Where the Sidewalk Ends Poems and Drawings

ISBN-10: 0060256672

ISBN-13: 9780060256678

Edition: 1974

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Description: If you are a dreamer, come in, If you are a dreamer, A wisher, a liar, A hope-er, a pray-er, A magic bean buyer ... Come in ... for where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein's world begins. 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. Shel Silverstein's masterful collection of poems and drawings is at once outrageously funny and profound. Notable Children's Books of 1974 (ALA) 1985 Notable Children's Recording (BL) Outstanding Children's Books of 1974 (NYT) 1988 Choices (Association of Booksellers for Children) Notable Titles of 1974 (NYTBR) 1981 Michigan Young Readers' Award 1984 George C. Stone Center for Children's Books (Claremont, CA) "Recognition of Merit" Award

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Book details

List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 1974
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 2/18/2014
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 176
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

The most popular current writer of humorous verse for children, Silverstein was born in Chicago, Illinois, has been married and divorced, has one daughter, and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. His career includes composing popular songs, drawing cartoons, writing many adult articles (several for Playboy), and acting. However, he is best known for his self-illustrated children's poetry. His first such book was Uncle Shelby's Story of Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back (1963), the humorous tale of a lion who turns the tables on hunters. It was followed by The Giving Tree (1964), a story of a parentlike tree that gives endlessly and is endlessly used by its son. Several other such picture books followed, including The Missing Piece (1976), about a circle that goes in search of a missing piece, and its sequel, The Missing Piece Meets the Big O (1981). However, two collections of poetry are probably his best-loved work: Where the Sidewalk Ends: The Poems and Drawings of Shel Silverstein (1974), and A Light in the Attic (1981). All of Silverstein's poetry for children employs the language play common to Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear. Silverstein is probably the best of the contemporary nonsense poets for children.

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