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Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems & Drawings Hardcover – 1 Jan 2004

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 183 pages
  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; 40th Anniversary ed. edition (1 Jan. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060572345
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060572341
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 2.4 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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Loved the book. The poems and illustrations are so good. I heard of this book from Dermott Hayes, an Irish writer who came across a copy 25 years after reading it originally to his kids. He mentioned it on his Wordpress blog, so I thought I would get my own copy.
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
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A new author for me, being from England I didn't know Silverstein.
I wish my children had read this. Lovely book.
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My youngest loves these quirky but sometimes too american
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Amazon.com: 4.9 out of 5 stars 1,564 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic for a Reason 14 July 2014
By Sheila M - Published on Amazon.com
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WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS is a book of poems and illustrations by the amazing Shel Silverstein. I have read this book several times since childhood, have read it to my own child, and had my own child read it himself. This is the type of book that a reader can pick up flip to any page and then look up an hour later wondering where the time went.

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).
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you are a Shel Silverstein fan you should check out this delightful volume. 14 Aug. 2015
By Joseph J. Truncale - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the second book (Where the sidewalk ends by Shel Silverstein) I have read by this author. I found the first one (The Giving Tree) was delightful but short. This 166 page hardcover volume is also a fantastic read. The book is filled with short but expressive poems. Each poem also includes his unique and unusual drawings, which really make the book, come alive.

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)
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I salute you, Shel Silverstein. 20 Nov. 2016
By Robert Winchester - Published on Amazon.com
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It seems to be very trendy to solicit books instead of a card for baby showers these days and this is my "Go To". Every time. It actually annoys me to see someone else bring the same book to a shower. That's how much of my "go to" it is. I feel selfishly possessive like I wrote it myself. I loved his books when I was younger, I read them to my own kids, I pass them on for others... You should do the same. Unless you're going to be at a shower with me.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I still enjoy reading it from my copy I received when I ... 10 Feb. 2017
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a timeless book. I still enjoy reading it from my copy I received when I was 7 years old. This is my go-to gift for any future mom's at baby showers. It'll last a lifetime time, they'll read it to them for bed time stories, the child will eventually read them by themselves and then it can read and enjoyed as an adult. I highly recommend this book and others by the same author.,
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I FORGOT WHAT A WONDERFUL BOOK THIS IS 13 Dec. 2016
By Sarah Wurm Rossi - Published on Amazon.com
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I FORGOT WHAT A WONDERFUL BOOK THIS IS! I HAD FULL SETS OF SHEL SILVERSTEIN'S BOOKS, WHICH I GAVE TO MY KIDS WHEN THEY GREW UP..... NOW, ITS TIME TO PASS THESE WORDS OF SIMPLE PLEASURE AND JOY ALONG TO A NEW GENERATION SO MANY ADULTS FORGET THAT THEY HAVE A CHILD INSIDE OF THEM! THAT CHILD NEEDS TO COME OUT! THANK YOU FOR MAKING MY DAYS BRIGHTER! HAPPY CHRISTMAS......BE SAFE DURING THE HOLIDAYS.....SARH WURM ROSSI
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