Light in the Attic

ISBN-10: 0060256737
ISBN-13: 9780060256739
Edition: 1981 (Special)
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Book details

List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 1981
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 8/9/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 176
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Last night while I lay thinking here Some Whatifs crawled inside my ear And pranced and partied all night long And sang their same old Whatif song: Whatif I flunk that test? Whatif green hair grows on my chest? Whatif nobody likes me? Whatif a bolt of lightning strikes me?... Here in the attic of Shel Silverstein you will find Backward Bill, Sour Face Ann, the Meehoo with an Exactlywatt, and the Polar Bear in the Frigidaire. You will talk with Broiled Face, and find out what happens when Somebody steals your knees, you get caught by the Quick-Digesting Gink, a Mountain snores, and They Put a Brassiere on the Camel. From the creator of the beloved poetry collections Where the Sidewalk Ends and Falling Up, here is another wondrous book of poems and drawings. Notable Children's Books of 1981 (ALA) Best Books of 1981 (SLJ) Children's Books of 1981 (Library of Congress) 1981 Children's Books (NY Public Library) 1981 USA Children's Books of International Interest Winner, 1983-84 William Allen White Award (Kansas) Winner, 1983 Garden State Children's Book Award (New Jersey Library Association) 1984 Garden State Children's Book Award for Non-Fiction (New Jersey Library Association) 1984 George C. Stone Center for Children's Books (Claremont, CA) "Recognition of Merit" Award

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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