The President’s Stuck in the Bathtub: Poems About the Presidents

Susan Katz, Author, Robert Neubecker, Illustrator
Susan Katz, illus. by Robert Neubecker. Clarion, $17.99 (64p) ISBN 978-0-547-18221-6
Reviewed on: 02/27/2012
Release date: 02/01/2012
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Katz takes playful swings at U.S. presidents in poems as funny as they are informative, while Neubecker provides careful caricatures. Her entry for Jimmy Carter details his encounter with a “swamp rabbit”: “Jimmy Carter fished on his pond./ The day was fair, the water calm,/ When suddenly nearby something splashed./ Nostrils flared. Teeth flashed.” The titular poem stars William Howard Taft (“In the midst of his bath,/ Poor President Taft/ Discovered the tub didn’t fit him”), and a closing poem about Obama addresses his opponents’ tendency to joke about his name: “He jested that some even called him Yo Mama.” An unexpected and diverting look at presidents past and present. Ages 6–9. Agent: Linda Pratt, Wernick and Pratt Agency. (Feb.)