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Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings (40th Anniversary Edition) (Hardcover) by Shel Silverstein

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By the early 1970s, the outlandish, outrageous Shel Silverstein was already a prolific folksinger/songwriter, cartoonist, and author of a widely known, much discussed classic children's book, THE GIVING TREE. His popular 1973 album, FREAKIN' AT THE FREAKERS BALL, with Dr. Hook and the Medicine Band, contained a song about Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout, a little girl who would appear again the following year in a book of groundbreaking kids' verses. This collection, WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS, forever changed the staid world of American children's poetry, which had previously clung to strict poetic forms, and socially acceptable topics. SIDEWALK turned everything upside down with an unnerving exploration and celebration of the many gross, embarrassing, and disturbing topics that fascinate kids. Enhanced by his exaggerated, whimsical B&W line drawings, Shel Silverstein's approach to accidents, bad behavior, death, childhood fears, and of course, nose-picking, is playful, filled with hilarious and often light-hearted humor. From the preposterous "Melinda Mae," in which a little girl takes 89 years to eat a whale, to the moralistic "Jimmy Jet and His TV Set," about a boy who watches so much television that he turns into one, children are showcased in all their manifold glory. Anyone who grew up in the 1970s is bound to be familiar with the infamous burial of Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout, who absolutely refused to take out the garbage. A complete disregard for what adults consider appropriate for children makes these poems eternally endearing.

Including 12 New Poems!

If you are a dreamer, come in,
If you are a dreamer,
A wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er,
A magic bean buyer . . .

Come in . . . for where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein's world begins. You'll meet a boy who turns into a TV set, and a girl who eats a whale. The Unicorn and the Bloath live there, and so does Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout who will not take the garbage out. It is a place where you wash your shadow and plant diamond gardens, a place where shoes fly, sisters are auctioned off, and crocodiles go to the dentist.

Shel Silverstein's masterful collection of poems and drawings is at once outrageously funny and profound.

Edition: Anniversary
Number of Pages: 192
Genre: Humor, Juvenile Nonfiction, Poetry
Sub-Genre: Poetry / Humorous
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Age Range: 9-12 years
Author: Shel Silverstein
Language: English
Street Date: February 1, 2004
TCIN: 11319443
UPC: 490590326732
Item Number (DPCI): 059-03-2673
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Very nicgift book for kids of all ages

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reviba 1 month ago
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This book is a classic of children's literature. It is one that can be enjoyed by younger kids, as well as older. Great book at a great price.
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starla 5 months ago
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I've loved Shel Silverstein for as long as I can remember and this is my favorite book! I bought it for a baby shower that asked for books instead of cards... It'll be something she can enjoy for years to come!
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momof4 9 months ago
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Bought for my 8 year old son. He loves the book. After reading a few stories at school he wouldn't stop talking about Shel Silverstien. Will be buying more.
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Poems and More

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Awesome read 1 year ago
Gave this Book to my Great Niece - 7 years old she was absorbed in the Book immediately!! Best Book for Children -- a must have. Highly recommended. Imaginative, creative and educational !!!
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Where the sidewalk ends

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Bernadette 1 year ago
Another wonderful book for children of all ages! My granddaughter loves reading this book before bed with her daddy. She thinks its really funny!
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A Must Have

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Nana 2 years ago
This is one of the best poetry books for kids. I'm a grandmother and got it to read to my grandkids. My boys love it even now as adults. Shel Silverstein is great!!!see moreof the reviewer's review
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Absolutely no complaints.

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Bobeena 2 years ago
I read this book in 4th Grade. Now I can reado it to my children. My 3 year old LOVES the poem!!!see moreof the reviewer's review
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wonderful

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pleased 8 years ago
this book is a really funny book. great for children,for class,something for homework,somtng other to do then online,all ages can read it or be read to.nothing boring and it will be pleasing i promise you.
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