Parents' Guide to

Falling Up

By Peter Lewis, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Silverstein has childhood covered like a rug.

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age 17+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+


age 15+

Derranged, suggestive, and dark.

If you don't want your child's young innocent mind exposed to witchcraft, nudity, hypnosis, tattoos and violence then this isn't the book for you. Many of the "poems" don't really rhyme well. The illistrations look dark and derranged. There is an illistration of a woman giving a nude man a tattoo on his buttocks. Also it mocks the william tell story and shows an illistration of a man with an arrow shot into his head. Basically teaching your kids that william tell missed the apple and killed his son. I wouldn't recommend this trash for adults, let alone children.

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (2 ):

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.

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