Reviews for Where the Sidewalk Ends : Poems and Drawings


Publishers Weekly Reviews 2004 March #2
The classic Where the Sidewalk Ends: 30th Anniversary Special Edition by Shel Silverstein is reissued with 12 new poems that were not part of the original. Joining Hector the Collector, Ridiculous Rose and the Glurpy Slurpy Skakagrall ("Who's standing right behind you") are new poems including "Mr. Grumpledump's Song" ("Everything's wrong,/ Days are too long,/ Sunshine's too hot,/ Wind is too strong") and "The Unfunny Jester" ("The jester did a funny leap,/ The prince and princess fell asleep"). (Feb.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2015 January

K Up--Several classic tales from Silverstein are celebrating anniversaries, most notably The Giving Tree, still popular at 50. Though this spare but tender allegory for the parent/child relationship still occupies a celebrated place on bookshelves, it's a divisive title, with some critics finding the boy selfish and narcissistic and others even positing that the work represents our destructive relationship with nature. Other new releases employ Silverstein's trademark humor, such as Lafcadio, a laugh-out-loud tale of a sharpshooting lion, now in its 50th year. Dreamers, wishers, liars, hope-ers, pray-ers, and magic bean buyers are in for a treat: Where the Sidewalk Ends, Silverstein's funny, lyrical, and downright bizarre poetry collection, turns 40, and this newest edition contains 12 extra poems. At 50, A Giraffe and a Half and Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros? have yet to show their age; these picture books are ridiculous in all the best ways. Finally, meet the Wild Gazite, the Pointy-Peaked Pavarius, and the Long-Necked Preposterous, in Don't Bump the Glump!: And Other Fantasies, Silverstein's first poetry collection--and the only one in full color--whose arresting wordplay and images are wonderfully disconcerting.

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