Last Laughs: Animal Epitaphs

Irony and wit permeate this darkly humorous collection in which each poem is the epitaph of a different animal The pieces are grouped by animal type, and range in length from one to eighteen lines.
Last Laughs Animal Epitaphs Irony and wit permeate this darkly humorous collection in which each poem is the epitaph of a different animal The pieces are grouped by animal type and range in length from one to eighteen lines

  • Title: Last Laughs: Animal Epitaphs
  • Author: J. Patrick Lewis Jane Yolen Jeffrey Stewart Timmins
  • ISBN: 9781580892605
  • Page: 319
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Last Laughs: Animal Epitaphs”

    1. This has great illustrations along with clever, pun-filled epitaphs that I truly enjoyed reading. I got this from my school library and read it with a couple of students. I then took it home for my twelve year old who loves a good pun. She loved it.

    2. Faces of Death meets Wild Kingdom meets the playful urges of two of children's literature and poetry's biggest names. The classic work and stylings of Edward Gorey are seemingly updated in this new collection of silly verse a word play from Jane Yolen and J. Patrick Lewis.Fan's of Neil Gaiman and Gris Grisly will enjoy the short poems that describe the demise of many animals. The illustrator seems to have fun with the illustrations. Readers who look carefully can find animals described earlier i [...]

    3. This is a hilarious, if macabre, book of poetry of "Animal Epitaphs." It provides a variety of possibilities for the way that animals might have died, using puns, word plays and other literary devices to make the short poems humorous, rather than disgusting or sad. As the introductory poem suggests: "Forget the hankies./Read the words/of bugs and fishes,/beasts and birds./They know it's not/all doom and gloom/that's written/once upon a tomb" (5). In addition to the engaging writing, the book als [...]

    4. Oh my goodness. Some of these were so hilarious. Loved them. Many of them go hand-in-hand with the illustrations to complete the humor. Some illustrations were a bit on the ICK side for me, but should appeal to the 4th-6th grade kids (especially boys). The humor will probably be best for that age group, too. I got more from the book when I looked closer at the illustrations, for in a way there is a continuing story, and there are some things that add to the humor, ick, or they-didn't factors.I c [...]

    5. This would be a good book to add to a haunted, ghost, monster, Halloween display. AND it would also be an interesting addition to a school book talk about things that are underground (the dead are buried you see). The book is full of epitaph poems about animals. And some of them are just funny. My nephew who was 5 had me read it to him. (He picked it out of my book stack of things I brought home to write about.) And he didn’t quite get it. But my older nephew did. And thought some of these wer [...]

    6. OK. So call me twisted (just a little). In a nut shell that's what this book is - - just a little twisted. So hilarious! Various animals/insects that have met their demise (in a typical fashion you might expect, a la bug on the windshield!)and now we get to read their oh-so-fitting epitaphs. The writing is full of plays on words, double entendres, etc. with hilarious effect. But really it's all about the funny yet almost gothic (think Tim Burton?) illustrations. Imagine a horse, looking rather [...]

    7. Pun-filled and delightfully surprising, this collection of 31 poems from two talented writers is very funny and certainly not politically correct. Although I felt some guilt for laughing at the end of some of the animals, I also shook my head in glee and kept on chortling and reading as the poets killed off chickens, turkeys, horses, cows, a dog, a cat, and even smaller winged wonders such as moths and fireflies. Even the titles of the poems are clever. My favorites are "Firefly's Final Flight" [...]

    8. This is a strange book, offering an entertaining collection of epitaphs for various deceased animals. The rhyming ditties are humorous (in a morbid sort of way) and very punny. The illustrations are a combination of digital, ink and gouache images and primarily consist of darker/sepia tones, with occasional splashes of color. I would recommend this for older children who may find amusement in the irony, without being too upset by the gruesome and morose themes. Our oldest read this one aloud to [...]

    9. An interesting title to add to your kids poetry collection. Many animals pass away and the few words in their epitaphs reveal their demise. Funny, clever text is paired with grim digital illustrations in a deathly palette of grays, blacks, and dried blood. The pictures can be graphic so this isn't one for a preschoolers eyes, but school-agers will love it. The subject/artwork brought to mind the Scary Stories by Schwartz. Overall, a fresh offering in the poetry collection that will win over some [...]

