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Ratings and reviews for Where the Sidewalk Ends Special Edition with 12 Extra Poems: Poems and Drawings

Ratings and reviews for Where the Sidewalk Ends Special Edition with 12 Extra Poems: Poems and Drawings
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Author(s): Shel Silverstein
Release Date: 2/18/2014
Binding: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 192
Studio: HarperCollins
Manufacturer: HarperCollins
Dewey Decimal Number: 811.54
Product Group: Book
Edition: Anniversary
Sales Rank: 2599
Description: Shel Silverstein, the New York Times bestselling author of The Giving Tree, A Light in the Attic, Falling Up, and Every Thing On It, has created a poetry collection that is outrageously funny and deeply profound. Come in...for where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein's world begins. This special edition contains 12 extra poems. 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 stretches the bounds of imagination and will be cherished by readers of all ages. This is a collection that belongs on everyone's bookshelf. Makes a great gift for special occasions such as holidays, birthdays, and graduation. And don't miss Runny Babbit Returns, coming in fall 2017!
ISBN: 0060572345
UPC: 884365429405

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amazon logo Shel Was One Cool Dude....
I started reading this and other of Shel Silverstein's books when I was about four or five and to this day I have never "outgrown" him. I mean, who can? His rhymes and poems, songs and riddles, they all work for everybody with half a degree of imagination. The most cursory read of Where The Sidewalk Ends will show you not only how good/funny/imaginative/likable/silly/deep Silverstein is (sigh, was...) but you'll catch on to why he was so darn cool. This man was close personal friends with Roman Catholic Cardinals, hippies, rabbis, other poets, songwriters, and no less an icon than Hef, himself. (Shel practically lived the whole 1970's at the Playboy Mansion.) A little known fact is, Shel Silverstein even wrote a little song for his buddy Johnny Cash called "A Boy Named Sue". Ever heard of it? And of everything Shel wrote, the many books out there, I think this one MIGHT just be his best.

Or, wait...no, maybe it's The Light In The Attic.

No, no....maybe it's actually The Giving Tree....

Maybe? Maybe it was Falling Up?

I can never decide. One thing I do know and that's Where The Sidewalk Ends is Silverstein at his most awesome!
59 of 61 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo How about a peanut butter sandwich?
When Dr. Seuss died in the early 90s, it seemed as if the entire country went into mourning. I had fond memories of Dr. Seuss too, and I WANTED to be as broken up as everyone else was. But honestly, I wasn't.

Then, in 1998 or 1999, I got an email saying that Shel Silverstein died and it hit home. I realized what all those Seussers had gone thru. I think I know why I felt as I did:

Seuss was Cat In The Hat, was the Grinch frustrated by the happy townspeople who need neither feasts nor possessions, but only love to be joyous. That's swell, and admirable, but to me those books were almost boring.

Uncle Shelby's world was dark and exciting. One could fly or not take a bath for months or be stupidly stubborn enough to eat nothing but PB sandwiches. In Silverstein's world, monsters not only existed, but would EAT YOU if you weren't careful. It was full of the things that my dreams were made of, full of giddiness and dread, full of dark things that glittered expectantly in the moonlight, like diamonds...or like fangs.

Perhaps you have to be the right kind of person. Like how some people who worship Looney Tunes look down in realistic, anarchic contempt at the saccharine world created by Walter Disney.

It's an aesthetic, an aggressive hope, an adventurous fear. A world the enchanted don't want to grow out of.
25 of 37 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo where the sidewalk ends 30th annivsary edition
It is a fantastic book it is one of the funniest books I read. The pictures are great to the one's they just add are the best. The book seems a little thick to some people but it so good you read it fast. Hear is one poem that I like( this is called boa constrictor oh, I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor, a Boa Constrictor, a Boa Constrictor, I'm being eaten by a Boa Constrictor, and I don't like it --- one bit. Well, what do you know? It's nibbling' my toe. Oh, gee, it's up to my knee. Oh my, it's up to my thigh. Oh, fiddle, it's up to my middle. Oh, heck, it's up to my neck. Oh, dread, its upmmmmmmmmmmffffffffff...)
15 of 22 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo W E L O V E T H I S B O O K !!!!!!
I love this book!! My sister loves it too. It's because it IS a masterpiece and will forever remain one. Silverstein's rhymes and poems, songs and riddles -- they all work for everybody with half a degree of imagination. Another great book that I got as a birthday gift is Why Some Cats are Rascals, Book 2". I found it much more interesting than Book 1
12 of 13 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Socrates would love this book.
Socrates, Montaigne, Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Descartes, and

Popper would have loved this book, and my adult children

still do.
9 of 13 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Where The Sidewalk Ends
This book was very enjoyable. It made me laugh out loud. My favorite is Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would not take the Garbage Out! I really recommend it for everyone!
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo A MUST!
Every child should experience the genius of Shel Silverstein. His poems "speak" to children, and adults alike. To this day, this is one of our now 18-year-old son's favorite books!
10 of 12 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Mary Johnson's Review
I loved this book. I had to read it for summer reading and I had never read poetry. Made me laugh out loud! My favorite is about taking out the Garbage! Funny funny book!
6 of 10 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Where the Sidewalk Ends
I don't really like poetry that much but this book made me look at poetry differently. I especially liked the poems "Invitation", "Sarah Sylvia Synthia Stout Would not Take the Garbage Out" and "Ickle me Tickle me Pickle me Too." All of these poems are hilarious favorites and I think other kids will like them too! If you're looking for a book of funny poems, I highly recommend this book.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Great poetry for kids
This is a wonderful way to introduce children to poetry. My 7 year old daughter received this book for Christmas and instantly became a poet herself. We all really appreciate the humor and whimsy of these wonderful poems.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful.

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