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Last Laughs : Animal Epitaphs
by J. Patrick Lewis and Jane Yolen and Jeffrey Stewart Timmins


Overview - Children s Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis and the inimitable Jane Yolen team up in this ironic and witty take on the last moments in the lives of a variety of animals. Each poem in this darkly humorous collection is an epitaph of a different animal. Grouped by animal type, these posthumous poems are full of clever wordplay and macabre humor that will appeal to kids (and adults) of all ages."  Read more...

 
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Overview
Children s Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis and the inimitable Jane Yolen team up in this ironic and witty take on the last moments in the lives of a variety of animals. Each poem in this darkly humorous collection is an epitaph of a different animal. Grouped by animal type, these posthumous poems are full of clever wordplay and macabre humor that will appeal to kids (and adults) of all ages."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781580892605
  • ISBN-10: 1580892604
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing
  • Publish Date: July 2012
  • Page Count: 31
  • Reading Level: Ages 7-10
  • Dimensions: 9.5 x 10.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.01 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Poetry - Humorous
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Animals - General

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2012-07-30
  • Reviewer: Staff

Lewis and Yolen team up for a darkly funny homage to the dearly departed—those with feathers, hooves, tails, and fins. An axe leans against a blood-stained stump while three feathers drift nearby (“Sorry, no leftovers,” reads a turkey’s epitaph), and a barracuda is destroyed by a superior predator: “My teeth were vicious;/ my bite was hateful./ A great white met me—/ the date was fateful.” Timmins’s bleak, blood-spattered palette and zombielike animals create an appropriately dismal environment for the funereal text; lovers of the macabre will cackle over these unfortunate demises. Ages 7–10. (July)

 
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