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Children's Fiction Humorous Stories

A Funeral in the Bathroom

and Other School Poems

by (author) Kalli Dakos

illustrated by Mark Beech

Albert Whitman & Company
Initial publish date
Mar 2017
Humorous Stories, Poetry (see also Stories in Verse), Emotions & Feelings
Recommended Age
0 to 8
Recommended Grade
p to 3
Recommended Reading age
4 to 8
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2017
    List Price

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

About the authors

Kalli Dakos is the best-selling author of over two thousand poems about elementary school life. Her books include If You're Not Here, Please Raise Your Hand, Don't Read This Book, Whatever You Do!; The Goof Who Invented Homework; and The Bug in Teacher’s Coffee. She lives in Canada and writes in New York.

Kalli Dakos' profile page

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. He lives in England.

Mark Beech's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"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

"Dakos' poems take a variety of forms and lengths and are sure to be the source of many smiles."—Library Media Connection

"Another solid addition for classroom shelves…just cross fingers that it is not too inspiring."—Kirkus Reviews

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

"The poems are accompanied by humorous color cartoons. This accessible collection of light verse will be a welcome addition."—School Library Journal

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