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Maybe I'll Sleep in the Bathtub Tonight: and Other Funny Bedtime Poems Hardcover – March 2, 2010

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (March 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402749449
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402749445
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,923,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 1–3—Twenty humorous poems explore some of the rituals of preparing for bed. How does a thumb-sucker deal with a broken thumb? What happens when Essie continues to eat in bed? Often bedtime collections target young children, but this one attempts to reach a slightly older audience. Bright, busy gouache illustrations have a retro feel and reinforce the sense that very little sleep is actually happening in these pages. The small font is often difficult to read, and the rhythm of the poetry varies in its success. An additional purchase.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
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From Booklist

These cozy rhymes for sharing at bedtime have a lot of fun with wordplay, from the literal interpretations of sleepover, showing kids on a roof, and sleep tight (I unkinked myself and vowed: / Tonight I will sleep loose!), to a familiar nursery lullaby: Rock-a-bye baby / on the tree top, you know the rest–– / that baby goes plop. . . . Did people really / stick babies in trees? Other poems show fun scenarios, like wild snacks in bed (pickled eel with lemon peel) and role reversals, as when a mom falls asleep and her snores keep her kid awake. And there is some gross-out humor, as well: Pucker up warns about odious breath and not kissing when you first wake up. Young children with their caregivers will giggle at the humorous scenes, illustrated with colorful gouache pictures, which could make a good prelude to the usual soothing lullabies (not Rock-a-Bye Baby, though). Preschool-Grade 2. --Hazel Rochman

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Format: Hardcover
It's bedtime, but where are you planning to sleep? This bright and bouncy book of poems will tickle your little one's funny bone and give them a case of the giggles when they read about the boy who wants to sleep in the top bunk, but is afraid of heights, Ted and Fred's "sleep over" on top of the house, the twins who each keep one eye open because they are afraid of the dark and many more zippy poems that will delight even the most die-hard curmudgeon!


Essie liked to eat in bed.
Food tasted better there.
In bed she ate things she refused
when in a kitchen chair.

Like beets and beans
and canned sardines,
roasted trout and sauerkraut,
pickled eel with lemon peel,
liver stew on honeydew.

Yes, Essie loved her bedtime feasts,
but them came to a halt
the night an ant politely whispered,
"Please, miss-pass the salt." (P. 17)

Reading these adorable bedtime poems and sharing a few giggles will be a perfect poetic lullaby to tuck your little one into bed with. The charming artwork has a nice 1960ish aura about it that will have great appeal to the older generations who grew up with Barbie dolls and bunny slippers. The deep churning sea with sea critters set against the deep blue starry sky was one of my favorites, but then again each poem and accompanying artwork brought their own special brand of humor and charm to this book. If you are looking for some lovely, slightly zany bedtime poems, this is one book you may
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More About the Author

I write books -- fiction, nonfiction, and poetry -- for people of all different ages, and especially for young people. Before starting my writing career, I was a newspaper editor; before that, I was a lawyer with a Washington, D.C. law firm. I have a bachelor's degree in government and foreign affairs from the University of Virginia, and a law degree and master's degree in world politics from the University of Michigan. I live in Maryland and spend as much time as I can kayaking and otherwise messing around in the Chesapeake Bay region.