Cover image for Where the sidewalk ends : the poems & drawings of Shel Silverstein.
Title:
Where the sidewalk ends : the poems & drawings of Shel Silverstein.
Author:
Silverstein, Shel.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
183 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Summary:
A boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale are only two of the characters in a collection of humorous poetry illustrated with the author's own drawings.
General Note:
This ed. contains 12 new poems.

Includes index.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.9 3 Quiz: 12516 Guided reading level: NR.
ISBN:
9780060572341

9780060586539
Format :
Book

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Summary

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Shel Silverstein, the New York Times bestselling author of The Giving Tree, A Light in the Attic, Falling Up, and Every Thing On It, has created a poetry collection that is outrageously funny and deeply profound. Come in...for where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein's world begins. This special edition contains 12 extra poems.

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 stretches the bounds of imagination and will be cherished by readers of all ages. This is a collection that belongs on everyone's bookshelf. Makes a great gift for special occasions such as holidays, birthdays, and graduation.

And don't miss Runny Babbit Returns, the new book by Shel Silverstein!


Author Notes

The most popular current writer of humorous verse for children, Shel Silverstein was born in Chicago, Illinois, has been married and divorced, has one daughter, and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. His career includes composing popular songs, drawing cartoons, writing many adult articles (several for Playboy), and acting. However, he is best known for his self-illustrated children's poetry.

His first such book was Uncle Shelby's Story of Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back (1963), the humorous tale of a lion who turns the tables on hunters. It was followed by The Giving Tree (1964), a story of a parentlike tree that gives endlessly and is endlessly used by its son. Several other such picture books followed, including The Missing Piece (1976), about a circle that goes in search of a missing piece, and its sequel, The Missing Piece Meets the Big O (1981). However, two collections of poetry are probably his best-loved work: Where the Sidewalk Ends: The Poems and Drawings of Shel Silverstein (1974), and A Light in the Attic (1981).

All of Silverstein's poetry for children employs the language play common to Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear. Silverstein is probably the best of the contemporary nonsense poets for children.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

The classic Where the Sidewalk Ends: 30th Anniversary Special Edition by Shel Silverstein is reissued with 12 new poems that were not part of the original. Joining Hector the Collector, Ridiculous Rose and the Glurpy Slurpy Skakagrall ("Who's standing right behind you") are new poems including "Mr. Grumpledump's Song" ("Everything's wrong,/ Days are too long,/ Sunshine's too hot,/ Wind is too strong") and "The Unfunny Jester" ("The jester did a funny leap,/ The prince and princess fell asleep"). (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

K Up--Several classic tales from Silverstein are celebrating anniversaries, most notably The Giving Tree, still popular at 50. Though this spare but tender allegory for the parent/child relationship still occupies a celebrated place on bookshelves, it's a divisive title, with some critics finding the boy selfish and narcissistic and others even positing that the work represents our destructive relationship with nature. Other new releases employ Silverstein's trademark humor, such as Lafcadio, a laugh-out-loud tale of a sharpshooting lion, now in its 50th year. Dreamers, wishers, liars, hope-ers, pray-ers, and magic bean buyers are in for a treat: Where the Sidewalk Ends, Silverstein's funny, lyrical, and downright bizarre poetry collection, turns 40, and this newest edition contains 12 extra poems. At 50, A Giraffe and a Half and Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros? have yet to show their age; these picture books are ridiculous in all the best ways. Finally, meet the Wild Gazite, the Pointy-Peaked Pavarius, and the Long-Necked Preposterous, in Don't Bump the Glump!: And Other Fantasies, Silverstein's first poetry collection-and the only one in full color-whose arresting wordplay and images are wonderfully disconcerting. (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

Where the Sidewalk Ends 30th Anniversary Special Edition Poems and Drawings Invitation 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 ... If you're a pretender, come sit by my fire For we have some flax-golden tales to spin. Come in! Come in!  Where the Sidewalk Ends 30th Anniversary Special Edition Poems and Drawings . Copyright © by Shel Silverstein. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold. Excerpted from Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings by Shel Silverstein All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.