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The most popular current writer of humorous verse for children, Shel Silverstein was born in Chicago, Illinois, has been married and divorced, has one daughter, and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. His career includes composing popular songs, drawing cartoons, writing many adult articles (several for Playboy), and acting. However, he is best known for his self-illustrated children's poetry. His first such book was Uncle Shelby's Story of Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back (1963), the humorous tale of a lion who turns the tables on hunters. It was followed by The Giving Tree (1964), a story of a parentlike tree that gives endlessly and is endlessly used by its son. Several other such picture books followed, including The Missing Piece (1976), about a circle that goes in search of a missing piece, and its sequel, The Missing Piece Meets the Big O (1981). However, two collections of poetry are probably his best-loved work: Where the Sidewalk Ends: The Poems and Drawings of Shel Silverstein (1974), and A Light in the Attic (1981). All of Silverstein's poetry for children employs the language play common to Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear. Silverstein is probably the best of the contemporary nonsense poets for children. (Bowker Author Biography)
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The Giving Tree 15,976 copies, 972 reviews
Falling Up: Poems and Drawings 6,762 copies, 197 reviews
Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook 2,077 copies, 68 reviews
The Missing Piece 1,903 copies, 49 reviews
A Giraffe and a Half 1,482 copies, 55 reviews
Every Thing On It 1,220 copies, 78 reviews
The Missing Piece Meets the Big O 1,052 copies, 23 reviews
Lafcadio, The Lion Who Shot Back 868 copies, 10 reviews
My Dog Does My Homework! 671 copies, 5 reviews
Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros? 626 copies, 28 reviews
Arbor Alma/the Giving Tree 231 copies, 2 reviews
Draw a Skinny Elephant 42 copies, 1 review
Shel's Shorts 22 copies, 1 review
Take Ten 7 copies
Falling up (Audio) 5 copies, 2 reviews
The Unicorn 2 copies
Pancake? 1 copy
My Enemy 1 copy
For Rachel 1 copy
Snowball 1 copy
Top Cat 1 copy
The Enemy 1 copy
Free to Be... You and Me (Contributor) 432 copies, 7 reviews
Beware!: R.L. Stine Picks His Favorite Scary Stories (Contributor) 189 copies, 4 reviews
The Best American Mystery Stories 2000 (Contributor) 129 copies, 3 reviews
Murder for Love (Contributor) 81 copies
Laugh Lines: Short Comic Plays (Contributor) 46 copies
The Signet Book of Short Plays (Contributor) 27 copies
Report from Practically Nowhere (Illustrator) 17 copies, 3 reviews
Playboy Magazine ~ May 1963 (Contributor) 2 copies

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