Last Laughs

Last Laughs

Animal Epitaphs

By J. Patrick Lewis; Jane Yolen; Jeffrey Stewart Timmins (Illustrator)

Charlesbridge Publishing, Hardcover, 9781580892605, 31pp.

Publication Date: July 2012

Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis and the inimitable Jane Yolen team up in this ironic and witty take on the last moments in the lives of a variety of animals. Each poem in this darkly humorous collection is an epitaph of a different animal. Grouped by animal type, these posthumous poems are full of clever wordplay and macabre humor that will appeal to kids (and adults) of all ages.

About the Author
J. Patrick Lewis has authored more than fifty books of poetry for children. In 2011, he was named the Children s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation and was given the NCTE Excellence in Children's Poetry Award. He lives in Westerville, Ohio.Visit his website at

Jane Yolen is one of the most distinguished and successful authors for young readers and adults in the country. She is the author of more than 200 books--including "Briar Rose", "Sister Light, Sister Dark", "Owl Moon", and the immensely popular "The Devil's Arithmetic". Her books have won awards including the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the World Fantasy Award, the Jewish Book Award, and two Christopher Medals. She lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts.

Jeffrey Stewart Timmins was born July 2, 1979. In 2003, he graduated from the Classical Animation program at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario. He currently works as a freelance designer and animator. Even as an adult, Timmins still holds onto a few important items from his childhood, such as his rubber boots, cape, and lenseless sunglasses.