We Eat Dinner in the Bathtub

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By Angela Shelf Medearis, Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers

Scholastic, 1996

“Do you want to eat dinner at my house, Josh?” “Okay, Harris.” “We eat dinner in the bathtub.” “THE BATHTUB?” “Yes.” “Why do you do that? You should eat dinner in the dining room.” “We sleep in the dining room.”

I don’t know what I love most about this slight little book, which is perfect for beginning readers. The hilarious premise?  (Harris’s kooky family uses every room in their house for purposes other than what they were intended for.) The wonderful illustrations? (Which beautifully underscore the idea that it’s not only okay but more fun to be different.) Or, quite possibly, it’s the fact that throughout this book, Josh and Harris are carrying on a conversation while having a totally free-range adventure: reading comics in a treehouse, climbing down a steep cliff face, biking down a curvy, narrow mountain road… Ah for the good old days.

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