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Shel Silverstein

  • 4 stars across 14 books
    Shel Silverstein's very first children's book Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back was published in 1963, and followed the next year by two other books. The first of those, The Giving Tree, is a moving story about the love of a tree for a boy; it took four years before Harper Children's books decided to publish it. Shel returned to humour that same year with A Giraffe and a Half. His first collection of poems and drawings, Where the Sidewalk Ends, appeared in 1974, and his second, A Light in the Attic, in 1981. When he was a G.I. in Japan and Korea in the 1950, he learned to play the guitar and to write songs, including 'A Boy Named Sue' for Johnny Cash. In 1984, Silverstein won a Grammy Award for Best Children's Album for Where the Sidewalk Ends - 'recited, sung and shouted' by the author. He was also an accomplished playwright, including the 1981 hit, 'The Lady or the Tiger Show.' The last book to be published before he died in 1999, was Falling Up (1996).
    2nd December 2010

    The Giving Tree

    The Giving Tree is a classic and moving story by Shel Silverstein. Once there was a little tree ... and she lov... More

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    7th June 2012

    Every Thing On It

    Have you ever read a book with everything on it? Here it is - an amazing collection of never-before-published poems and ... More

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    5th November 2015

    Lafcadio: The Lion Who Shot Back

    'You don't have to shoot me', says the young lion. 'I will be your rug and I will lie in front of your fireplace and I w... More

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    2nd June 2011

    Runny Babbit

    Runny Babbit lent to wunchAnd heard the saitress way,'We have some lovely stabbit rew -Our Special for today.'Welcome to... More

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    2nd June 2011

    A Light in the Attic

    There's a light on in the attic. I can see it from outside, And I know you're on the inside ... lookin' out. Step insid... More

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    2nd December 2010

    Where the Sidewalk Ends

    If you are a dreamer, come in, If you are a dreamer, A wisher, a liar, A hope-er, a p... More

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    9th August 2005

    Light in the Attic

    Here in the attic of Shel Silverstein you will find Backward Bill, Sour Face Ann, the Meehoo with an Exactlywatt, and th... More

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