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A Light In The Attic Special Edition [Hardcover]

Shel Silverstein
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Sept. 14 2009

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 the Broiled Face, and find out what happens when someone steals your knees, you get caught by the Quick-Digesting Gink, a mountain snores, and they’ve put a brassiere on the camel.

With 12 never-before-published poems, here is a special edition of this beloved poetry collection, from the creator of Where the Sidewalk ends and Falling Up.

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A Light In The Attic Special Edition + Where The Sidewalk Ends 30th Anniversary Edition: Poems and Drawings + Falling Up
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For over 20 years, kids and kids at heart have giggled at the jumbled, goofy nonsense poems of Shel Silverstein. And now, lucky readers can listen to his mad meanderings as well with this 20th anniversary edition of A Light in the Attic, which includes a CD read by the author himself. Eleven classics, including "Twistable, Turnable Man," "The Dragon of Grindly Grun," "Prehistoric," and "Backward Bill" are performed by the late virtuoso of verse, while the tremendously popular book contains every one of the original poems that made Silverstein's name a household word: "Poemsicle," "Hula Eel," "Standing Is Stupid," "Moon-Catchin' Net," "Meehoo with an Exactlywatt," and dozens upon dozens more. Silverstein's amusing, cartoonish line drawings are every bit as familiar and beloved to readers as his poems. Gone, but not forgotten, the creator of the irresistible poetry collections Where the Sidewalk Ends and Falling Up, left an indelible mark on children's poetry. (All ages) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.


