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The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the art in this book is inviting, and the style and economy of the writing, plus the subject matter, hold children's interest.
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Derranged, suggestive, and dark.
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What's the Story?
Shel Silverstein is on the loose with wise, witty, unconventional verse and electrifying line drawings. From thoughtful observations to bathroom humor, Silverstein has childhood covered like a rug. His insight and humor make this a favorite for adults as well as children.
Is It Any Good?
This book's expressive verse and narrative line drawings make a good match. A little girl bends over and looks through her legs: "Upside-down trees swingin' free, / Buses float and buildings dangle; / Now and then it's nice to see / The world--from a different angle." Another little girl looks right and left before crossing the street, while her tentative sense of safety is about to be erased by a falling safe.
Sometimes it's Silverstein's indecorum that lights up the page: "We gave you a chance / To water the plants. / We didn't mean that way-- / Now zip up your pants." The verse is quick and economical, the spirit unconventional, and the voice unique and distinctly American.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the poetry and language in this book. Does writing conjure up vivid images? What are some of your favorite passages, and why?
- Author: Shel Silverstein
- Illustrator: Shel Silverstein
- Genre: Poetry
- Book type: Non-Fiction
- Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
- Publication date: January 1, 1996
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 9 - 12
- Number of pages: 171
- Last updated: November 15, 2019
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