Day: October 5, 2012

Review: Last Laughs by J. Patrick Lewis and Jane Yolen

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

Perfect to pull out around Halloween time, this book features a series of very funny epitaphs for dead animals.  After the introductory poem to the pet cemetery, readers will discover short poems about specific animals.  There are farm animals like chickens and cows (the cow one happens to be one of my favorites) and more exotic fare like barracuda, iguana and eels.  All dead, for a variety of wild and domestic reasons to hilarious effect.  The poems are riddled with puns, something that I adore.  They are sure to be hits with children when shared aloud or read in person.

Timmins’ art has the same dark humor as the poems themselves.  Make sure you notice the sheep pooping into the river the dead horse just drank out of.  It’s exactly what children will find funny.

Dark and fiercely funny, these poems are not for the preschool set, but will be giggled at galore by elementary aged children.  Appropriate for ages 5-8.

Reviewed from library copy.

This Week’s Tweets and Pins

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter and Pinterest accounts that you might find interesting:

AUTHORS

For Lois Lowry ‘Brooklyn’ Was Raw And Real : NPR http://buff.ly/QFB65c

Interview: Why Lauren Myracle’s Proud to Top ALA’s List of Most Challenged Books | School Library Journal http://buff.ly/PTawTg

Katherine Paterson: The Risks of Great Literature – Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics http://buff.ly/PTqzR3 #kidlit

Lois Lowry, the Children’s Author Who Actually Listens to Childrenhttp://buff.ly/PPVL3Q

Seed of Cartoonist Jeff Kinney’s "Wimpy Kid" Started at the Univ. of Md. – Southern Maryland Headline News http://buff.ly/PwYhvu

Writing For Teens Vs. Adults: Rowling As Case Study – The Daily Beast http://buff.ly/QTzDIE

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Banned Book Week: 10 Books That Are Way Too Gay To Read! / Queerty http://buff.ly/PKUZoB

Flavorwire » Famous Authors’ Funniest Responses to Their Books Being Banned http://buff.ly/PPYE4s

Julia Donaldson on books about libraries – Telegraph http://buff.ly/QPVcK7 #kidlit

KidLitosphere Central http://www.kidlitosphere.org/ – great resource for anyone looking for children’s book blogs #kidlit

Nominate Here for the 2012 Cybils http://buff.ly/QLbUdC

Story Time: Children’s Book Authors Remember Their Favorite Bookshttp://buff.ly/U9flhC #kidlit

Where Do You Find Good Children’s Books? – WSJ http://buff.ly/PwWkiH – the top answer in the comments is the public library!

Why aren’t there more musical instruments in children’s books? | Children’s books | http://guardian.co.uk http://buff.ly/TNZPYo #kidlit

TEEN READS

All the Science Fiction and Fantasy Books You Can’t Miss in October!http://buff.ly/PTqQDG

How ‘The Princess Bride’ Became the Quintessential Teen Read – Entertainment – The Atlantic Wire http://buff.ly/PwY5MV

Jessica Shirvington’s ‘Embrace’ Heads to Television http://buff.ly/PwXxXt #yalit

The Rise of Horror: YA Readers and Dark Fiction | VOYAhttp://buff.ly/PKAZm1 #yalit