Posted by: Kathy Temean | September 22, 2020

Book Giveaway: BOBBY BABINSKI’S BATHTUB by Judy Young

Judy Young has written a new picture book, BOBBY BABINSKI’S BATHTUB, illustrated by Kevin M. Barry. It’s published by Sleeping Bear Press and hit the bookstores on August 15. Sleeping Bear Press has agreed to share a copy with one lucky winner. All you have to do to get in the running is leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know other things you do to share the good news, so I can put the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter or reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. So, thanks for helping Judy and Kevin!.

If you have signed up to follow my blog and it is delivered to you everyday, please let me know when you leave a comment and I will give you an extra ticket. Thanks!


When little Bobby Babinski is reluctant to get into his tub at bath time, his father gets to work to make the event more fun. Cutting a hole in the roof of the house, Papa Babinski constructs a massive slippery slide for Bobby to use. And while doing loopity-loops and glippety-glides is great fun, it’s still not enough for Bobby. In order to satisfy the ever-increasing whims of his son, Papa Babinski goes to extreme lengths, including adding a few aquatic critters. Will Bobby ever be satisfied? Will he ever get clean? Comedic over-the-top artwork brings to life every child’s dream of the perfect bath time.


Bobby Babinski’s Bathtub began its journey about twelve years ago after talking with a young mother about how bathtime was a nightmare with her child. When my son was young, he too hated getting into the tub. That conversation led to an idea for a story about parents going to extremes to get a kid to take a bath.

My original story was written in prose. I had fun writing it, but having other contracted books that I was working on, the first draft of my bathtime story got set aside and gathered dust on my computer for several years. Then, one day in 2017, when going through old files, I came across it again. I still liked the idea but it just didn’t feel right to me. Prose seemed too heavy for this story—it needed to be light and airy. I thought rhyming poetry would work much better. So I started rewriting.

Character names are always important, and I take a lot of time thinking about them. I wanted to have alliteration with bathtub—Bobby easily fit the bill. But I wanted a last name, too. In thinking about the story line in which the father goes to extremes to please his son, I thought, “It’s almost instinctive, almost reflexive that parents want their kids to be happy.” The minute I thought about the word “reflexive,” I knew what Bobby’s last name would be. Babinski is the name of a reflex exhibited by newborns. Babinski had all the right ingredients: it had alliteration as well as consonance and it was fun—tripping off the tongue almost like zipping down a loopity-loop slide. I decided to use Papa instead of dad or father so there would be even more “lip-made sounds.” Thus, Bobby Babinski and Papa Babinski were created!

I submitted Bobby Babinski’s Bathtub to Sleeping Bear Press in 2018 and it was accepted for publication faster than I have ever had a manuscript accepted—less than a month! Then, the magic started happening. They found Kevin Barry to bring Bobby and his bathtub alive visually. And Kevin did a fantastic job—I love his illustrations! They are bright, active and fun! Not only did Kevin capture Bobby, Papa and the incredible desires Bobby has about his bathtub, Kevin loaded the illustrations with many fun details, from crabs and seashells on bathroom fixtures, to a rubber ducky and a whale that keep showing up in many of the pictures. I especially like the “split screen” illustrations in which you can see both above and underwater at the same time. I always feel it is true magic when words and illustrations sync up so well in a picture book, and that’s what I feel happened in Bobby Babinski’s Bathtub.



Judy Young is an award-winning author of twenty-nine children’s fiction, poetry and nonfiction picture books and novels, including her first novel for young adults. A frequent speaker at schools nationwide, Judy’s author visits include both educational presentations and poetry writing workshop residencies for elementary and middle school students. She also conducts writing workshops for teachers for their professional development in-services and is a frequent speaker for educational organizations and professional conferences nationwide. With twenty years previous experience in the public schools, Judy has first hand experience with improving students’ writing skills and her presentations and workshops are directly related to school curriculum.

