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Beastly Rhymes to Read After Darkby Judy Sierra
Synopses & Reviews
DANGER! WARNING! KIDS beware! Bound in the bilious green-spotted fur (100% fake) of an unidentified weird beast, here is a book that kids will love—quite literally—from cover to cover. In the macabre spirit of the Halloween season, funny rhymes range from “Parasite Lost” to “Leap Halloween,” and are illustrated with gruesome graphics. Elementary school kids will want to be the first to own this outrageous fur-clad book, but librarians may prefer the standard library bound edition, minus the fur!
The scariest thing about this collection of 11 cheeky rhymes may well be the deliberately hideous green-spotted faux fur cover. Fortunately for the faint of heart, it's also available in hardcover. Topics range from a "Lonely Giant Squid" ("I'll tell you why that squid's so blue:/ You can't have friends and eat them, too.") to a seemingly innocent "Pet Show" ("Oh where, oh where can my kitty cat be?/... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review) She promised to go to the pet show with me."). Sierra is not afraid to reach for the unexpected rhyme — gorilla/chinchilla, parasite/dynamite — nor does she shrink from a little rude humor involving everything from bathrooms to the indelicate demise of Norman Noodlebutt. Brian Biggs' outrageously brash cartoons full of goggle-eyed creatures and gormless kids aren't beautiful, but they sure do suit the text. Still wondering where that kitty cat went? Look closely at the anaconda. ... Kristi Jemtegaard is the youth services coordinator for Arlington (Va.) Public Library. She teaches children's and adolescent literature and has served on both the Caldecott and Newbery Committees. Reviewed by Kristi Jemtegaard, Washington Post Book World (Copyright 2006 Washington Post Book World Service/Washington Post Writers Group)
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About the Author
Judy Sierra is the author of the New York Times #1 bestseller Wild About Books; Thelonius Monsters Sky-High Fly Pie; Mind Your Manners, B. B.Wolf; and other award-winning picture books. Her collection of poems about penguins, Antarctic Antics, was a bestseller, and an earlier collection of scary poems, Monster Goose, a great favorite. She lives in Oakland, California.
Brian Biggs is the illustrator of the middle-grade Shredderman series by Wendelin Van Draanen and One Beastly Beast by Garth Nix. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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