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Regarding the Bathrooms by Kate Klise

Regarding the Bathrooms

by Kate Klise, M. Sarah Klise (Illustrator)

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Another in this lovely series. I always like how the author sneaks in learning surreptitiously - you pick up some facts about geology, Roman and Greek baths, even some words and phrases in Latin... without any stress at all. Reading this reminded me of the powerful stress relief of a nice bath, so I've scheduled some for myself in the very near future. ( )
  sriemann | Mar 30, 2013 |
I think the Regarding the ___ series is pure genius. Regarding the Bathrooms is a mystery concerning the basement bathrooms of the Geyser Creek Middle School, various Geyser Creek residents (including Liet. Sting Ray of the police force, Jeannie Ologee of the Geyser Creek His, Hers, and Theirs-storical Society), Hugh Dunnit of Interpol, members of the sixth grade class, and the always effervescent, Florence Waters. Like an episode of Seinfeld, seemingly unconnected people and events come together with hilarious results.

It is the multi-genre style that makes this series so engaging. The entire story is told using nothing but newspaper articles,

“The Geyser Creek Gazette
Sally Mander and Delbert “Dee” Eel Escape
Principal Russ to Host SPA Conference
Geyser Creek Middle School Principal Walter Russ will host the upcoming conference of the Society of Principals and Administrators (SPA). Russ stated that until this morning, his biggest challenge was getting the school’s basement bathroom in presentable condition before the conference on August 31. He has asked designer Florence Waters to oversee the project.
‘Now, of course, I’m more stressed out about having escaped convicts on the loose,’ Russ ruminated.
Russ will have to worry about the cons and the johns – and write his own letters to Ms. Waters – without the help of school secretary Goldie Fisch-N., who is taking the summer off for personal reasons.”


“For Sale
Wedding Ring
Barely used, microscopic diamond
Contact Angel Fisch”

letters, postcards, posters, flyers, notes, transcripts, and school bulletins. Each one is humorously illustrated and formatted to bear resemblance to its real counterpart.
The mystery can be completely solved using clues found within the primary source documents. The middle school students, six in all, (each apprenticed to a business or organization for the summer) work together to solve Geyer Creek’s latest mystery.

The story is full of puns, as evidenced in this excerpt from a letter from Florence Waters to the Principal,

“I’m assuming your students will assist me in the renovation. I’d be plumb crazy to plunge into a project this serious (hee-hee) without consulting my favorite pen pals. They’re always flush with great ideas! ….. P.S. Don’t worry about the visiting principals seeing evidence of waste. The simplest flushing mechanism will take care of that.”

This series should be great for reluctant and/or humor-loving readers. The mix of fonts, drawings, sketches, and handwritten notes makes Regarding the Bathrooms a breeze to read. An added bonus, readers will learn a bit of ancient history, some Latin, and various writing styles. ( )
  shelf-employed | Mar 25, 2008 |
told through letters, articles, memos illustrated to look in original form; clues in text allow reader to solve mystery; good for reluctant readers ( )
  hjyamamoto | Sep 29, 2007 |
In this novel told through letters, newspaper articles, and police reports, a middle school principal's bathroom renovation project leads to the discovery of stolen Roman antiquities. ( )
  Librarygirl66 | Jun 19, 2007 |
Another charming sequel to Regarding the Fountain. This book finds Florence Waters and Sam N.'s summer class researching the Roman history of Geyser Creek, MO, while the town's newlyweds spat.
  smfmpls | Jun 4, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0152051643, Hardcover)

Poor Principal Walter Russ. He's desperate for designer Florence Waters to renovate the school’s disgusting basement bathrooms, and the stress is causing him to get, ahem, all clogged up. Luckily, during their stressful summer school internships, the sixth graders uncover the perfect way for everyone to relax: by enjoying an ancient Roman spa and bath buried in the school’s basement!
The fourth book in the Regarding the . . . series overflows with toilet humor. In their award-winning style that features newspaper spreads, letters, ads, and puns galore, the fabulous Klise sisters have created an unforgettable story about persistance, friendship, and learning to relax a little!

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In this novel told through letters, newspaper articles, and police reports, a middle school principal's bathroom renovation project leads to the discovery of stolen Roman antiquities.

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