STACY McANULTY grew up outside of Albany, New York, and received her BS in mechanical engineering from the University at Buffalo. A career opportunity brought her to central North Carolina in 1998. She lives in Kernersville, N.C., with her husband, their three children, and two dogs. a JOY ANG is a freelance artist who has illustrated children's books and works as a character designer on the TV show Adventure Time. She graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Design in 2007. Her most recent picture books include Mustache Baby and Mustache Baby Meets His Match.
A filth-encrusted gamin ticks off precisely why a trip to the tub isnoton the list of priorities. Sporting grimy skin and twiggy hair, a brown-haired, fair-skinned child decides to list the 101 reasons why bathing is not an appealing option. Starting with I m not dirty and proceeding from there, the grubby kid plays every card in the deck. McAnulty manages to keep the action hopping in a narrative that really is just a very long list. There are the expected excuses ( Monsters live in the drain ), the unexpected ( I have a self-cleaning button like the oven that would be a bellybutton), and the downright clever ( Most household accidents happen in the bathroom. Scientific fact! ). When confronted with the kicker that only 88 reasons have been listed (a sly twist adults won t see coming), the child responds with an additional 13 repetitions of I don t want to (the title of the book isn t101UniqueReasons Why I m NOT Taking a Bath, after all). In the end bathtime is achieved, and the child has a sudden change of heart. Ang provides a peppy visual narrative to pair with the extensive monologue, though, alas, the art never quite reaches the levels of eclectic, original insanity the text leaves openings for. There s really only one reason to read this book: it s a hoot. Kirkus Reviews (5/27/16)"