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Down the Drain! [Paperback]

Robert Munsch , Michael Martchenko
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Feb. 1 2009 Robert Munsch
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 outsmartshim 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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Down the Drain April 12 2009
By Tami Brady HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing Feb. 9 2009
By Steven R. McEvoy HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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2.0 out of 5 stars 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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