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Falling Up Hardcover – January 24, 2006 by Shel Silverstein (Author, Illustrator)

My kids immediately fell in love with Shel Silverstein’s when I introduced them to his work about 7 years ago. .. They were 1 and 4 at the time. (The older one got his younger brother interested as the younger one got older. ) They are now 8 and 11 years old, and they still get a kick out of reading Silverstein’s poems: They laugh out loud when they read his poems, and I get great joy from that. So this is our 10th or so of his books, and the boys love it. Can’t go wrong with silly, clean poems that bring laughter to little children. Good for adult hearts, too! Check it out!

From Publishers Weekly All the things that children loved about A Light in the Attic and Where the Sidewalk Ends can be found in abundance in this eclectic volume, Silverstein’s first book of poetry in 20 years. By turns cheeky and clever and often darkly subversive, the poems are vintage Silverstein, presented in a black-and-white format that duplicates his earlier books. Like Roald Dahl, Silverstein’s cartoons and poems are humorously seditious, often giving voice to a child’s desire to be empowered or to retaliate for perceived injustice: one child character wields a “Remote-a-Dad” that will instantly control his father, and another dreams of his teachers becoming his students so that when they talk or laugh in class, he can “pinch ’em ’til they [cry].” The poems focus on the unexpected-a piglet receives a “people-back ride” and Medusa’s snake-hair argues about whether to be coifed in cornrows or bangs. Sometimes the art traffics in gross-out, as when William Tell gets an arrow through his forehead or a cartoon character sticks carrots in his sockets because he’s heard that carrots are good for his eyes. Although some parents and teachers may cringe at such touches, Silverstein’s anti-establishment humor percolates as he lampoons conventions (the stork not only brings babies but “comes and gets the older folks/ When it’s their time to go”), or discards decorum (a small gardener zips up his pants after watering the plants “that way”). No matter that the author’s rhythms and rhymes can be sloppy, or that his annoying insistence on leavin’ off the endin’ to his ING’s seems artificially folksy, Silverstein’s ability to see the world from, as he says, “a different angle” will undoubtedly earn this book a wide audience. All ages. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Falling Up Hardcover – January 24, 2006 by Shel Silverstein (Author, Illustrator) Review

This is the third hardcover book I have read (Falling Up: Poems and Drawings by Shel Silverstein) by this author. As I have mentioned previously, this author has an original and unique talent to create unusual poems spiced with his drawings making his books interesting reads. I enjoyed this volume the most out of the three books I have read by Silverstein. Each of the wonderful poems also includes the authors own original and unique drawings. The combination makes for a fun to read book for both adults and younger readers. Like a lot of Silversteins books, there are messages and lessons of life we can all relate to reading his poetic words. I really liked most of the poems in this volume, but some of my favorites in this book include the following: Sun hat, snow ball, unfair, crystal ball, no thank you, safe, my robot, sidewalking, Pinocchio, big eating contest, bad cold, people zoo, hypnotized, mirror, mirror, haunted, a battle in the sky, the mummy, a cat, a kid, and a mom, Lyin Larry, no, the smile makers and when I was your age. If you are a Shel Silverstein fan you will love this book. I found it to be refreshing, amusing and entertaining. Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Never trust a politician: A critical review of politics and politicians. -Read Reviews-

Almost everyone knows about this book and its author so I don’t really need to go into detail about that. What I will say is that it is an awesome family bonding tool. I have six kids, ages 1 to 19, and they all enjoy listening to the poems from this book together. I’m a huge fan. Some of my favorite readings are in this book. I definitely enjoy sharing things I remember from my childhood with my kids and this is one of them.

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