Last Laughs: Animal Epitaphs

There’s something irresistible about morbidity and picture books. It starts with the cover of Last Laughs:  Animal EpitaphsTwo 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.


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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5 Responses to Last Laughs: Animal Epitaphs

  1. sharann says:

    Bwah-ha-ha! I’m gonna have to get this one! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Tina M Cho says:

    I heard about this book. Thanks for the sample epitaph of the skunk. What a premise for a book, huh!!

  3. I love puns and animals – will definitely check this out.

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