Last Laughs Animal Epitaphs Book Review


Not Your Average Poetry Collection!

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Last Laughs Animal Epitaphs – That poor old chicken never saw it coming. Neither did the owl who was slain by one of his own. And what about that bear who just wanted to lose a little more weight? If only he hadn’t insisted on hibernating for quite so long…

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.

Aside from the comical nature of this book of poetry, complemented perfectly by Jeffrey Stewart Timmins’ dark yet amusing illustrations, the length of the poems—which range from one to eighteen lines—create an inviting way to introduce readers to this often intimidating form of literature.

This book is good for your brain because it provides: Poetry, rhythm and rhyme, good for the reluctant reader, humorous, life science, animal study, figurative language and word play.

We recently received this book for a review. The poems inside are really funny despite the dark side of them. Kids and adults will giggle while they read the epitaph of different animals. This book of poems may not appeal to everyone’s taste, but if you like poetry with a touch of death and dark humor this will be a good choice.

About the Author(s): J. Patrick Lewis is the author of more than seventy books for children and was recently named Children’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. His books include First DogSpot the Plot: A Riddle Book of Riddles, and Kindergarten Cat. He lives in Westerville, Ohio

Jane Yolen is the award-winning author of nearly three hundred children’s books, including Snow, Snow: Winter Poems (Boyds Mills) and The Rogues. 

Jeffrey Stewart Timmins is an animator and illustrator living in Toronto.

Last Laughs Animal Epitaphs book is perfect for ages 7 to 10, with 32 pages, costs $16.95 (hard cover), $9.99 (E-Book) and it’s available from July 2012.

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