Picture Book Review: President Taft is Stuck in the Bath by Mac Barnett

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Children’s author Mac Barnett tells the funny story of President Taft getting stuck in his bathtub and the humorous chaos that follows it.

Hours go by as he tries to think of ways to get himself out. When his wife finally checks on him, she has an idea of what to do, but he wants his cabinet secretaries to come up with a plan to get him unstuck. Some want to blast him out or butter him up to squeeze him out, depending on what cabinet they head. After a few more silly suggestions, Taft’s wife’s good old-fashioned way wins, and they finally pull him out, though not without some great effort that will make your child chuckle.

The illustrations are colorful and vivid and don’t worry parents, everything is covered by strategically placed bubbles or water and the effect throughout the whole book is a good-natured humor.

President William Taft was a big man. At six feet tall and more than three hundred pounds, he was our biggest President. Did he really get stuck in his tub? We do know that he had custom-made bathtubs but whether he got stuck in one or not remains a quirky presidential mystery till today.

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