Once Upon a Tomb

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Once Upon a Tomb

A Collection of Gravely Humorous Verses

By J. Patrick Lewis; Simon Bartram (Illustrator)

Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763618377, 32pp.

Publication Date: July 11, 2006

Clever puns and elaborately detailed, surreal artwork illuminate a collection of comically grim verses that can't help but tickle the funny bone.
Reader, if I had more time
I'd say au revoir in rhyme,
Sayonara, ciao in verse
But I have to catch a hearse.
Peek inside ONCE UPON A TOMB and find twenty-two poems, each of
which tells, in hilarious verse, the story of an untimely demise from a school principal to a bully, a food critic to a cafeteria lady, an underwear
salesman to a soccer player. Complemented by Simon Bartram's deadpan illustrations, J. Patrick Lewis's cryptic tour of headstones and epitaphs is silly, spooky and far from grave.