Wednesday, January 5, 2011

a light in the attic

A Light in the Attic
Shel Silverstein

Synopsis from Goodreads:  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, find out what happens when Somebody steals your knees, get caught by the Quick-Digesting Gink, hear a Mountain snore, and see Them 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.

What I think: I loved reading this collection of poetry when I was a kid.  Not only did I have the book, I also had a tape of Shel Silverstein reciting his work.  I think he's a brilliant writer and performer.  My very favorite poem from the collection is called "Clarence".  This poem is about a little boy who sells his parents at a garage sale and buys a new set of parents from a TV commercial.  Shel Silverstein's voice is just right when he reads this poem aloud.  I also remember enjoying a poem called "Ladies First" about a bossy girl name Pamela Purse who gets eaten by a cannibal known as "Fry-'Em-Up Dan".


  1. i remember you reciting the poem Clarence and how much you loved it. Wonderful that you can go back to old favorites and they can still bring the kind of happiness that comes from being bran new.

  2. A Light in the Attic and Where the Sidewalk Ends never left my side from '87-'89. Good times. :) xo t