Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Maybe I'll Sleep in the Bathtub Tonight

Maybe I'll Sleep in the Bathtub Tonight and Other Funny Bedtime Poems
by Debbie Levy
Sterling, 2010. 24 pages. Poetry.

Debbie Levy has written 22 fun, clever poems that tackle the issues surrounding bedtime and sleeping. Several of them point out things that we all question--such as those amorous kisses that movie stars give each other...supposedly right after they wake up.

"In the movies, when people wake up in the morning
they kiss one another without any warning.
Don't believe it! Remember, those people are fake!
You know what your mouth tastes like when you awake...

Another poem sweetly takes to task the horrible lyrics of the lullaby, "Rock-a-bye Baby." One of my favorites is called "Look Who's Sleeping" and is about a mom who goes in to sit with her child until he is asleep and ends up being the one to fall asleep. The illustrations have a bright, retro look that wonderfully compliment the poems. By the way, if you are wondering why the girl from the title is thinking she might sleep in the bathtub, you just have to look on page 13.

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