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Advance Praise for "A Boy Named Shel"

“I didn’t think any biography could do justice to one of the few honest-to-goodness geniuses of our time, a walking paradox who wore a cloak of complexity and elusiveness, but Lisa Rogak has done an exemplary job of it.”---Otto Penzler, The Mysterious Bookshop

“Shel Silverstein...was a genius in a dozen genres, the last of the real Renaissance men. He loved life and lived it more intensely than most of us dare to dream. There’s a surprise on every page as Lisa Rogak tells the whole untold story of this truly fabulous character.”---Dr. Demento, syndicated radio personality

Advance Praise for "A Boy Named Shel"

"I didn't think any biography could do justice to one of the few honest-to-goodness geniuses of our time, a walking paradox who wore a cloak of complexity and elusiveness, but Lisa Rogak has done an exemplary job of it."---Otto Penzler, The Mysterious Bookshop

"Shel Silverstein...was a genius in a dozen genres, the last of the real Renaissance men. He loved life and lived it more intensely than most of us dare to dream. There's a surprise on every page as Lisa Rogak tells the whole untold story of this truly fabulous character."---Dr. Demento, syndicated radio personality

Praise for "A Boy Named Shel"

"Engaging." "--The New Yorker"

"Consulting many sources, among them Silverstein's friends; radio interviews; and newspaper, journal and magazine articles, Rogak thoughtfully reconstructs the artist's life. ... An authoritative and accessible biography, absorbing from cover to cover."--"Library Journal""["A Boy Named Shel"] offers revealing anecdotes, complete with some dirty laundry, about the prolific children's author and cartoonist."--"Kirkus Reviews" "The strength of this biography is in leading readers back to Silverstein's art, which is, after all, where he would have us find him."--"School Library Journal" "Fascinating..."A Boy Named Shel" is a revealing peek into the mind behind both 'Runny Babbit' and 'Freakin' at the Freakers Ball.'" "--Albany Times Union" "A tribute to the unusual life of an extraordinary man." --"The Daily Texan " "Lisa Rogak dives wholeheartedly into presenting the full story of media-shy Silverstein. She covers every step in his creative career, following his journey across media. Silverstein proved himself as a songwriter, a cartoonist, an author, a poet, a playwright and a screenwriter, and Rogak doesn't miss a beat." --"The Daily Californian" "Faithfully following Silverstein on his wandering and tracing his deft compartmentalizing, Rogak lifts the curtain, respectfully, on this cultural icon." "--GO" (AirTran Airways Inflight Magazine)

"I didn't think any biography could do justice to one of the few honest-to-goodness geniuses of our time, a walking paradox who wore a cloak of complexity and elusiveness, but Lisa Rogak has done an exemplary job of it."---Otto Penzler, The Mysterious Bookshop

"Shel Silverstein...was a genius in a dozen genres, the last of the real Renaissance men. He loved life and lived it more intensely than most of us dare to dream. There's a surprise on every page as Lisa Rogak tells the whole untold story of this truly fabulous character."---Dr. Demento, syndicated radio personality

"Engaging." "--The New Yorker"

"Consulting many sources, among them Silverstein's friends; radio interviews; and newspaper, journal and magazine articles, Rogak thoughtfully reconstructs the artist's life. ... An authoritative and accessible biography, absorbing from cover to cover."--"Library Journal""["A Boy Named Shel"] offers revealing anecdotes, complete with some dirty laundry, about the prolific children's author and cartoonist."--"Kirkus Reviews" "The strength of this biography is in leading readers back to Silverstein's art, which is, after all, where he would have us find him."--"School Library Journal" "Fascinating..."A Boy Named Shel" is a revealing peek into the mind behind both 'Runny Babbit' and 'Freakin' at the Freakers Ball.'" "--Albany Times Union" "A tribute to the unusual life of an extraordinary man." --"The Daily Texan " "Lisa Rogak dives wholeheartedly into presenting the full story of media-shy Silverstein. She covers every step in his creative career, following his journey across media. Silverstein proved himself as a songwriter, a cartoonist, an author, a poet, a playwright and a screenwriter, and Rogak doesn't miss a beat." --"The Daily Californian" "Faithfully following Silverstein on his wandering and tracing his deft compartmentalizing, Rogak lifts the curtain, respectfully, on this cultural icon." "--GO" (AirTran Airways Inflight Magazine)

