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Falling Up by [Shel Silverstein]

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

All the things that children loved about A Light in the Attic and Where the Sidewalk Ends can be found in abundance in this eclectic volume, Silverstein's first book of poetry in 20 years. By turns cheeky and clever and often darkly subversive, the poems are vintage Silverstein, presented in a black-and-white format that duplicates his earlier books. Like Roald Dahl, Silverstein's cartoons and poems are humorously seditious, often giving voice to a child's desire to be empowered or to retaliate for perceived injustice: one child character wields a "Remote-a-Dad" that will instantly control his father, and another dreams of his teachers becoming his students so that when they talk or laugh in class, he can "pinch 'em 'til they [cry]." The poems focus on the unexpected-a piglet receives a "people-back ride" and Medusa's snake-hair argues about whether to be coifed in cornrows or bangs. Sometimes the art traffics in gross-out, as when William Tell gets an arrow through his forehead or a cartoon character sticks carrots in his sockets because he's heard that carrots are good for his eyes. Although some parents and teachers may cringe at such touches, Silverstein's anti-establishment humor percolates as he lampoons conventions (the stork not only brings babies but "comes and gets the older folks/ When it's their time to go"), or discards decorum (a small gardener zips up his pants after watering the plants "that way"). No matter that the author's rhythms and rhymes can be sloppy, or that his annoying insistence on leavin' off the endin' to his ING's seems artificially folksy, Silverstein's ability to see the world from, as he says, "a different angle" will undoubtedly earn this book a wide audience. All ages.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

From the Back Cover

With twelve never-before-published poems and drawings, here is a special edition of this beloved poetry collection. Now there is even more to love in this timeless fan favorite.

Millie McDeevit screamed a scream
So loud it made her eyebrows steam.
She screamed so loud
her jawbone broke,
Her tongue caught fire,
her nostrils smoked. . . .

Poor Screamin' Millie is just one of the unforgettable characters in this wondrous book of poems and drawings by the creator of Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, and Every Thing On It. Here you will also meet Allison Beals and her twenty-five eels; Danny O'Dare, the dancin' bear; the Human Balloon; and Headphone Harold.

So come, wander through the Nose Garden, ride the Little Hoarse, eat in the Strange Restaurant, and let the magic of Shel Silverstein open your eyes and tickle your mind.

--This text refers to the library edition.

Product details

  • Publication Date : October 20, 2020
  • Word Wise : Not Enabled
  • Print Length : 184 pages
  • Publisher : HarperCollins; Illustrated Edition (October 20, 2020)
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B0847PHCQH
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Not Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.9 out of 5 stars 1,183 ratings