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Where the Sidewalk Ends [Hardcover]

Shel Silverstein
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2 Dec 2010

If you are a dreamer, come in,

If you are a dreamer,

A wisher, a liar,

A hope-er, a pray-er,

A magic bean buyer . . .

Come in . . . for where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein's world begins. You'll meet a boy who turns into a TV set, and a girl who eats a whale. The Unicorn and the Bloath live there, and so does Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout who will not take the garbage out. It is a place where you wash your shadow and plant diamond gardens, a place where shoes fly, sisters are auctioned off, and crocodiles go to the dentist.

Shel Silverstein's masterful collection of poems and drawings is at once outrageously funny and profound.


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Particular Books; First in This Edition edition (2 Dec 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1846143845
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846143847
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shel Silverstein's very first children's book Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back was published in 1963, and followed the next year by two other books. The first of those, The Giving Tree, is a moving story about the love of a tree for a boy; it took four years before Harper Children's books decided to publish it. Shel returned to humour that same year with A Giraffe and a Half. His first collection of poems and drawings, Where the Sidewalk Ends, appeared in 1974, and his second, A Light in the Attic, in 1981. When he was a G.I. in Japan and Korea in the 1950, he learned to play the guitar and to write songs, including 'A Boy Named Sue' for Johnny Cash. In 1984, Silverstein won a Grammy Award for Best Children's Album for Where the Sidewalk Ends - 'recited, sung and shouted' by the author. He was also an accomplished playwright, including the 1981 hit, 'The Lady or the Tiger Show.' The last book to be published before he died in 1999, was Falling Up (1996).

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful memories 1 Feb 2004
Format:Hardcover
As an American living in England, trying to find admirers of Shel Silverstein is quite hard. Despite not knowing much about him, everyone should give Shel's first book a go. It is a wonderful collection of poems that are imaginative, full of humor and adorable pictures (drawn by Shel himself!). The poems you read (whether you are an adult or child) will become well-loved, maybe even memorized and (hopefully!) shared with many you know...get the word out--Shel Silverstein is a gifted poet who should be read by young and old alike!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, nonsensical poetry for ages 2-102 11 May 1999
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Format:Hardcover
I was intrduced to "Where The Sidewalk Ends" by my second grade reading teacher in the fall of 1978. The author, Shel Silverstein, had an incredible gift. He could make kids fans of poetry! (One of those kids happened to be my 38 year-old father). From the moment I opened the book and recited "Sick" for the very first time, I fell in love with Mr. Silverstein's books.
My brilliant teacher had each member of the class perform a poem from "Where The Sidewalk Ends". He made lovers of poetry of us all, and an actress out of me. For years to come, I won numerous talent contests performing "Sick" for audiences of all ages.
I love each and every poem in this book. Everybody who loves to laugh MUST read "Ma and God", "Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out", "The Dirtiest Man In the World", and "Sick", my all-time favorite.
"Where the Sidewalk Ends" and Shel Silverstein changed my life forever. It was today, May 10, 1999, that I read he had passed away. The world has lost an amazing contributer to children's literature. "Where the Sidewalk Ends" and all of Mr. Silverstein's other books are the delightful legacy that he has left behind. I encourage children and parents alike to open this book and let the laughter in.
"For the Children, they mark,and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless, Funny and Important 23 Jun 1999
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Format:Hardcover
My only hope is that Shel Silverstein will one day be given his full credit as one of the most important poets of our (or any) time. To say that he was a mere 'childrens' poet wouldn't do the man credit. I won't go into his history, you can do that yourselves.
"Where the Sidewalk Ends" is a perfect example of poetry done right. Sometimes it rhymes, sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes it's funny, sometimes it's not. But, just like Dr. Suess' books, we go back long after our 'childhood' has ended. We want to relive our childhood. There aren't enough kind words in my vocabulary to recommend this (or any of his other books) highly enough.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Profound Silliness 8 Oct 2002
Format:Hardcover
Shel Silverstein had the ability to think like a kid. Only a few adult authors truly possess this skill. I remember when this book was first published, and my parents got a copy. They were reading it together and laughing, and I thought it wasn't fair, because he wrote it for me, an eleven year old, and why should old people like my parents find it funny?
Now, as a teacher, I use this book to introduce students to the joy of writing poetry, when usually they run in fear from the very idea. The topics are as wide as his imagination was wild, and while the humor is at a youthful level, it never crosses the line of unacceptable crudeness.
A handful of the epic poems in this book become a little tedious, but most of his best works, which appear in many English textbooks, are found in this volume. Not all the poems are silly. Throughout the book are poems that surprise the reader in their clarity, honesty, and thoughtfulness.
Throughout the book there is a sense of wonder at the world we live in, and a sly investigation into the silly behaviors we all exhibit, no matter what the age. And his hilarious line drawings, often integrated into the text, are the icing on the cake.
Of all the poetry collections Shel wrote, this is the first and the best, still fresh after all these years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry for You 6 Jan 2012
Format:Hardcover
I am a careful buyer of books because my 8 year old daughter is a picky reader. She likes sophisticated text, humour and plenty of pictures, so I thought I'd try some poetry. Roald Dahl/Quentin Blake is an obvious choice, but I find Dahl a bit heartless at times.

So...I stumbled across Shel Silverstein. Coming from England I hadn't heard of him before, but the reviews of U.S. readers spoke volumes for the quality of the work, so I bought the book as a Christmas present.

Shel Silverstein insisted on his books being printed on quality paper and in hardback - as far as I'm aware there are no paperback versions. So as an item, the book is something to treasure.

My daughter and I have read the book together regularly since Christmas, and it has been a smash hit! We reread many of the poems as we go along, because they sound so enjoyable. The poetry is lively, comic, often thought provoking. With almost 200 pages we will be exploring for weeks to come, and this is the sort of book that we will revisit again and again.

I will certainly be buying more volumes of Shel Silverstein, and would recommend him to children and adults of all ages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book, really love reading through to poems
great book, really love reading through to poems. My girl (3) might be a little young for it though so saving it for later
Published 24 days ago by Daniela Vojvoda
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Dr. Marek Gawel
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book.
Such a lovely book for adults and children alike to enjoy. Fantastic poems that linger in the mind and fun illustrations. Loved it.
Published 3 months ago by Laura Tea
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend..
A superb read. My 8 year old son and I read it together and we both loved it.I would highly recommend it to all parents for children of a reading age..
Published 4 months ago by Starrocker
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful inside and oud
I bought these for a friend and was impressed by what I saw: pristeen white cover, not a scratch, tear or fold on the cover and the inside is hilarious. It reminds me a bit (! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Marina HIP Geleijn
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I received the book in two days :)
The quality was excellent and besides I received a discount which made every penny worth it.
Published 17 months ago by Marjan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab!
My daughter loves this book as much, if not more, than I did growing up in N. America. Absolutely fantastic and highly recommended!
Published 18 months ago by Alyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Adults and Children Five Star Fun
Perfect for reading aloud, appreciated by children and adults. Great fun, a bit cheeky and naughty but with a good hearted approach to life presented in the poems. Read more
Published 18 months ago by m0kitty
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Beautiful
A book we regularly give as a present, it appeals to kids and adults. Silverstein in American so some of the words had to be explained to my youngest child, but the poems are so... Read more
Published 19 months ago by clairechilli
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful poems for all the family
As one of the reviewers suggested, here is an adult writer who has not lost the imagination and insights of a child. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Rick
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