok to point one's finger at a fat person and laugh. If it were an elderly person stuck in the bath, would that be funny? Why is it funny because fat President Taft is stuck? Is this the best Candlewick Press could do? I am so let down, Candlewick. I expected better from you.

Stick with "King Bidgood's In the Bathtub" by Audrey and Don Woods. You'll be better for it.


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PimaLib_WilliamB May 07, 2015

Rumor has it that President Taft became stuck in his tub on the first day of office and required several aides to get him out. As a possible urban legend, this picture book imagines the scenario and turns it into a comical situation.


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