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Shel Silverstein (1930–1999)

Author of The Giving Tree

112+ Works 74,198 Members 2,574 Reviews 154 Favorited

About the Author

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 show more (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) show less

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Works by Shel Silverstein

The Giving Tree (1964) 19,114 copies, 1,016 reviews
Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings (1974) 16,031 copies, 477 reviews
A Light in the Attic: Poems and Drawings (1981) 10,796 copies, 204 reviews
Falling Up: Poems and Drawings (1996) 7,984 copies, 197 reviews
Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook (2005) 2,537 copies, 69 reviews
The Missing Piece (1976) 2,262 copies, 56 reviews
A Giraffe and a Half (1964) — Cover artist, some editions; Illustrator — 1,815 copies, 56 reviews
Every Thing On It (2011) 1,596 copies, 79 reviews
The Missing Piece Meets the Big O (1981) 1,250 copies, 24 reviews
Lafcadio, The Lion Who Shot Back (1963) 1,026 copies, 10 reviews
Don't Bump the Glump!: And Other Fantasies (1964) 745 copies, 30 reviews
Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros? (1964) 724 copies, 29 reviews
Arbor Alma/the Giving Tree (2002) 241 copies, 2 reviews
Runny Babbit Returns: Another Billy Sook (2017) 233 copies, 6 reviews
Different Dances 25th Anniversary Edition (1979) 195 copies, 4 reviews
Falling Up Special Edition: With 12 New Poems (2015) 138 copies, 2 reviews
Where the Sidewalk Ends / Every Thing On It (2016) 111 copies, 2 reviews
Playboy's Silverstein Around the World (2007) 68 copies, 2 reviews
Shel Silverstein: Poems and Drawings: Slipcase 3-Book Box Set (1974) — Author — 68 copies, 1 review
Draw a Skinny Elephant (1999) 44 copies, 1 review
Shel's Shorts (2003) 29 copies, 1 review
Where the sidewalk ends 15 copies, 1 review
Playboy's Teevee Jeebies (1963) 11 copies
Now Heres My Pln P (1690) 10 copies
Take Ten (1955) 9 copies
Grab Your Socks! (1956) 8 copies
Falling up (Audio) 5 copies, 2 reviews
Best of Shel Silverstein (2005) 4 copies
The Smoke-Off 2 copies
My Enemy 2 copies
The Unicorn (1968) 2 copies
“Sick” 1 copy
Pancake? 1 copy
Songs and Stories (2003) 1 copy
Top Cat 1 copy
Inside Folk Songs (2008) 1 copy
The Enemy 1 copy
For Rachel 1 copy
Snowball 1 copy
New St. Nick 1 copy
The End 1 copy

Associated Works

My Dog Does My Homework! (2004) — Contributor — 890 copies, 5 reviews
Free to Be... You and Me (1974) — Contributor — 490 copies, 8 reviews
Beware! (2002) — Contributor — 233 copies, 6 reviews
The Best American Mystery Stories 2000 (2000) — Contributor — 141 copies, 3 reviews
6th Annual Edition: The Year's Best S-F (1961) — Illustrator — 125 copies
Murder for Love (1996) — Contributor — 93 copies
Good Morning To You, Valentine: Poems For Valentine's Day (1976) — Contributor — 71 copies, 5 reviews
Murder for Revenge (1998) — Contributor — 71 copies
Laugh Lines: Short Comic Plays (2007) — Contributor — 62 copies, 1 review
The Signet Book of Short Plays (2004) — Contributor — 28 copies
Monster Poems (1976) — Contributor — 24 copies
Report from Practically Nowhere (1959) — Illustrator — 18 copies, 3 reviews
Don Quixote [1972 album] (1972) — Composer — 11 copies
Playboy Magazine | May 1963 (1963) — Contributor — 3 copies
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 4, No. 2, October 1976 (1976) — Contributor — 3 copies
Playboy Magazine | October 1963 | Teddi Smith (1963) — Contributor — 3 copies
De krokodil met kiespijn en andere sprookjes (1996) — Author — 1 copy
Paradox, Dec. 1999 (1999) — Contributor — 1 copy

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Selfish asshole leeches off of a sentient tree who needs to get some boundaries
 
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CoffeeAndRamune | 1,015 other reviews | Jul 9, 2024 |
The Giving Tree Written by Shel Silverstein
 
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OmarAlKhaledMohammad | 1,015 other reviews | Jun 26, 2024 |
A young boy grows to manhood and old age experiencing the love and generosity of a tree which gives to him without thought of return.
 
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salem.colorado | 1,015 other reviews | Jun 22, 2024 |
In years to come, it may well be commonplace for students of literature to reflect on Shel Silverstein as one of America’s greatest 20th-century poets. All of his books are beloved and revered, but the style which makes them so is perhaps best exemplified in A Light in the Attic. While a surface-level reading—indeed, as most children approach Silverstein’s work—finds the short poems funny and madcap, it is their surprising depth which will ensure their longevity. Take, for example, the metaphysics of “Reflection” or the proverbial nature of the catch-22 situation presented in “Anchored.” The poems are short enough (some are no more than 3 lines) to be enjoyed by the youngest readers, but their poignant, sometimes haunting, complexity makes them life-long favorites.… (more)
 
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Works
112
Also by
22
Members
74,198
Popularity
#171
Rating
½ 4.3
Reviews
2,574
ISBNs
348
Languages
28
Favorited
154

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