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Every Thing on It

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Another classic poetry collection by the master of whimsy.

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age 7+

Kept us laughing.....

My son thoroughly enjoyed this book. We would both sit on the bed and read the poems to each other...each one funnier than the next! A fun and great introduction for children to get into reading and loving poems.

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Silverstein's mastery is on display as he takes mundane or imagined situations and spins them into laughs or meaningful observations. Many of his poems are bite-sized -- just two to six lines longs. 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 and new./ But oh, I wish I could/ Crawl back with you./ Into the dollhouse again.

Silverstein's line drawings are the perfect accompaniment to his flights of fancy. Some characters have the deadpan, overburdened demeanor of a person in a New Yorker cartoon. Some have the loose, offhanded look of a notebook doodle. All are guaranteed to give a lift to readers of any age.

Book Details

  • Author: Shel Silverstein
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Harper
  • Publication date: September 20, 2011
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 9 - 12
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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