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A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

A Light in the Attic (1981)

by Shel Silverstein

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I love this book of poems. The illustrations are different, and simple. There is no color used in the illustrations in this book. All of the poems are written creatively, enforcing children to use their imagination. I love how the author uses creative words to represent real concepts or real thoughts. For example in one of the poems Silversteen talks about the creatures “Whatifs”. These whatifs crawl into his ear and represent all of the “What if” questions a reader might really think about at night. This makes the poem truly relatable for young readers. The main purpose of this book is to introduce young readers to creative poetry. ( )
  jsanfi1 | Mar 30, 2014 |
"A Light in the Attic" is a book of funny short poems. Most of these poems are accompanied by illustrations as well. What I like most about the book is the tone of the book. One of my favorite poems has always been "My Guitar", in this poem Silverstein explains that he wishes his guitar could play itself. I think this poem truly describes the tone of this book, humorous. Not only are the poems silly, but the illustrations are as well. To accompany "My Guitar" is an illustration of a guitar with a face and hands playing itself. ( )
  CatherineWillett | Mar 24, 2014 |
This is a classic poetry book by legendary childrens author Shel Silverstein. Littered with simple and artful illustrations, this book is often clever and always funny. Excellent for reading out loud for groups and a wonderful introduction for children into the world of poetry.

I read this book many, many years ago when I was in school and I always loved the clever and funny terns in the poems, especially paired with the illustrations that are purely Silverstein. I really enjoyed revisiting this book and Silverstein's wonderful and funny imagination. The poems are short, clever, and just the right tenor for young readers. ( )
  abrial2433 | Mar 18, 2014 |
Another great poetry book by Shel Silverstein in which you can expect the same creative, imaginative, and humorous poems. This poetry book has great illustrations and even better poems and could also be used to introduce poetry as another example. This book is suitable for the grades 2-4 and the theme could be poetry. ( )
  dylrmstd | Dec 10, 2013 |
Collection of short poems
  shaemakay | Dec 8, 2013 |
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Mr. Silverstein's work remains a must for lovers of good verse for children. Quite like nobody else, he is still a master of delectable outrage and the proprietor of a surprisingly finely tuned sensibility.

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There's a light on in the attic.
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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, and find out what happens when Somebody steals your knees, you get caught by the Quick-Digesting Gink, a Mountain snores, and They 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. (CHARLES DUFF REVIEW BELOW) This eclectic collection of children’s poems with exaggerated accompanying sketches makes for an entertaining book. The poems are relatively short, varying between a few sentences and two pages, are in a narrative style. They are humorous and offer up a terrific way to get kids generally interest in poetry. School Library Media Specialists can use this book during book talks as an independent reading book. It's an appropriate book to introduce in the later elementary grades and even into middle school. Shel Silversteins website offers games and additional education resources for teachers and kids: http://www.shelsilverstein.com/indexS...
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