Monday, October 15, 2012
Dark Humor for Halloween
Last Laughs: Animal Epitaphs
by J. Patrick Lewis and Jane Yolen
illustrated by Jeffrey Stewart Timmins
review copy provided by the publisher
Laughing about death is not everybody's cup of tea, so when this book made its appearance in my 5th grade classroom, I made sure that readers were forewarned. The pictures are gruesome and the animals in the book meet untimely and horrible deaths...but at the same time, to the right reader (mostly boys, to be honest), this is a very funny book.
Here are a couple of examples that have been favorites in my classroom:
THE LAST OF THE STAGGERING STAG
BARRACUDA'S BITE-SIZE DEMISE
My teeth were vicious;
my bite was hateful.
A great white met me --
the date was fateful.
The shark was hungry,
and I was baitful.
CHICKEN CROSSES OVER
She never found the answer
to the age-old question,
Why did the chicken cross the ro---?