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Author: Andrea Perry

Illustrator: Roberta Angaramo

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Publisher: Atheneum,

Material: hard cover

Summary: The mailman for the Bickleby’s family fell into the birdbath. How did this happen? The book shows you what occurred before he fell so you can see what caused it. This is a funny story about how a hole in a garden hose messed up everyone’s day.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 7

Reading Level: 3.6

Age of Child: Read by a 6-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter picked this one, and loved it! She said the story was very fun and funny. She also really enjoyed the illustrations. We read this a lot. I was surprised she liked it so much. She even told some of her friends to read it.

Adult Reader Reaction: I thought it was very inventive. It is fun to read. It is a neat perspective on how just one issue can mess up a whole lot of things.

Pros: This is an inventive story that everyone can enjoy.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. I think most kids will like this book. It should definitely be in a library. I would buy this book for any child.


Educational Themes: This is a story mostly meant to share and laugh with. It does show you, though, how we all affect each other with our actions.

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from the local library.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, humor

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2010

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