These 4 books are all written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein. They are all funny and make kids and adults laugh. Kids should be taught at a young age that poetry can be fun to read and to listen to. These are all targeted for the 4 to 8 age range but I think they are great for older kids too.
Where the Sidewalk Ends Special Edition is celebrating it’s birthday of 40 years. I can hardly believe that the book is that old but I am in my 30s so I clearly need to come to the reality that I am aging!
Where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein’s world begins. There 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.
Within the pages of Falling Up, you’ll meet Allison Beals and
her twenty-five eels; Danny O’Dare, the dancin’ bear; the Human Balloon;
Headphone Harold; and more unforgettable characters. This wondrous
collection lets you wander through the Nose Garden, ride the Little
Hoarse, and eat in the Strange Restaurant, with poems and drawings that
are both outrageously funny and profound. The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books said of Falling Up, “An enticing blend of wickedness, creativity, and rhythm makes the verse entertaining, readable, and often chantable.”
Every Thing On It is the second original book to be published since Silverstein’s passing in 1999. With over 100 never-before-seen poems and illustrations completed before he died and pulled from his personal archives, EVERY THING ON IT follows in the tradition and format of his other acclaimed bestselling poetry collections.
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.
A Light in the Attic Special Edition includes twelve new, never-before-published poems.
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
This bestselling poetry collection by the outrageously funny and
profound Shel Silverstein is not to be missed. The illustrations are funny and the use of black and white makes it so they are not distracting to the poems but instead complementary.
If you own one poetry book for your child than it definitely needs to be one of these. They teach children that poetry can really be enjoyed. The books are hardback bound and these volumes are super thick. I find that HarperCollins books are always of great quality. I enjoy just thumbing through them and randomly reading a poem here and there. This is the type of book to snuggle up in a pile of blankets and savor every word on the pages.