Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

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A fat volume of small illustrated rhymes from Silverstein, who gets down to the level of kids' peeves, spooks, and sense of silliness often enough to score a collective hit...All in all, bright and knowing nonsense.
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Last night, while I lay thinking here,
Some Whatifs crawled inside my ear
And pranced and partied all night long
And sang their same old Whatif song:
Whatif I flunk that test?
Whatif green hair grows on my chest?
Whatif nobody likes me?
Whatif a bolt of lightning strikes me? . . .

Here in the attic of Shel Silverstein you will find Backward Bill, Sour Face Ann, the Meehoo With an Exactlywatt, and the Polar Bear in the Frigidaire. You will talk with the Broiled Face, and find out what happens when someone steals your knees, you get caught by the Quick-Digesting Gink, a mountain snores, and they’ve put a brassiere on the camel.

With 12 never-before-published poems, here is a special edition of this beloved poetry collection, from the creator of Where the Sidewalk ends and Falling Up.

 

About Shel Silverstein

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The most popular current writer of humorous verse for children, 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.
 
Published January 1, 1981 by HARPER & ROW. 176 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Education & Reference. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Aug 26 2011

A fat volume of small illustrated rhymes from Silverstein, who gets down to the level of kids' peeves, spooks, and sense of silliness often enough to score a collective hit...All in all, bright and knowing nonsense.

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Entertainment Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by EW STAFF on Jan 17 2015

Here in the attic of Shel Silverstein you will find Backward Bill, Sour Face Ann, the Meehoo With an Exactlywatt, and the Polar Bear in the Frigidaire...With 12 never-before-published poems, here is a special edition of this beloved poetry collection, from the creator of Where the Sidewalk ends and Falling Up.

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Entertainment Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by KAREN RAY on Jul 26 1991

Children’s poetry doesn’t get any better, or sillier, than A Light in the Attic...Children take to his silliness the way Mr. Spats’ hats take to Mr. Smeds’ heads.

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Good
Reviewed by Katelyn T on May 31 2013

This poetry book is based on a fun and creative way to show little kids that fun can happen with reading...This poetry book has many poems but even though most of them are long it still makes many images that pop in your head. I would recommend this book if you like to read poetry...

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Reviewed by covenly1 on May 28 2015

If you still speak the language of children, you will love this book of poetry and drawings by Shel Silverstein! It is a twisted way of looking at life, most of us would say...It is a funny, funny book of poems, both long and short, for children and for the children inside of us!

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