A lot or a little?
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.
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's the story?
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.