"I didn't think any biography could do justice to one of the few honest-to-goodness geniuses of our time, a walking paradox who wore a cloak of complexity and elusiveness, but Lisa Rogak has done an exemplary job of it."---Otto Penzler, The Mysterious Bookshop

"Shel Silverstein...was a genius in a dozen genres, the last of the real Renaissance men. He loved life and lived it more intensely than most of us dare to dream. There's a surprise on every page as Lisa Rogak tells the whole untold story of this truly fabulous character."---Dr. Demento, syndicated radio personality

Engaging. "The New Yorker"

Consulting many sources, among them Silverstein's friends; radio interviews; and newspaper, journal and magazine articles, Rogak thoughtfully reconstructs the artist's life. ... An authoritative and accessible biography, absorbing from cover to cover. "Library Journal"

["A Boy Named Shel"] offers revealing anecdotes, complete with some dirty laundry, about the prolific children's author and cartoonist. "Kirkus Reviews"

The strength of this biography is in leading readers back to Silverstein's art, which is, after all, where he would have us find him. "School Library Journal"

Fascinating..."A Boy Named Shel" is a revealing peek into the mind behind both 'Runny Babbit' and 'Freakin' at the Freakers Ball.' "Albany Times Union"

A tribute to the unusual life of an extraordinary man. "The Daily Texan"

Lisa Rogak dives wholeheartedly into presenting the full story of media-shy Silverstein. She covers every step in his creative career, following his journey across media. Silverstein proved himself as a songwriter, a cartoonist, an author, a poet, a playwright and a screenwriter, and Rogak doesn't miss a beat. "The Daily Californian"

Faithfully following Silverstein on his wandering and tracing his deft compartmentalizing, Rogak lifts the curtain, respectfully, on this cultural icon. "GO (AirTran Airways Inflight Magazine)"

I didn't think any biography could do justice to one of the few honest-to-goodness geniuses of our time, a walking paradox who wore a cloak of complexity and elusiveness, but Lisa Rogak has done an exemplary job of it. "Otto Penzler, The Mysterious Bookshop"

Shel Silverstein...was a genius in a dozen genres, the last of the real Renaissance men. He loved life and lived it more intensely than most of us dare to dream. There's a surprise on every page as Lisa Rogak tells the whole untold story of this truly fabulous character. "Dr. Demento, syndicated radio personality""

About the Author

Lisa Rogak is the author of more than forty books. Her most recent biography was "The Man Behind the Da Vinci Code: An Unauthorized Biography of Dan Brown." She lives in New Hampshire.

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Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars 26 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A talented artist, singer, songwriter 4 Mar. 2017
By patrick. - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book . anything by Shel is for me !!Many folks do not know he was a very good songwriter .John Cash A boy name sue was written by Shel
3.0 out of 5 stars A Glimpse of Shel 12 April 2017
By Carol A. Foose - Published on Amazon.com
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A little disappointing read. Love the books he has written.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like SHEL- get the book 1 May 2014
By Michael E. Murray - Published on Amazon.com
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Shel Silverstein led quite a life. If you are a fan, whether of his Stars and Stripes cartoons, his Dr. Demento appearances, or his poetry, the biography is well worth reading. He grew up poor and as you might imagine, marched to a different drummer. Sound interesting? Get the book.
If you never heard, read or saw his work you have something special in store for you! Check out his work and you will want to know the man.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars boring that it's a disservice to a writer as accomplished ... 9 Dec. 2014
By Daniel Sieradski - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't want to offend the author but the writing in this book is so pedestrian and, frankly, boring that it's a disservice to a writer as accomplished as Silverstein.
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely interesting read 10 Nov. 2015
By Sarah Benton - Published on Amazon.com
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Shows a much different side of a children's author
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