When Judy was ten, she showed her grandmother a poem she had written. Her grandmother advised her to keep writing and Judy did! Judy is the award-winning author of twenty-eight children’s poetry, fiction and nonfiction books, all published by Sleeping Bear Press, and one young adult novel published by Kelsay Books. She lives with her husband Ross, a professional artist, and their three dogs in the mountains in southeast Idaho. When not writing, Judy likes to be outdoors—hiking, camping, fishing, snowshoeing, or maintaining the Young’s private wildlife preserve. You can read more about Judy and her books at and follow her on Facebook @judyyoungbooks.


Kevin M, Barry has illustrated numerous books, including Ghost Cat and Kindergarrrten Bus. His whimsical art style is bright, silly, and most importantly, fun!

Working with children everyday allows Kevin Barry a unique perspective in creating his artwork.  He has seen that certain styles may capture momentary interest, but it is the artwork filled with humanity that attracts and holds a child’s attention.  It is humanity in character that imbues a story with magic, love, and longevity.

It is Kevin’s goal to create beautiful, engaging, human artwork in every project.

He lives near Boston, Massachusetts. Visit his website at:

Thank you Judy for sharing your book and journey with us. I have a copy and it is so much fun. Made me laugh out loud. I love how this funny story and whacky illustrations help teach children the importance of good hygiene and how there is no reason you can’t have fun while keeping clean. Kudos to Kevin for the great job he did with the illustrations. Kids will love reading and looking at the pictures. Good luck with the book!

Kevin was featured on Illustrator Saturday. Here is the link.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. I loved hearing the book’s journey toward publication. Looks like a fun book. Fingers crossed that I’m the lucky winner. 🙂


  2. What a fun book! Congratulations, Judy and Kevin!


  3. No need to add my name; I have a copy and am giving it to my grandson soon. It is TERRIFIC!


  4. What a fun book that kids will love -congrats!


  5. What a fun book! I definitely need to read it to my bath reluctant grandchild! Thanks for the great interview. I love reading all these blog posts and will share!


    • Thanks Ellen! I have a reluctant bath grandchild, too!


  6. What fun and a perfect title!


  7. Such an engaging story with superb illustrations! I’ll be adding this to my TBR list. Thanks!


  8. This sounds like a fun one, can’t wait to read it!


  9. This looks like a fun, rollicking book! Congrats, Judy & Kevin! It looks awesome.


  10. This looks awesome! Reminds me a bit of Chris Van Dusen’s “If I Built a Car” and “If I Built a School” with all the over-the-top-ness! Love it! And I’m ALWAYS a fan of another rhyming book out in the world! YAY to the rhyme writers! I will Tweet this as well! 🙂


    • Thanks Rebecca!
      I must state
      That your words
      Made me feel great!

      (glad you like rhyme!!!)


  11. Judy’s books captivate the imagination and curiosity of childhood.


  12. What a fun approach to a bath time story! I agree the rhyme makes it so fun to read. Congratulations!

    Kathy, I shared on twitter and get your blog everyday.


  13. I’d love to win this book by Judy! She has soooo many great books! (and yes – I get your blog daily, Kathy!)


  14. I really enjoy Judy’s books. The story & illustrations for Bobby Babinski’s Bathtub make me smile.


  15. I am excited to read this book to my nieces and nephew use thank you for the opportunity!


  16. This looks like such a fun book! Kids will love it!!


  17. I love Judy’s books!


  18. Judy’s books are the best!!


  19. Judy has such an imagination and has a way of telling a story that connects with children! Love how she uses language in creative ways in Bobby Babinski’s Bathtub! The brightly colored illustrations are fun and appeal to kids!


  20. Congrats! Great idea.


  21. I know a lot of parents who could have used this book…Thanks for putting so much fun into this book,Judy..


  22. What a fun book — I want to take the plunge! I am also a newsletter subscriber.


  23. This will make the perfect birthday gift for my grandson.


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