From the Publisher
"Last night while I lay thinking here
Some Whatifs crawled inside my ear
And pranced and partied all night long
And sang their same old Whatif song:
Whatif I flunk that test?
Whatif green hair grows on my chest?
Whatif nobody likes me?
Whatif a bolt of lightning strikes me?...
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Shel Silverstein''s "A Light
in the Attic" is now available in a special edition containing the
classic hardcover book and a CD of highlights from his Grammy
Here in the attic of Shel Silverstein you will find Backward
Bill, Sour Face Ann, the Meehoo with an Exactlywatt, and the Polar
Bear in the Frigidaire. You will talk with Broiled Face, and find
out what happens when Somebody steals your knees, you get caught by
the Quick-Digesting Gink, a Mountain snores, and They Put a
Brassiere on the Camel.
From the creator of the beloved poetry collections "Where the
Sidewalk Ends" and "Falling Up," here is another wondrous book of
poems and drawings.
About the Author
The most popular current writer of humorous verse for children, Silverstein was born in Chicago, Illinois, has been married and divorced, has one daughter, and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. His career includes composing popular songs, drawing cartoons, writing many adult articles (several for Playboy), and acting. However, he is best known for his self-illustrated children's poetry. His first such book was Uncle Shelby's Story of Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back (1963), the humorous tale of a lion who turns the tables on hunters. It was followed by The Giving Tree (1964), a story of a parentlike tree that gives endlessly and is endlessly used by its son. Several other such picture books followed, including The Missing Piece (1976), about a circle that goes in search of a missing piece, and its sequel, The Missing Piece Meets the Big O (1981). However, two collections of poetry are probably his best-loved work: Where the Sidewalk Ends: The Poems and Drawings of Shel Silverstein (1974), and A Light in the Attic (1981). All of Silverstein's poetry for children employs the language play common to Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear. Silverstein is probably the best of the contemporary nonsense poets for children.
Published: September 27, 2001
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers