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Once Upon A Tomb: Gravely Humorous Verses Hardcover – July 11, 2006
From School Library Journal
Grade 3-5–Lewis is back, this time with a quirky collection of humorous epitaphs. He honors departed farmers, food critics, lighthouse keepers, and many others. Some of the best are also the shortest, like the one for an underwear salesman, Our grief/Was brief. The longer verses sometimes reach the point of pure silliness, but all are delightfully irreverent. The font and type suggest engravings on a headstone and support the mood of the book. Bartram's surrealistic acrylic illustrations heighten the humor and, in some cases, clarify the meaning of Lewis's ubiquitous puns. A great selection for a Halloween read-aloud or reluctant poetry readers.–Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT
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Gr. 2-4. Proving himself to be anything but a grave man, Lewis offers 22 irreverent epitaphs and other mortuary verses, each of which is paired with a large, polished portrait or burial scene created in richly hued acrylics. Most of the sentiments are very short. "Underwear Salesman," for instance, runs but two lines ("Our grief / Was brief"); the "Fortune Teller" is even shorter ("Here lies"). Other entries allude to sad ends suffered by a schoolteacher (decapitated by a paper airplane), a dairy farmer ("Here is a lesson / for Larry LeGow: / NEVER SIT UNDER / A HEREFORD COW"), a food critic, a book editor, a cafeteria lady, a bully, and more. The last one celebrates a philosopher who finally "came to a conclusion." This rare look at the lighter side of death should elicit plenty of surprised giggles from young audiences. John Peters
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