A spider lives inside my head Who weaves a strange and wondrous web Of silken threads and silver strings To catch all sorts of flying things,
Like crumbs of thought and bits of smiles And specks of dried-up tears,
And dust of dreams that catch and cling For years and years and years . . .
Have you ever read a book with everything on it? Well, here it is, an amazing collection of never-before-published poems and drawings from the creator of Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, and Falling Up. You will say Hi-ho for the toilet troll, get tongue-tied with Stick-a-Tongue-Out-Sid, play a highly unusual horn, and experience the joys of growing down.
What's that? You have a case of the Lovetobutcants? Impossible! Just come on in and let the magic of Shel Silverstein bend your brain and open your heart.
I read Silverstein’s first book, Where The Sidewalk Ends, when it was first published. I was fascinated, and even memorized some of my favorites (like Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take The Garbage Out—love it!). When A Light In The Attic and Falling Up came out, I snatched up those books and devoured them, too. But they didn’t have the magic that Where The Sidewalk Ends had. I’m not sure why, or even what was missing, but something was definitely missing.
When Every Thing On It appeared on the shelves, I was skeptical. Still, I got this book for my boys this past Christmas and we’ve been reading it out loud off and on. Let me just say that the magic is back! There are some poems that make me laugh out loud, like I Didn’t, Dumb, and The One Who Invented Trick Or Treat. This book is chock full of fun.
My kids are having the same experience I had as a kid, and have marked their favorite poems. They’ve even memorized a few. It warms my heart. :)
So, if you liked Where The Sidewalk Ends, you’ll love Every Thing On It.