About the Book

About the Book

Suzie Bitner Was Afraid of the Drain is a children’s poetry collection comprised of 124 poems and over 100 illustrations. Written by Barbara Vance, the book is filled with humorous and whimsical poems that take you to a world where mice wear roller-skates, a girl turns into a peanut-butter-and-jelly-sandwich, and a baseball embarks on an unexpected trip.  Designed to entertain and educate, “Suzie” intersperses challenging and fun words like “salubrious” and “discourse” throughout its poems (and offers a special dictionary just for kids…check out the resources!).

Lauded for its unique, minimalist illustrations and creative typography, the book is a Moonbeam Children’s Book winner, an Indie Book Award winner, and was twice a finalist for the Bluebonnet Award.

The Suzie Story

Several years ago, Barbara was sitting at her desk with a rather large (no, a very large) pile of papers that she did not care to have very much to do with. From this hiccup in the workday came a poem about a little girl named Suzie with a prickly problem. The words and ideas kept coming until her poems filled up pages and pages and finally a book! Suzie Bitner Was Afraid of the Drain is about celebrating life, smiling, and finding the beauty (and the humour) in the world.

Book Details

Price & Availability

  • $17.95



  • Follett Library Resources
  • Baker & Taylor
  • Brodart

Selected Retailers

  • Amazon.com
  • Barnes and Noble
  • Books-A-Million
  • Powell’s
  • Walmart




Book Construction

  • Easy-to-hold book size: 8.75” x 6.75” x 1”
  • Hardcover
  • Smythe-sewn binding for maximum durability and ease of laying open on the lap
  • Thick, bright paper
  • Cover printed on actual book as well as on dust jacket
  • 192 pages


Book Highlights

  • Creative typography shows children how words can be art
  • Poems incorporate challenging words that improve vocabulary
  • Subject matter combines humor and whimsy
  • Addresses real-life issues like sharing, as well as fantastic subjects like mice on roller skates
  • Great for ages 5-10, but appreciated by all ages
  • Over 100 fun illustrations that enhance the poems
  • Indexes by title and first line