The President's Stuck in the Bathtub
Poems About the Presidents
Publication Date: February 8, 2012
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Playful political poems about the penchants and peccadilloes of the presidents!Sure, William Taft got stuck in his tub, but did you know that John Quincy Adams used to skinny-dip in the Potomac? Herbert Hoover spoke Chinese with his wife, and Gerald Ford had his name changed from Leslie Lynch King. It’s true! In The President’s Stuck in the Bathtub, the lives of the presidents are served up as fact-filled and fanciful poems that will make you laugh, cringe, and gasp with amazement at the colorful cast of men and women who have lived in the White House. With footnotes relating the facts behind the inspiration for each poem, and a section called “Presidential Notes and Quotes” in the back, this is one hilarious history lesson that kids will elect to read over and over again!
Susan Katz discovered, while working on this book, that not all American presidents were very funny people, and she found herself doing more research for this one project than for all her other books put together. Luckily this effort was rewarded with a fresh respect for the basic humanity of all our presidents and a new tendency to smile while voting.
Susan's other Clarion book, Oh, Theodore! Guinea Pig Poems, was an Oprah pick, a Texas 2 X 2 Award winner, a selection of the New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, and the winner of the 2010 Utah Children's Poetry Book Beehive Award. She lives in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, with her husband, David, and a cat assistant, Harvey, who closely supervises her writing from the vantage point of her lap. She can be found online in the Authors section of http:\\usawrites4kids.drury.edu/.
Robert Neubecker's first book for children, Wow! City! won an ALA Notable Book award for 2005. A growing list of books have followed, including Beasty Bath, Wow! America!, Wow! School!, and Courage of the Blue Boy. He has illustrated many books by other authors, including Monsters on Machines by Deb Lund and I Got Two Dogs with John Lithgow. His new book, Sophie Peterman Tells the Truth, has already received three starred reviews.
"Humorous yet informative. . . . These sorts of details are just the kind to pique young readers’ interests. . . . Sure to be popular."—Booklist