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Dec 09 2013

How to wash a woolly mammoth by Michelle Robinson

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Ill. by Kate Hindley. Scholastic, 2013. ISBN 9781742760773.
An exuberantly funny look at bath time through one little girl's attempts at getting the woolly mammoth into the bath is displayed through spare text and colourful illustrations. She tries varying methods of getting the large animal into the water, and then has to contend with other problems, of how to wash his hair, for example, particularly avoiding the problem of soap in the eyes.
Told hilariously using the guise of a training manual, each page offers younger readers a fun read, complete with illustrations that add another level of humour, as the mammoth's mood changes according to what is happening to him.
A very funny take on bath time and its inherent problems will be eagerly devoured by younger readers, particularly those averse to taking a bath.
The humour is continued with a range of products suitable for a mammoth bath at the end of the book, making this a joy to read aloud and share.
Fran Knight

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