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Maybe I’ll Sleep in the Bathtub Tonight and Other Funny Bedtime Poems

Maybe I'll Sleep in the Bathtub Tonight and Other Funny Bedtime Poems

By: Debbie Levy
Illustrated by: Stephanie Buscema
Publisher: Sterling
Publication Date: March 2010 
ISBN: 978-1402749445
Reviewed by: Deb Fowler
Review Date: February 2010

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 other 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 chuckles will be a perfect poetic lullaby to tuck your little one into bed. The charming artwork has a nice 1960ish aura about it that will have great appeal to the older generation 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.

Quill says: If you are looking for some lovely, slightly zany bedtime poems, this is one book you may wish to consider!

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