'A genius ... his is an enduring influence' The Times 'Resonates beyond words' Guardian 'That rare adult who can still think like a child' The New York Times --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A review by a children's author June 2 2004
By A Customer
I read Shel Silverstein when I was young and I loved his poetry. I used to read it to the kids I babysat (and I never sat on a baby) and I now read it to my own children. What can be said that hasn't been said already?
This: Shel Silverstein wrote more than just silly. Some of his greatest poems bring tears to my eyes and make me think about things like justice, death, love, and even my Creator. Pretty deep stuff. I personally believe it's that inane sense of humor he had combined with an almost philosophical take on life that mades Shel a great children's poet.
Some of my favorite poems by Shel are in this collection, The Light in the Attic.
The Little Boy and the Old Man should make any person who reads it think about aging and reaching out to our loved ones who are er, how shall I say it, a little past their prime and also to those who haven't quite reached their prime yet. And How Many, How Much is a wonderful reminder that friendship starts in your own heart.
And I wonder, was one of my favorite movies (Bruce Almighty) inspired by one of my favorite Shel Silverstein poems (God's Wheel)? Did the writer read that poem and think "What a great premise for a movie!" Could be. Whatever the case I know his work was one of my inspirations in becoming a children's writer. And now I'm writing a book of poetry for children and as I craft it I returned to all these funny, touching, ironic, wistful, poems and realized, "Uh oh, I set the bar too low. I need to kick it up a notch." I so I strive to do just that.
My nightmare is being compared by a cranky reviewer to Shel Silverstein, "This writer is an imposter to the throne of the great Shel." Let me state here and now that I don't want the throne.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where does the sidewalk end? In the attic. Aug. 7 2001
If you don't remember these rhymes from your childhood, then it's about time you visited the attic, "A Light in the Attic," that is. Silverstein combines humorous sketches, whimsical poetry and fanciful word play in another amusing collection. "Where the Sidewalk Ends" will always be my favorite, but poems like "Spelling Bee," "Deaf Donald," "Nobody" and "Little Abigail and the Beautiful Pony" definately make "A Light in the Attic" a close runner-up.
If you know Silverstein's work, then you are familiar with his simple rhyming style. His flair for combining drawings and words make for a book that's much more than just a collection of poetry. His poems are an experience that would be diminished without the visual aspect.
Silverstein's collections are great for all ages. I read them as a kid, but I enjoy them just as much now. Silverstein has the soul of a child, but the wit of a sage.
"The saddest thing I ever did see
Was a woodpecker peckin' at a plastic tree.
He looks at me, and 'Friend,' says he,
'Things ain't as sweet as they used to be.'"
-Shel Silverstein page 83
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read for poem fans! Nov. 14 2000
Shel Silverstein does it again. This time with "A Light in the Attic". A great compelation of poems that will have you laughing throughout the day. When I first picked this book up, I couldn't put it down for its gripping the reader techniques with such humorous poems. With characters in his poems ranging from any animal to any human, this book definitely has variety. I love the way Shel is able to rhyme things together and come up with such great stories in his poems......this is very evident in this book.
Most of th peoms run about half a page, some long, some short. All of course, though, have humor and really show the work put in to them. This poem book is one of Silverstein's finest and deserves some sort of award.
I want to thank Shel Silverstein for creating such a wonderful poem book and such great ideas that make you want to read the whole book in one sitting. That would definitely take time though it would be worth it.
As you can see, I really recommend anyone of any age buying this book so they can enjoy it as much as I did. Thank you for reading my review and have a nice day!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Policeman, Policeman, help me please! Aug. 16 1997
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Policeman, policeman, help me please! This book is tickling both my knees! And the rest of my skeletal system, as well! Read all about the baby-sitter, and the Lord's Prayer (in view of the kid with all the cool toys), and what to do if you don't wanna do the dishes, and why is it that there's nothing on interesting on TV???? This book is a must-read for all those who have a wild sense of humor. Speaking of which, I read this to a little girl about four years old. She loved the book so much she memorized passages, such as that Lord's Prayer one. Unfortunately, her father was a VERY strict Catholic and now every time I visit them with a book to read to her, I have to run it by them so that it would pass the "Light In the Attic" test! Apparently, that little Lord's Prayer poem and the Baby-Sitter poem didn't "sit" too well with them (sorry, inside joke). Policeman, policeman, help me please
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5.0 out of 5 stars There's too many kids in this tub! Jan. 7 2004
I hadn't read Shel Silverstein for years until I recently picked up this ancient book of my youth. Looking at it now, I truly appreciate Silverstein's unique writing (maybe for the first time). It's difficult not to fall in love instantly with a man who makes cannibalism, monsters, and other ephemera kid friendly. Not to mention the fantastic illustrations and original verses of each poem. Interestingly, I saw real similarities with, of all people, Gary Larson ("The Far Side") down to the grotesque but can't-look-away illustrations. I would recommend this book to any child I know. These poems do not date and feel as fresh as when I read them as a young-un.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent introduction to poetry for young children.
Published 1 month ago by marilyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Light in the attic
This has always been one of my favorites as a child. I enjoy reading the poems and looking at the simple and silly drawings in the book.
Published 11 months ago by Alice Chan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for kids
....and adults too! Lots of laughs and silliness.
Published on April 25 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE
I am not a big poem fan but I love this book! Drawings are great and so fun!
Published on July 14 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars the laughing stock
Hula eels, magic carpets and tickilish tom are all things in A Light in the Attic. This hilarios book has fun filled poems all over! such as Little Abigail and the beautiful pony. Read more
Published on May 17 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A Light In The Attic
The book A Light In The Attic is very good because I like all of the little poems and most of the poems are really funny! Read more
Published on April 15 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Shel, How we Love thee!
I have to say that Shel Silverstein deserves a lot of credit...his poetry opens the door of rhyme and verse for so many children who are blessed to find this book in their hands. Read more
Published on Sept. 4 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Children's Book Ever?
If there were an award for best children's book ever Shel Silverstein's work would win hands down. It is light and imaginative, yet, it challenged vocabulary and young minds to... Read more
Published on June 4 2002
Published on Dec 31 2001 by Leif A. Ostgard
5.0 out of 5 stars A light in the attic...
Shel Silverstien will always have a close connection to my childhood. I loved reading his poems when I was younger and reading them now brings me back for a moment. Read more
Published on Aug. 3 2001 by savvyseacrest
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