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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Canada (Feb. 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545986001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545986007
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 19.8 x 0.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Quill & Quire

Robert Munsch has done it again. The prolific storyteller’s latest book keeps up the high standard of silliness we’ve come to expect from Canada’s King of KidLit. The familiar formula of repetition, exaggeration, and humour that has made Munsch a household name are used to good effect in Down the Drain. When Adam bounces a little too high on his backyard trampoline, he lands in a pile of ashes from a recent campfire. That means it’s time for a bath, and, like many kids, Adam does not like baths. His dad manages to drag him to the bathroom and turn on the water, but then gets distracted by a series of phone calls. By the time he returns, the whole bathroom has filled up, and Adam, his little sister, the cat, and the dog are floating merrily underwater. It’s not hard to guess what happens when Adam finally pulls the plug. (Hint: note the title.) Michael Martchenko’s goofy watercolours are well suited to Munsch’s hyperbolic tone, which is probably why the two have been paired together on so many books. Any kid in need of a bath will relate to Down the Drain. So will any child who both yearns for more autonomy and is terrified of achieving it.

About the Author

ROBERT MUNSCH is Canada's bestselling author of more than forty picture books for younger readers, and is beloved by children, teenages, parents, teachers, and booksellers everywhere.

MICHAEL MARTCHENKO's illustrations are as instantly identifiable as Robert Munsch's stories. His wild and colourful images have added depth and even more hilarity to these now classic tales. He was the recipient of the Canadian Booksellers' Association Children's Illustrator of the Year Libris Award in 2006.

Author's Residence: Guelph, Ontario
Illustrator's Residence: Toronto, Ontario


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tami Brady HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on April 12 2009
Format: Paperback
When you see the name Robert Munsch, you can guarantee that the book is going to be a winner. His stories are always so much fun. He takes simple things to such extremes that while reading you can't help but get caught up in the silliness.

Down the Drain is a perfect example of Munsch mania. The story takes place in the bathtub. Adam forgets to turn off the water and the bathroom begins to flood. The solution seems simple enough- just pull the plug but Adam decides that this is the perfect opportunity to get a few things that his father wouldn't normally get for him. Hilarity ensues.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. McEvoy HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on Feb. 9 2009
Format: Paperback
I know that Robert Munsch's books are immensely popular. In fact a few years ago I was a huge fan and purchased and gave away copy after copy of many of his books. Yet I find in his more recent books that there is a cynicism and disrespect that I no longer enjoy.

In this story, Adam who winds up in trouble, ends up blackmailing his father to get him a new skateboard, new shoes, a dress for his sister and a hamburger. Those are not the kinds of lessons I want my children learning - that they only have to do what you ask them if you bribe them.

The story is supposed to be fun and humorous and the illustrations are great. But it is just not a story I can recommend. I find that some of the most cynical people in life are formerly religious, and even more so for Jesuits. Maybe that explains Munsch's writing and stories.
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Five Stars Dec 8 2014
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Munch fun!! My students are so excited when I add more Munsch to the classroom library.
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Dissapointing Feb. 9 2009
By Steven R. McEvoy - Published on Amazon.com
I know that Robert Munsch's books are immensely popular. In fact a few years ago I was a huge fan and purchased and gave away copy after copy of many of his books. Yet I find in his more recent books that there is a cynicism and disrespect that I no longer enjoy.

In this story, Adam who winds up in trouble, ends up blackmailing his father to get him a new skateboard, new shoes, a dress for his sister and a hamburger. Those are not the kinds of lessons I want my children learning - that they only have to do what you ask them if you bribe them.

The story is supposed to be fun and humorous and the illustrations are great. But it is just not a story I can recommend. I find that some of the most cynical people in life are formerly religious, and even more so for Jesuits. Maybe that explains Munsch's writing and stories.


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