Big, Bad, and a Little Bit Scary by Wade Zahares
Poems that Bite Back

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Always be kind to animals,
Morning, noon and night.
For animals have feelings, too
And furthermore, they bite!

-John Gardner

Bristling with sly humor and just a hint of danger, this irresistible collection of poems pays homage to everyone's favorite members of the animal kingdom-the bullies! Readers will squirm with delight as snakes, alligators, panthers, vultures, sharks, and more slither, stalk, and swoop their way through the pages. Award-winning artist Wade Zahares captures this lyrical bestiary of ne'er do-wells-from such celebrated poets as Ogden Nash, Eve Merriam, and Dick-King Smith-in stunning full-color illustrations. Ferociously fun and ideal for reading aloud, Big, Bad, and a Little Bit Scary is sure to be treasured by animal lovers and poetry lovers alike.

 

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Published September 10, 2001 by Viking Juvenile. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The topic—scary animals—is dear to school-aged children, but appropriately, lest the book appear to demonize animals, the opening poem is John Gardner’s “Always Be Kind to Animals,” for “Animals have feelings too, / And furthermore they bite!” Healthy respect, coupled with fascination with the un...

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Zahares's captivating illustrations, in a unifying palette of cool blue and green hues, will bring readers as close as they may care to come to creatures that make everyone's pulse race a little faster.

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