Sticky Ends

Sticky Ends

Book - 2011
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A riotous and anarchic collection of cautionary verses from the award-winning Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross, illustrated disturbingly throughout

Guess what I had for school dinner?
They said it was Dumplings and Stew,
It's odd because Stuart's gone missing
And so have the Dumpling Twins too.

Have you heard the tale of Felicity Finch who was prone to pinch? Or the one about Vince the Mince, the vegetarian dog who took his sprouts far too seriously? In an off-beat mix between Shel Silverstein and Struwwelpeter , this hilarious collection offers a grisly mix of gruesome cautionary verses, in which assorted characters meet the stickiest of ends! Nasty tales include "Lardy Marge" ( The moral of the story is go easy on the fat, or just like Marge you'll melt and you'll be licked up by the cat ) and "Squiggle McSquirm" ( Sqiggle McSquirm was a toffee-nosed worm, who hatched in a compost heap, he slithered away on a cabbage leaf sleigh, when his mother was fast asleep. )

Publisher: London : Andersen Press, 2011.
ISBN: 9781849392501
Characteristics: 74 p. :,col. ill. ;,26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Ross, Tony


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ChristchurchKids Dec 23, 2014

There are all sorts of poetry books you can find in the library. There are nice, sweet poems about friends, poems about animals, or poems about monsters. Some of them rhyme and some of them twist and turn all over the page. Sticky Ends is a new collection of twenty-six very funny cautionary verses where the characters come to a sticky end. Some of them are stupendously silly, some are horribly gross, but they’re all funny.

In Sticky Ends you’ll meet Bubblegum Pete who ate all the bubblegum he could eat, but then comes to a sticky end when he blows the biggest bubble and gets blown away. There’s a very naughty Father Christmas who gets blackmailed by a naughty boy, Lardy Marge who eats too much butter, and Filthy Frankie who gets cocooned in snot.

If you ever need a really funny poem to read aloud at school or to make your parents squirm, Sticky Ends has a great selection to choose from. If you’re looking for it in the library, just look for the picture of an elephant sitting on a person on the front cover.

debwalker Jan 22, 2012

Cautionary verses with suitably gruesome pictures from the illustrator of Horrid Henry.

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