Shirley Parenteau is the author of two other books about the bears as well One Frog Sang, illustrated by Cynthia Jabar. She says, "Getting grubby bears into the tub isn't easy, but it's fun!" Shirley Parenteau lives in Elk Grove, California.
David Walker has illustrated many children's books, including the two previous bears books and Peep and Ducky by David Martin. He says, "What could be better than a bunch of bouncing baby bears in bubbles?" David Walker lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
With large font and short phrases, each easy-to-read four-line
stanza moves the story forward to its splashy conclusion. Children
will be amused by the bouncy rhymes, which are easy for toddlers to
grasp and eventually memorize. It's nice to read strong verbs like
smudge, trudge, scoop, wriggle and
giggle in a book for toddlers, helping them build their
vocabulary and adding interest for the adults who will no doubt
read this many times. Splish! Splash! Everyone will look forward to
The rhyming text is sing-songy and smooth... The subdued acrylic
hues of the salmon pink, sky blue, soft yellow, tan, and light
brown bears-and their resemblance to the kinds of simple, fuzzy
bears used to decorate nurseries-create a childlike feel. The ample
white space surrounding the bears allows children to focus on the
cuddly critters. This is a sweet story for children to share with
their grown-ups before bed or bath time.
--School Library Journal
This charming book will entice young children with its bright
palette and energetic narrative. Parenteau's rhymes flow smoothly
and employ an impressive array of synonyms to describe the young
bears' lack of cleanliness. The sketchy illustrations are loose but
uncluttered, nicely capturing the simple joys of bath time with
their vibrant colors. A sweet addition to the bath-time genre.
Walker's acrylic paintings make the bears as adorable and
personable as ever, and Parenteau's peppy descriptions of their
in-the-tub antics ("They toss the bubbles./ They giggle and
shriek") may persuade a few reluctant bathers to dive in.
Big Brown Bear wants to entice four "grimy" but stubborn cubs
into the bath, and finds a wonderful way to accomplish his mission
in this fresh twist on bathtime tales. ... David Walker uses
acrylics like pastels, as he depicts an irresistible parade of
toddler stand-ins tracking muddy paw prints hither and yon. ...
Guaranteed to break down resistance to bathtime.
--Shelf Awareness (starred review)