The Monster in the Bathhouse

S. & S. Mar. 2022. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781534496828.
K-Gr 2–There is a Div (Persian monster) threatening to ruin Nowruz (the new year) in the bathhouse. A group of friends think they have seen the Div and warn their fathers, who in turn find only a small cat walking through the beautiful building—giving everyone a good laugh. Soft, colorful illustrations, punctuated by bright reds, complement the narrative that introduces Nowruz, including its rituals. The beautifully illustrated architecture and decor of the bathhouse provide an ideal setting for the excitement and rituals of holiday preparation. For readers celebrating Nowruz, this book is a fun way to get excited for the new year, with a thrilling Div tale. For readers unfamiliar with it, Merabian provides a brief summary, its traditions, and how this tale fits in with Persian storytelling.
VERDICT For libraries looking to expand juvenile architecture or holiday collections, this tale fills a niche.

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