Top positive review
A great book to encourage children's love of reading
Reviewed in the United States on March 17, 2018
If your child resists reading and you are having a difficult time finding books that pique his or her interest, I implore you to give Shel Silverstein a try. He is one of those rare and gifted children's book authors who truly understands the odd, amazing and ever-so-fleeting world that children inhabit. His writing speaks directly to children with incredible wit, hilarity, wisdom and absurdity. He explores their dreams, hopes, fears and apprehensions through delightful metaphor, and without a drop of condescension (which children absolutely detest, and can usually smell from a mile away).
From my own experience, I despaired that my 3rd grade daughter would ever pick up a book and read it cover-to-cover without the looming threat of punishment. But when I introduced her to Shel Silverstein's "A Light in the Attic" she took to it immediately. For the first time ever, I caught her up reading past her bed time and sneaking a book under her coat so she could read it in the car. She read "A Light in the Attic" it over and over. We soon purchased Shel Silverstein's other books, including "Falling Up", and my daughter loved them all.
Most importantly, Shel Silverstein helped my daughter realize that reading can be fun and exciting, that it can inspire creativity, and that it can offer a window into other worlds and shared human experiences. Although she remains somewhat selective (in a way that I approve of - I don't expect her to like every book she is given, I certainly don't), my daughter has developed what I am confidant will be a life-long love of reading. And I thank the late Mr. Silverstein for the role he played in that!