Splish, Splash, Splosh! Author: David Melling Illustrator: David Melling
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Format: Padded Board Books

Age Range: 2-5 years

Publication Date: March 2013

BISAC: JUV009030

Pages: 22

Book Format Detail: Board Book with Padded Cover

Retail Price: $8.95

ISBN-13: 9781589256439

ISBN-10: 158925-643-3

Dimensions: 7-7/8" x 7-7/8" x 3/4"

Splosh the Duck and his friends are lining up to take a dip in the pool. Dressed in their best bathing suits and swimming accessories, the adorable ducks waddle, bounce, and splash. Count from 1 to 10 as each duck approaches the pool! The soft padded covers, rounded corners and sturdy board pages make this title a perfect fit for preschoolers!

Lexile: AD260

July 1, 2013, Kirkus Reviews

Ten ducklings brave a dip in a child's wading pool. "One fluffy duck goes waddling one day. / Two fluffy ducks have found a place to play!" The verse counts its way up to 10 as more and more white ducks enter stage left. When each bird arrives, it ascends a short ladder and crosses a low diving board, but the ducks never make it into the water until the last spread, where the text re-states the title: "SPLISH, SPLASH, SPLOSH!" Various slapstick difficulties impede the critters' attempts to swim, such as a tree branch that snags one duckling's inner tube to leave the creature tantalizingly dangling over the water. While the rhyming text scans, it does not always coincide with the jaunty cartoons. The ducks do not look particularly fluffy. A couple of times the birds are said to be grinning or talking, but their bills never reflect this. One of the ducklings is called "Splosh," but none of the others are named. Melling's pen-and-ink drawings in fluid lines and muted colors are a delight and have a pleasingly retro look and feel; here's hoping he can a find (or write) another text worthy of his talents. The charm of the illustrations cannot redeem their poor interaction with the text. 

December 1, 2013, School Library Journal

In this lively concept book, 10 fluffy ducks in bright flippers and fins, inner tubes and water wings, line up on a diving board to take a swim in a small inflatable pool. None of them wants to be the first to take the plunge, but by the last page, they are all enjoying the water with a "splish, splash, splosh!" The cartoon illustrations, set against a crisp white background, are colorful and cleanly executed, if a bit static. The ducks, with little dot eyes, are playfully charming. The rhyming text is appropriately short and printed in a large font for easy reading. Sound effects printed in smaller text are sprinkled throughout. The numbers on each page are spelled out in uppercase letters, but numerals would have been a nice addition. Although the story is generic, the cheerful colors and lively characters will appeal to babies and toddlers. A good title to share with a group. Amy Seto Musser, Denver Public Library. 

March 18, 2013, Publishers Weekly

Melling's easygoing cartooning and exuberant rhymes take readers from one to 10 in this counting book with a padded cover. A spirited cast of 10 small ducks are the stars of the show, and as the pages progress, more and more can be seen climbing onto a small diving board (each is equipped with floaties, inner tubes, and other aquatic accessories), preparing to jump into the kiddie pool that awaits: "FIVE fluffy ducks--Splosh gives the pool a try./ SIX fluffy ducks. Bounce. Watch them fly!" Buoyant verse and an abundance of comedic details make this a fun lap read. 


Your youngster will be delighted to count from one to ten with the fluffy ducks as they go waddling, flapping, grinning, jumping, and splish, splash, sploshing away. This book is adorable and funny. Even I couldn't help but laugh as I watched the ever increasing number of ducks and their poolside antics. Simple text, loads of action words, and cute illustrations fill this one. Even if your child has a dozen counting books, you need to make room for this one.