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!”

  • 48 Pages
  • 7" x 9"
  • 9780807526767
  • March 2017

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  • March 2017

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  • 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…A heartfelt collage of relatable moments.

    - Publishers Weekly

  • Another solid addition for classroom shelves…just cross fingers that it is not too inspiring.

    - Kirkus Reviews Online

  • The poems are accompanied by humorous color cartoons. This accessible collection of light verse will be a welcome addition.

    - School Library Journal

  • Dakos’ poems take a variety of forms and lengths and are sure to be the source of many smiles.

    - Library Media Connection

Awards & Accolades

  • 2012 IRA-CBC Children's Choices
  • 2012 Children's Choice Book Award Finalist


Common Core

RL.3.1,2,4,5,6,7,10 RL.4.1,3,4,5,6,10