A Funeral in the Bathroom: and Other School Bathroom Poems


My teacher's pretty slick, Has a hundred teaching tricks. Even in the bathroom stalls, She hangs poetry on the walls, And while I'm there all alone I can't help but read a poem. From "Gross" and "Flushophobic" to "There's a Sock in the Toilet," these poems will have kids laughing all the way to "The Bathroom Dance!"

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My teacher's pretty slick, Has a hundred teaching tricks. Even in the bathroom stalls, She hangs poetry on the walls, And while I'm there all alone I can't help but read a poem. From "Gross" and "Flushophobic" to "There's a Sock in the Toilet," these poems will have kids laughing all the way to "The Bathroom Dance!"

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
With several offerings built around the idea that "There should be a place/ kids can go/ when life has dealt/ another blow," Dakos's humorous, bittersweet poems and Beech's mischievous illustrations center on the school bathroom as a place of refuge, camaraderie, and, of course, necessity. Episodes vary from minor humiliations—one kid drags toilet paper on his shoe into class—to more somber affairs. "Before I went/ to the hospital,/ I hid in the bathroom / and cried./ I'm back with/ a horrible secret:/ This time/ I could have died," relates a girl gazing despondently at her reflection. A heartfelt collage of relatable moments. Ages 6–9. (July)
Children's Literature - Janice DeLong
Perhaps all who have harbored a goldfish for only a few hours only to find it floating belly up will have a special affinity for this collection of verses. Author Dakos utilizes the basics of life to entertain and encourage young writers to find a connection with the art form. The collection of nearly fifty verses runs the gamut from social to most personal with titles ranging from "Gross" to "Dancing in the Bathroom." Doubtless, there is a reader who will identify with one or more of each of these story poems. Has not everyone either seen or been the person with toilet tissue "Stuck in His Shoe," or been in the same situation as the uncomfortable fellow in "Emergency?" The prolific and expressive illustrations of Mark Beech provide just the right humorous accompaniment for each poem. Reviewer: Janice DeLong
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—As in The Goof Who Invented Homework (Dial, 1996) and other collections, Dakos once again documents the ups and downs of school life. Here her focus is on the bathroom, home to a surprising variety of activities ranging from poignant to lighthearted. Kids come to read, talk, and hold a funeral for the class pet, a goldfish. The bathroom is where those who need to be alone can go: "When life is a poem/that's lost its rhyme,/kids head to the bathroom/all the time." A savvy teacher posts poetry all over the walls, inspiring readers to attempt poems of their own. Children will giggle even as they relate to the bathroom dance: "the wiggle jiggle do-si-doh,/bounce up and down when we have to go,/cross our legs, hold our pants—we all know the Bathroom Dance!" The poems are accompanied by humorous color cartoons. This accessible collection of light verse will be a welcome addition.—Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807526750
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 624,537
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Kalli Dakos is the best-selling author of over 2,000 poems about elementary school life. Her books include If You're Not Here, Please Raise Your Hand, Whatever You Do!, Don't Read This Book, The Goof Who Invented Homework, and The Bug in Teacher's Coffee. These books are all Children's Choices from the International Reading Association. She lives in Virginia. kallidakos.com

Mark Beech is a successful freelance illustrator who works mostly in the world of children's publishing. Mark also works in the world of packaging, greetings cards and advertising. Mark loves his career and works in a professional & timely way to delivery high quality illustrations to his many customers throughout the world. He lives in London, England.

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