As a kid, I LOVED Shel Silverstein's books. I think I borrowed Where the Sidewalk Ends from the local library more than any other book from ages 6-10, mainly because it was just so darn funny! And in an event that I can now refer to as a huge compliment to Mr. Silverstein (though was quite embarrassing at the time), I even attempted to pass some of his poems off as my own. Yep...I plagerized Shel Silverstein. I was about 7 and brought his book up to my room, proceeded to copy four or five of the poems in about 20 minutes and quickly ran downstairs to tell my mother I had decided to become a poet, handing her the poems. I was so proud of myself. She, however, was not impressed and I was punished for lying. So tragic.
Now, even all these years later, kids are still entranced by the silliness that is a Silverstein poem. His family has apparently given permission for some never-before-seen poems and drawings to be published in a fourth collection, hitting shelves tomorrow. If you were a big fan like I was or are just now introducing your children or students to the hilarity inside these books, make sure you check out the new one!
Every Thing On It