Last Laughs by J. Patrick Lewis
Animal Epitaphs

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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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J. Patrick Lewis is the author of more than seventy books for children and was recently named Childrenrsquo;s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. His books include First Dog, Spot the Plot: A Riddle Book of Riddles, and Kindergarten Cat. He lives in Westerville, Ohio. Visit Pat at . Jane Yolen was born February 11, 1939 in New York City. She received her BA from Smith College in 1960. After college, she became an editor in New York City and wrote during her lunch break. She sold her first children's book, Pirates in Petticoats, at the age of 22. Since then, she has written over 300 books for children, young adults and adults. Her other works include the Emperor and the Kite, Owl Moon, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? and The Devil's Arithmetic, which tells the story of the life of a Jew in a concentration camp. She has won a multitude of medals for her work including the Kerlan Award, the Regina Medal, the Keene State Children's Literature Award, the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, two Christopher Medals, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, the Golden Kite Award, the Jewish Book Award, the World Fantasy Association's Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Association of Jewish Libraries Award.
Published July 1, 2012 by Charlesbridge. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife. Fiction

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Sometimes they are gruesome, as with the newt, “so small, / so fine, / so squashed / beneath / the crossing / sign.” There are the macabre and the simply passing: “In his pond, / he peacefully soaked, / then, ever so quietly / croaked.” Goodbye frog—haplessly, hopelessly adrift in the olivy murk,...

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Patrick Lewis and Jane Yolen have created thirty-one of these darkly charming and witty epitaphs, but perhaps the real strength of the book is the incredible illustrations by Jeffrey Stewart Timmins.

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Project MUSE

The art, digitally adapted ink and gouache, relies heavily on a sober dark brown that gives the impression of monochromatic illustration until one notes the touches of red (blood, of course), yellow (the fizz of the electrocuted goose), and warmer russet tones (in, for instance, the onrushing car...

Sep 04 2012 | Read Full Review of Last Laughs: Animal Epitaphs

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