Goodreads: Otter: Oh No, Bath Time!
Published: June 2016
Otter and Teddy love to play in the yard, but when Otter Keeper decides it’s bath time, the protagonist tries to hide.
I’m really not sure what to say about this early reader. As with The Best Job Ever!, the concept of a character fearing bath time and then learning bath time is fun is hardly new. I hoped that Otter would make it feel new–she’s very funny. But this may be the weakest Otter offering yet.
The books seems odd in that it both assumes reader familiarity with Otter and her world and does not. Otter Keeper, for example, speaks several times before being shown–then readers see only his back and later a few glimpses of his hand. It’s kind of odd having this invisible caretaker present–unless, of course, you already know who Otter Keeper is. But if you already know who Otter Keeper is, then you have been reading about Otter for awhile and the premise of Otter hating baths seems ridiculous. She’s presumably been bathing this whole time. Why is she suddenly hiding from the tub now?
I suppose early readers aren’t going to over-analyze the premise of the book and will simply be enchanted by Otter’s winsome personality and her funny attempts to avoid getting clean. However, I couldn’t help but feel the whole time that something was off. And yet, I still love Otter. I want to read more of her stories. I hope that the next picture book will again give us everything that makes Otter so lovable.