There’s something irresistible about morbidity and picture books. It starts with the cover of Last Laughs: Animal Epitaphs. Two critters in a gray pet cemetery, pointing at gravestones. One in the distance–you’ll have to hold the covers open so you can see how the back and front form the whole picture–says “Defunct Skunk. When he left, he didn’t put up a big stink.”
Together Children’s Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis and Jane Yolen have created a book of pun-ny poems about death, darkly illustrated by Canadian Jeffrey Stewart Timmins. You may have to explain to the kids why you’re laughing so hard.