This 40th anniversary special edition of Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein (The Giving Tree, A Light in the Attic) features twelve poems that were not included in the original poetry book. These extra poems include such titles as “The Truth about Turtles,” “Oops!,” and “Naked Hippo.”
Covered with a new silver dust jacket, this book has fun rhyming poems like “Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me Too” and “Boa Constrictor” (often acted out and sung at camps and storytimes). Characters like Hector the Collector, Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout and the sister who’s for sale stay with readers forever.
Unlike his first collection of poetry about monsters, which has colored illustrations, these poems are accompanied by expressive black and white drawings. They are fun to recite aloud—
Spaghetti, spaghetti, all over the place/
Up to my elbows—up to my face/
Over the carpet and under the chairs/
Into the hammock and wound round the stairs/
Filling the bathtub and covering the desk/
Making the sofa a mad mushy mess
A long time ago, when the earth was green/ I was read quite a few poems during my school years, but it’s poems from this book I remember the most fondly.
And there was more kinds of animals than you’ve ever seen