By: Todd Tarpley

Illustrated by: Vin Vogel

Published: December 1, 2019

Publisher: Two Lions


A wild imagination makes bath time a blast for Will and his dad.

Will has a wild imagination and loves to go outside and pretend he is a ninja. But, when he comes back inside for lunch, he first must take a bath. Hilarious adventures resume when Will’s imagination takes over in the bathroom. From poisonous flies to a hungry alligator, Will must save his father….no matter the mess!

Kids will find this book silly, but what I love most is the focus on Will’s amazing imagination and pretend play. Books that encourage kids to have fun and be imaginative are exactly the kinds of books I like to read aloud. Will’s dad may be a bit frustrated with Will’s “naughty ninja” ideas, but in the end, everyone is having a blast.

The illustrations are bright and fun, including hilarious facial expressions on both the parents and on Will. The words jump around the page, which engages kids and makes it fun to follow along. There are lots of exclamations and silliness in the reading, which would make this a fun read-aloud.

Kids will find this a fun book, but parents may want to be extra cautious when giving a bath after reading this one! They could just find a ‘naughty ninja” in their tub!

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Todd Tarpley is the author of a number of picture books, including Three Grumpy Trucks, illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees; How to Become a Knight, illustrated by Jenn Harney; Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep!, illustrated by John Rocco; and Ten Tiny Toes, illustrated by Marc Brown. He lives in New York City. Visit him online at

Vin Vogel is the author-illustrator of A Home for Leo, The Thing About Yetis, and Bedtime for Yeti. He is also the illustrator of a number of books, including the Bob and Joss series by Peter McCleery and Maddi’s Fridge by Lois Brandt, which won a Christopher Award. Vin lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he can be found with his two cats and his single-fin surfboards. Learn more about Vin at

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A TIGER LIKE ME by Michael Engler

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Thanks to the publisher for sending a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. If you choose to purchase the book through the above link, I may receive a small commission without you having to pay a cent more for your purchase.
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