    10. Looking for a dark, grim, and absolutely hilarious book? Look no further! J. Patrick Lewis and Jane Yolen have written a series of posthumous poems, each commemorating the demise of a different animal. Dark, detailed illustrations by Jeffery Stewart Timmins show moments before, during, or after each unpleasant death, sometimes combining elements from different poems into one fantastically funny illustration. Last Laughs is simply fabulous. Read one epitaph and you'll be hooked.

    11. Sorry, it might be witty, but it is definitely NOT appropriate for children. I simply do not find funny the concept of laughing at the death of animals (or people) and having a child learn this kind of attitude, accidentally or not, is not my cup of tea. I was disappointed by Yolen.

    12. I loved this but wondered what kids would think. My 9-year-old grandsons picked it up unprompted and laughed and snorted their way through it which answered my question ;-) Great illustrations too.

    13. Fantastic! These animal epitaphs are as humorous as they are dark. Great for school age kids. Here's one for you:Good-bye to a Rowdy RoosterToo cocky by far,he head-butted a car.

    14. Oh how I just loved this children's book. Great for Halloween and the Spooky Season! A little poem book of Animal Epitaphs. I just loved the Illustrations and how they went along so well with the story. I read this in digital form but I really need to get this book. Kids will just love it. I recommend this book to everyone who loves the macabre.

    15. This book is kind of dark, both the poem ideas and the illustrations, but the poems were funny. The whole book is full of animal poems about death. This book uses lots of play on words in the poems. I got a good laugh out of every page.

    16. To start off with, I'm not entirely sure why anyone would write a picture book for children that deals so graphically with gory death. The Epitaphs are actually well written, and the illustrations are also well done. It is a clever book. I just can't imagine ever wanting a small child to read this, and unfortunately that's exactly who would have access to it in any library. I think someone in the 11 or 12 year old range would probably find the book entertaining.

    17. Um, wow! I love this book! Runs the gamut from corny knee-slappers to dark and morbid. The art is beautiful and interesting, and add quite a bit to the storytelling. There is a table of contents, which would be useful for storytelling/storytimes.Ages 4+, though some poems will go over the heads of a younger audience. Still would be a multi-age crowd pleaser. However because this book is about death, I would probably not use it in a school setting, and I would probably only bring it around during [...]

    18. With simple rhyme, smirking puns, and slightly sadistic illustrations “Last Laughs” will make you laugh, let’s just hope that it isn’t your last.The epitaph poems in this darkly humorous book are simple and pun-ny, and in general they were passable. Some were clever like Cooked Goose –“He was Canada bornAnd Canada bred,And here he lies –Canada dead.” Others, like Swan Song on the very next page, were not very impressive. –“A simple song.It wasn’t long.”What makes this boo [...]

    19. "Last Laughs: Animal Epitaphs" is a children’s poetry book written by three authors, J. Patrick Lewis, Jane Yolen and Jeffrey Stuart Timmins. It is intended for children from ages 7-9 or primary readers (P). It is a bit morbid to say the least. Set in a graveyard of course, "Last Laughs: Animal Epitaphs" is a poetry book written for young children about the demise of 30 animals. Technically, it can be considered a picturebook. The images are pretty graphic for this age range and this is anothe [...]

    20. 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 [...]

    21. Amazing,juvenile poetry boook intended for a intermediate audience. It is dark poetry book with illustrations to match the text. It is truly funny if you have a grim sense of humor. This book is by far one of the best poetry books ive read in a long time. The illustrations are a bit morbid but it truly adds to the comedy of the text. This book would be appealing to young readers because its funny, and rational to an extent. It answers some of the why questions children have about death. I would [...]

    22. from Deborah:Last Laughs, a children's book by J. Patrick Lewis and Jane Yolen, is for all those who've been missing Edward Gorey's sly humor. The illustrations provided by Jeffrey Timmins are vastly different from Gorey''s. Where Gorey was refined and tongue-in-cheek macabre with his black and white illustrations, Timmins drawings are more slapstick with creatures who've met their ends in silly faced ways. The word play in the epitaphs make death slightly ridiculous and (can we say it?) fun. On [...]

    23. This book of macabre poetry is fun and ghoulishly illustrated. It contains numerous poems on the demise of our beloved pets and animal companions. Each epitaph is short, bitter and to the point. It reminds me of the old horror books and records from in the book flyers. Do you remember: “It wasn’t the cough that carried her off. It was the coffin they carried her off in!” This modern version is just as fun and just as colorful as the books we loved to read and memorize to tell to all of ou [...]

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