Last Laughs: Animal Epitaphs - J. Patrick Lewis, Jane Yolen, Jeffrey Stewart Timmins

It’s surprising how many sweet, innocent children take an unholy pleasure in the ghoulish and the gruesome. J. Patrick Lewis and Jane Yolen cater to this bloodthirsty crowd with Last Laughs: Animal Epitaphs (Charlesbridge, $16.95). Each tombstone poem commemorates a different animal with wickedly pithy puns: an elegy for a frog, for example, reads “In his pond,/ he peacefully soaked,/ then, ever so quietly/ croaked.” Jeffrey Stewart Timmins ratchets up the gore factor—and the laughter— with his darkly hued, sometimes blood-soaked illustrations. This is not poetry for the sensitive reader, but it is a rare treat for those with a taste for the wicked. Ages 7-10. JLM
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$16.95
ISBN: 9781580892605
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Published: Charlesbridge - July 1st, 2012

Leave Your Sleep - Natalie Merchant and Barbara McClintock

It’s a dream team! Singer/songwriter Natalie Merchant and illustrator Barbara McClintock have collaborated on a sumptuous collection of poetry entitled Leave Your Sleep (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $24.99). The poems were selected from Merchant’s 2010 album of the same name for which she lovingly adapted several poems into song lyrics. Works by poets such as Rachel Field, Robert Louis Stevenson, Edward Lear, e.e. cummings, and Natalia Crane are given new life by McClintock’s detailed illustrations. This volume includes a CD of Merchant’s songs and will make a beautiful addition to any child’s library and a perfect gift for the holiday season. Ages 5 and up. KLP
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$24.99
ISBN: 9780374343682
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - November 13th, 2012

A Strange Place to Call Home - Marilyn Singer and Ed Young

To escape predators and competition for food sources, some animals flee to harsh environments where survival is more than a little tough. A Strange Place to Call Home (Chronicle, $16.99) celebrates the daring creatures that, over time, have adapted in amazing ways to extreme habitats such as deserts, glaciers, salt lakes, and pools of oil. From snow monkeys who should live in trees but instead populate ice-cold mountains to fish that walk on land, every animal in this volume has a secret to survival that Marilyn Singer elucidates in brief but informative poems. Ed Young’s striking collages truly bring these oft-overlooked animals to life. Ages 5-12. SD
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By Marilyn Singer, Ed Young (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452101200
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 22nd, 2012

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