Once Upon a Tomb: A Collection of Gravely Humorous Verses
  • Published:
    Jul-2006 (Hardcover)
  • Formats:
    Print
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  • Pages:
    32
  • Age Level:
    06-10
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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.
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