Every Thing On It by Shel Silverstein

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Synopsis

A spider lives inside my head
Who weaves a strange and wondrous web
Of silken threads and silver strings
To catch all sorts of flying things,
Like crumbs of thought and bits of smiles
And specks of dried-up tears,
And dust of dreams that catch and cling
For years and years and years . . .

Have you ever read a book with everything on it? Well, here it is, an amazing collection of never-before-published poems and drawings from the creator of Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, and Falling Up. You will say Hi-ho for the toilet troll, get tongue-tied with Stick-a-Tongue-Out-Sid, play a highly unusual horn, and experience the joys of growing down.

What's that? You have a case of the Lovetobutcants? Impossible! Just come on in and let the magic of Shel Silverstein bend your brain and open your heart.

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About Shel Silverstein

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Shel Silverstein is the author-artist of many beloved books of prose and poetry. He was a cartoonist, playwright, poet, performer, recording artist, and Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated songwriter.
 
Published September 20, 2011 by HarperCollins. 208 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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“Although I cannot see your face / As you flip these poems awhile, / Somewhere from some far-off place / I hear you laughing—and I smile.” This and 129 other poems chosen by Silverstein’s family see light here for the first time.

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Publishers Weekly

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This posthumous collection of Silverstein's poems and illustrations is not only familiar in design, but chockfull of the whimsical humor, eccentric characters, childhood fantasies, and iconoclastic glee that his many fans adore.

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The Wall Street Journal

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Told from Julie's point of view in adulthood, this story from the author of "Millions" may make readers regard foreign students at their schools with new appreciation.

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NPR

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The family of the beloved children's poet has released Every Thing On It, a collection of playful, previously unpublished poems and drawings. "I cannot see your face," Silverstein wrote in a poem to his young readers, but in "some far-off place" he assures them, "I hear you laughing — and I smile."

Sep 20 2011 | Read Full Review of Every Thing On It

Examiner

As a huge fan of The Giving Tree, A Light in the Attic, and Where the Sidewalk Ends, I was thrilled to hear of the new Shel Silverstein book, Every Thing On It.

Sep 22 2011 | Read Full Review of Every Thing On It

Common Sense Media

Most reflect a kid-like goofiness, some reveal the mature wisdom of someone who remains young at heart, as in "The Dollhouse": You can't crawl back in the dollhouse --/ You've gotten too big to get in./ You've got to live here/ Like the rest of us do./ You've got to walk roads/ That are winding a...

Sep 20 2011 | Read Full Review of Every Thing On It

Deseret News

"Every Thing On It" is a posthumous collection of Shel Silverstein's poems and drawings.

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KidsReads

The title poem is perfectly chosen, a classic Silverstein ditty that will make long-time readers feel right at home and draw in new ones as well: "I asked for a hot dog / With everything on it / And that was my big mistake," writes the narrator, who finds himself with, among other things, "A flag...

Sep 20 2011 | Read Full Review of Every Thing On It

The Horn Book

From the poem whose illustration graces the cover — in which a doleful-looking person holds a hotdog with everything on it, including “a parrot, / A bee in a bonnet,” and other items piled high — to a final poem that invites the reader to write his or her own, the book is not just laugh-out-loud ...

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