Story by Becky Bravo
Illustrations by Jason Moss
Best Reads for 2010, 1st National Children’s Book Awards
Miguel does not like taking a bath. Even if his nanay keeps on reminding him, he runs off to play outside, not taking a bath. One morning, he wakes up to find little plants sprouting from different parts of his body! Will these plants ever stop growing?
Ayaw maligo ni Miguel. Kahit na anong paalala ng kaniyang nanay, tumatakbo lang siya upang maglaro sa labas, nang hindi naliligo. Isang umaga, nagising siyang may mga halaman sa iba’t ibang bahagi ng kaniyang katawan! Titigil kaya ang pagtubo ng mga halaman?
Language: English with Filipino (Tagalog) translation
Age Recommendation: 8+
32 pages | 100 grams | 7 by 9 inches
Citation from the 2010 National Children's Book Awards:
One morning, Miguel wakes up to find little mung bean seedlings growing out of his ears. "That's what you get for not taking a bath," his mother says quite nonchalantly. Miguel promises to take a bath, but he keeps putting it off so that he can play with his friends. Meanwhile, more and more plants start growing all over his body—a veritable vegetable garden! Miguel starts to panic, but his mother remains cool and calm.
Becky Bravo has written very interesting characters and a funny, immensely entertaining story. Jason Moss' colorful, vivid, and detailed illustrations add even more humor to the book. Just Add Dirt will have children giggling behind their hands, then bursting into loud and hearty laughter. And they just might think twice about not taking a bath...