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Susan Katz on The President’s Stuck in the Bathtub

In the May/June 2012 issue of The Horn Book Magazine, Jennifer Brabander asks The President’s Stuck in the Bathtub author Susan Katz about writing presidential poetry. Read the full review of The President’s Stuck in the Bathtub here.

Jennifer Brabander: Which president was the hardest to write a poem about?

Susan Katz: James Monroe. The incident I used for his poem was the only unusual detail I was able to unearth, even after reading four or five biographies. One historian dubbed him “dull as a stone.” I’d have to concur. (The easiest to write a poem about, I unofficially add, was George W. Bush since he wrote half the poem for me!)

About Jennifer M. Brabander

Jennifer M. Brabander is former senior editor of The Horn Book Magazine.



  1. mary anjali says:

    This sounds like a great book to introduce and launch a poetry unit with. Not only poetry, but you could connect what sounds like simple poems of the presidents lives to a biography review. Students could pick a poem and president and research that president, come up with another topic idea that the author Jennifer M. Brabander did not suggest or address in her poem and then add their own spin on a poem. You could have them follow the model of the poem written by the author, or pick their own style, haiku, cinquain, rap, limerick etc. of poetry that they prefer.

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