Module 14: Take Me Out of the Bathtub

Module 14: Take Me Out of the Bathtub



Katz, A. (2001). Take me out of the bathtub. New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books.


This is a book of silly songs and nonsense that kids will love. Familiar songs such as Take Me Out to the Ballgame are presented in new ways that will keep kids laughing.

What Did I Think?

Students love the nonsense that fills this book. Each page is yet another version of a song they know and the new versions are more likely to create a class full of singers. The rhyming patterns help with hearing the sounds of words and the music that can be heard in every day conversations.


From Publishers Weekly

Songwriter and television comedy writer Katz provides ludicrous lyrics to 14 traditional tunes, offering playful parodies on some familiar routines. To the tune of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” a boy wearing roller skates claims he has been soaking so long in the tub that he “used one, two, three bars of soap/ Take me out… I’m clean!” Other amusing entries include “I’ve Been Cleaning Up My Bedroom” (sung to “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad”), in which a girl tidies her room by shoving all of her belongings “out the door,” which Catrow (She’s Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head!) interprets quite literally (he shows her bureau, goldfish, etc., piling up in the back yard), and “Give Me a Break” (sung to the tune of “Home on the Range”), introducing a child whose library book is long overdue. A few songs do not scan so well (e.g., this verse set to the tune of “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean”: “My brother flicks peas with his fork and/ They zip down my shirt with a splat/ Next I see a big piece of pork land/ On my head like it’s a new hat!”). But the subjects (a sibling with a stinky diaper, a youngster who refuses to go to bed, a cranky poodle think “Yankee Doodle”) teamed with Catrow’s outlandish illustrations, as hyperbolic as the words, will have kids giggling as they sing. Ages 2-6. 

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Gr 3-5-This hilarious collection goes straight to the heart of playground humor. What made “On Top of Spaghetti” such an integral part of popular culture is what makes these selections so equally successful. Well-known songs like “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean,” and “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” become-with a wink, a poke, and nod-“Take Me Out of the Bathtub,” “The Yogurt Flies Straight from My Brother,” and “I’ve Been Cleaning Up My Bedroom.” Some of these transformations are so clever that kids will want to burst into song immediately. Imagine your next patron singing, “Oh give me a break/`Cause I made a mistake/And my library book’s overdue” to the tune of “Home on the Range.” The watercolor illustrations are equally entertaining, with exaggerated features and situations giving them a cartoon look. “Go Go Go to Bed” depicts an exhausted mom slumped in a chair with toys and a child literally bouncing off the ceiling above her. There’s something here to tickle most funny bones.-Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Library Lesson
Many of the songs could be put to music and sang along with movements or props. The book could also be included with other poetry books during a unit on poetry.

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