Regarding the Bathrooms: A Privy to the Past


Poor Principal Walter Russ. He's desperate for designer Florence Waters to renovate the school’s disgusting basement bathrooms, and the stress is causing him to get, ahem, all clogged up. Luckily, during their stressful summer school internships, the sixth graders uncover the perfect way for everyone to relax: by enjoying an ancient Roman spa and bath buried in the school’s basement!

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Poor Principal Walter Russ. He's desperate for designer Florence Waters to renovate the school’s disgusting basement bathrooms, and the stress is causing him to get, ahem, all clogged up. Luckily, during their stressful summer school internships, the sixth graders uncover the perfect way for everyone to relax: by enjoying an ancient Roman spa and bath buried in the school’s basement!
The fourth book in the Regarding the . . . series overflows with toilet humor. In their award-winning style that features newspaper spreads, letters, ads, and puns galore, the fabulous Klise sisters have created an unforgettable story about persistance, friendship, and learning to relax a little!

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"A witty, delightful novel . . . Entertaining."—Booklist
"[A] clever, funny romp. A must for fans of the series."—School Library Journal
VOYA - Karen Sykeny
The newest book in the Regarding the . . . series after Regarding the Fountain (Harcourt, 1998) and Regarding the Sink (2006) brings all the favorite characters back with their unusual, special names like Tad Poll, Florence Waters, Hugh Dunnit, and Sting Ray. Their story gives readers another great and funny adventure tale in the style of the Captain Underpants series but for slightly older readers, dealing with a new crime plot in Geyser Creek. These core characters' summer-school assignment is to volunteer. The twelve-year-old students work at the town paper, assist the teacher with his school garden project, help the principal, lend a hand to the mayor, write for a reporter, and start a private investigation service to track down escaped criminals who are thought to be behind the recent Internet auctions of priceless ancient artifacts. Per usual, all characters keep in contact and get help from the magnificent Florence Waters, who works for Interpol on her off time from designing school bathrooms. Readers will learn history and Latin in a fun format very different from traditional prose narrative fiction. Letters, e-mails, postcards, and memos written among the characters tell the story. This book will be popular among upper elementary and younger middle school readers, especially boys, and it is also an excellent purchase for school and public libraries.
Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
This is a wonderful romp, full of puns, powerful middle school children, and tasteful bathroom humor. (Yes, that is possible.) With Geyser Creek Middle School the site of a major conference, the bathrooms need to be remodeled. The principal calls on Florence Waters and the students all start their summer school projects. One volunteers at the local newspaper, one works at the historical center, another assists the principal, and a pair offers to help the bumbling police to track down the recently escaped criminals. We follow the stories through a series of memos, newspaper reports, and letters, as each child works on his or her project. Klise manages to slip in the history of Bath, England, Roman baths, and other baths, as well as a great number of (explained) Latin words as she brings her contrived but funny plot to an explosive conclusion. The uptight principal gets a chance to relax, the crooks are caught, the kids have a chance to excel, and oh yeah, the mountain at the edge of town erupts. Highly recommended for kids looking for a good read—and they might pick up a bit of Latin.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Using the highly successful format introduced in Regarding the Fountain (Avon, 1998), Klise offers readers another punny tale about the kids at Geyser Creek Middle School. In preparation for a conference that will be held at his school, Principal Russ re-hires Florence Waters to renovate the bathrooms in the basement. She enlists the help of the children attending summer school, who discover that the school was built on the site of the Geyser Creek Bath and Spas. They find more than just the spa during their summer, including escaped convicts and buried artifacts. The tale is told exclusively through heavily illustrated letters, memos, newspaper articles, and police reports, and it includes multiple subplots that are tied up neatly at the end. Puns and bathroom humor are rampant in this clever, funny romp. A must for fans of the series.-Wendy Woodfill, Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka, MN Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Regarding-once again-the town of Geyser Springs, a fine setting for pun-laden hijinks, the Klise sisters present a fourth set of developments in their ongoing tangle of criminal activities (both big time and small), local romances and ambitious student projects. All are presented in a mix of reproduced documents, letters and newspaper pages. As the central activity involves efforts to renovate the filthy restrooms beneath the Middle School before an upcoming Society of Principals and Administrators conference, no opportunity for alimentary double-entendres is left unplumbed. They go from frantic Principal Walt Russ's loo-sing battle with galloping constipation (despite consultations with bowel specialist Gladys Ownleepoup, M.D.) to soothing letters from the "Bath Room" of omni-competent fixer-upper Florence Waters, currently vacationing in England (guess where). By the end, the town has both a new spa and a newly active volcano to draw tourists, the children (along with readers) have been exposed to some geology, world history and even Latin, and everyone, except for a quartet of would-be fraudsters and thieves, is marching off to the next episode flushed with triumph. (Fiction. 9-11)
"This pun-stocked novel for the 9 to 12 crowd is set in Geyser Creek Middle School, where clogged privies lead to a mystery."—People (July 31, 2006)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152062613
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Series: Regarding the . . . Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 257,828
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 930L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

KATE KLISE and M. SARAH KLISE are the fabulous sisterly team behind two picture books and a number of popular middle grade novels, including Regarding the Fountain, an IRA Young Adults' Choice, as well as Trial by Journal and Letters from Camp, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Kate, who is also a correspondent for People magazine, lives in Norwood, Missouri. Sarah, who is also an art teacher, lives in Berkeley, California. Both of the Klises have recently renovated their bathrooms.

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  • Posted May 8, 2011

    Fab read!

    GREAT BOOK! Sarah and Kate bring laughter and happiness, along with mystery to every bbok they write. Awesome book!!!

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