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Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems & Drawings Hardcover – 1 Jan 2004
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From the Back Cover
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. This special edition has twelve extra poems that did not appear in the original collection.
About the Author
Shel Silverstein 's incomparable career as a bestselling children's book author and illustrator began with Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back. He is also the creator of picture books including A Giraffe and a Half, Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?, The Missing Piece, The Missing Piece Meets the Big O, and the perennial favorite The Giving Tree, as well as classic poetry collections such as Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Every Thing On It, Don't Bump the Glump!, and Runny Babbit.
Top Customer Reviews
I bought it second hand and it said cover was in good condition.
Was a bit disappointed that the front cover (showing the picture) was not on the book.
However, the nice surprise was that the black hardback cover was signed by Shel Silverstein, so swings and roundabouts as they say :0)
Kids will love this and adults will love reading it to their kids and the illustrations are lovely
I wish my children had read this. Lovely book.
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Silverstein's work is very subversive in that he uses humor to mask serious themes. There is both innocence and complexity in each of the poetry vignettes.
Each time I read this book, I find something new in the poems.
This is an especially good book to read out loud to children because you can read as much or as little as your child can absorb. Eventually, your children can read the poems to you.
My current favorites are: It's Dark in Here (about being eaten by a lion), Listen to the Mustn'ts (about going beyond the negatives), Jimmy Jet and His TV Set (what happens to those who watch too much screen), Early Bird (advice for the bird and the worm), Hector the Collector (about beauty being in the eye of the beholder), Sarah Cynthia Slyvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out (what happens to those who ignore the trash), Pirate Captain Jim (proving the adage that the least competent rise to the top), Hungry Mungry (what happens when someone doesn't stop eating).
The author has an ability to amuse, entertain and even teach lessons with his unique approach to poetry and art. Some of the many wonderful poems in this book includes the following: Hug O’ war, it’s dark in here, colors, Joey, early bird, sky seasoning, the farmer and the queen, rain, true story, enter this deserted house, jumping rope, who, me-stew and many, many other wonderful poems and lessons. Even though this book is aimed at younger readers I think adults will also find it an interesting read.
If you are a Shel Silverstein fan you should check out this book. I found it an amusing read.
Rating: 4 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: The Samurai Soul: An old warrior’s poetic tribute)