Best Friends Forever! Animal Lovers in Rhyme

Robert L. Forbes, illus. by Ronald Searle. Overlook Duckworth, $19.95 (80p) ISBN 978-1-59020-808-3
In this companion to Beastly Feasts! and Let’s Have a Bite! Forbes composes odes to unlikely lovestruck animals. A seagull finds love inland (“Now they’re raising a brood in the pines—/ Not one of Mother Nature’s predictable designs:/ A seagull in the forest with a morning [sic] dove./ But it pays to take a chance on love”), while Monty “is a naughty python/ Who met his wife in a python pile-on.” The loquacious verse sometimes falters (“The first time I met Lena/ She was an average girl hyena/ Who could laugh right on cue/ Because that’s what hyenas do./ The Animal Cliché League is pretty strict:/ Hyenas must laugh, so goes the edict”), but, by and large, the gently mischievous poems should please those who love wordplay, the animal kingdom, and improbable romances. All ages. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 01/07/2013
Release date: 01/10/2013
Genre: Children's
Paperback - 978-0-7156-4403-4
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