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Wanda Gripp

by Kurt Cyrus
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Wanda Gripp by Kurt Cyrus

Wanda was a hugger.
It’s how she said hello.
The folks she squeezed were less than pleased
at how the hugs would go.

She held each victim tightly,
compressed each torso snugly.
Her steel embrace could turn your face
a dozen shades of ugly.

She hugged her friends and neighbors.
Their cats and doggies too.
She pressed their lungs and popped their tongues
and left them black-and-blue.

The crushing now has ended.
Let’s give a cheer for Wanda!
Though clearly nuts, it did take guts
to hug an anaconda. . . .

  — Kurt Cyrus

Copyright © 2013. All Rights Reserved. From Your Skeleton Is Showing: Rhymes of Blunder From Six Feet Under. Hyperion Books for Children. Reprinted by permission of the author.

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From Your Skeleton Is Showing: Rhymes of Blunder From Six Feet Under

The spectacular rhymes of Kurt Cyrus, paired with the deliciously grim illustrations of Crab Scrambly, take readers on an adventure through the friendliest and wackiest graveyard you’ll ever find! This collection of dead-pan poems is sure to be a perennial favorite and is the perfect off-beat introduction to poetry.

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About the Author

Kurt Cyrus has written and/or illustrated numerous picture books, including Tadpole Rex, Hotel DeepOddhopper Opera, and Your Skeleton is Showing. He has also illustrated books written by Eve Bunting, Lisa Wheeler and M. T. Anderson. When not writing, he enjoys tending his tree farm. He lives with his family in McMinnville, Oregon, one block off of Sesame Street.

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