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Robert Munsch

Down the Drain!

By Robert Munsch
Illustrations by Michael Martchenko

Ages 3 - 7
32 Pages
Scholastic Canada Ltd.
ISBN 9780545986007 Paperback
ISBN 9780545985499 Book and CD package
Also available in French: Tire le bouchon, fiston!

Robert Munsch’s hilarious take on bathtime is a long overdue tribute to the kids who dread taking them — and the poor parents who dread giving them!

Adam is covered in dirt. His hands are dirty. His face is dirty. And his feet are dirty.

“Adam, you need a bath!” his father yells.

But Adam doesn’t like baths. All that soap in his eyes, soap in his ears, and soap in his mouth! He doesn’t like them one bit.

So while his little sister, his dog, and his cat are laughing, Adam’s father outsmarts him and pops him in the tub.

Little does Dad know that Adam has a few tricks of his own...and once he’s in the tub, in control of the tap AND the plug, the mayhem will begin!

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About the story

In February of 1988, Robert Munsch was at the Toronto Storytelling Festival and made up a story for a kid named Alice who did not like to take baths. Eighteen years later he visited a friend who liked to have bonfires, and they had such a huge fire that night that the fire department came and put it out.

Munsch looked at the huge pile of smoking ashes and thought, "If Alice had fallen in that pile, it would explain why she needed a bath." Unfortunately, he had not kept track of Alice, so he wrote the bath story for two of the kids tending the fire. That is how Adam and Janna got in the story: the book is set in their backyard.

Image credits

Image credits:

From Swamp Water. Text copyright © 2013 by Bob Munsch Enterprises Ltd. Illustrations © 2013 by Michael Martchenko. All rights reserved.

From Too Much Stuff! Text copyright © 2010 by Bob Munsch Enterprises Ltd. Illustrations copyright © 2010 by Michael Martchenko. All rights reserved.