It seems like only yesterday that I was sharing Jane Yolen and Pat Lewis’ Take Two: A Celebration of Twins. Well, they’re back and better than ever.
Their new collaboration is Last Laughs: Animal Epitaphs (Charlesbridge, 2012). If you have a somewhat morbid sense of humor (and most kids do), you will love this book! From a horse with (hay?) fever to an unfortunate kitty whose love for yarn led to her demise, these short, mostly-but-not-always rhyming poems will bring on a good laugh. Just don’t choke on it!
Here are two favorites:
Chicken Crosses Over
She never found the answer
to the age-old question,
Why did the chicken cross the ro–?
–J. Patrick Lewis, all rights reserved
For a Frog: Not a Hoppy Ending
In his pond,
he peacefully soaked,
then, ever so quietly
–Jane Yolen, all rights reserved
Dark and funny illustrations by Jeffrey Stewart Timmins are in questionable taste–perfect for this offbeat poetry collection.
Diane at Random Noodling has the Poetry Friday roundup. Go enjoy!