Shel Silverstein was a cartoonist, playwright, poet, performer, recording artist, and songwriter. He is best known for his beloved and iconic books of prose and poetry for young readers, including the award-winning books The Giving Tree, Where the Sidewalk Ends, and A Light in the Attic.
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GARBAGE SOUP RECIPE
From A Light in the Attic Special Edition by Shel Silverstein
How do we make a garbage soup?
A little glop, a little goop,
A cup of slop, a quart of bunk,
Then half a tablespoon of gunk,
A pinch of grit, a dash of grime,
A half a skuzz, a squeeze of slime.
Aha — it shall be ready soon
Did you bring your bowl?
Did you bring your spoon?
Poem and art © 2009 Evil Eye, LLC. All rights reserved.
Shel Silverstein was born on September 25, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois and began writing and drawing at a young age. He became a cartoonist, playwright, poet, performer, recording artist, and Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated songwriter.
Silverstein is best known as the author of iconic books of prose and poetry for young readers. His works include such modern classics as Lafcadio: The Lion Who Shot Back, The Giving Tree, A Giraffe and a Half, The Missing Piece, and The Missing Piece Meets the Big O. His immensely popular poetry collections are Where the Sidewalk Ends, a 1974 Michigan Young Readers Award winner; A Light in the Attic, recipient of the School Library Journal Best Books Award in 1982; Falling Up; and Don't Bump the Glump! and Other Fantasies, which was originally published in 1963 and reissued in 2008. Runny Babbit, a posthumous poetry collection of spoonerisms, was conceived and completed before he died in 1999.
Silverstein's books, which he also illustrated, are characterized by a deft mixing of the sly and the serious, the macabre, and the just plain silly. His unique imagination and bold brand of humor is beloved by countless adults and children throughout the world.
Books by Shel Silverstein
Say the name "Shel Silverstein" aloud and adults and children alike think of clever poems with comic line drawings and lots of laughs. You know that when you pick up a book by this writer and poet you're in good hands. Find familiar and less familiar books on this list — and celebrate language, poetry, and an astute creator of books for children of all ages.
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Photo of Shel Silverstein by Larry Moyer.