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Different Dances 25th Anniversary Edition Hardcover – October 12, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 25 Anv edition (October 12, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060554304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060554309
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Shel Silverstein is the author-artist of many beloved books of prose and poetry. He was a cartoonist, playwright, poet, performer, recording artist, and Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated songwriter.


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"And now, children, your Uncle Shelby is going to tell you a story about a very strange lion- in fact, the strangest lion I have ever met." So begins Shel Silverstein's very first children's book, Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back. It's funny and sad and has made readers laugh and think since it was published in 1963. It was followed the next year by three more books. The first of them, The Giving Tree, is a moving story about the love of a tree for a boy. Shel returned to humor the same year with A Giraffe and a Half, delighting readers with a most riotous ending. The third book in 1964 was Uncle Shelby's Zoo Don't Bump the Glump! and Other Fantasies, Shel's first poetry collection, and his first and only book illustrated in full color. It combined his unique imagination and bold brand of humor in this collection of silly and scary creatures. Shel's second collection of poems and drawings, Where the Sidewalk Ends, was published in 1974. His recording of the poems won him a Grammy for best Children's Album. In this collection, Shel invited children to dream and dare to imagine the impossible, from a hippopotamus sandwich to the longest nose in the world. With his next collection of poems and drawings, A Light in the Attic, published in 1981, Shel asked his readers to turn the light on in their attics, to put something silly in the world, and not to be discouraged by the Whatifs. Instead he urged readers to catch the moon or invite a dinosaur to dinner- to have fun! A Light in the Attic was the first children's book to break onto the New York Times Bestseller List, where it stayed for a record-breaking 182 weeks. The last book that was published before his death in 1999 was Falling Up (1996). Like his other books, it is filled with unforgettable characters. Shel Silverstein's legacy continued with the release of a new work,Runny Babbit, the first posthumous publication conceived and completed before his death and released in March 2005. Witty and wondrous, Runny Babbit is a poetry collection of simple spoonerismsH, which twist the tongue and tease the mind. Don't Bump the Glump! And Other Fantasies was recently reissued in 2008 after being unavailable for over 30 years. Shel was always a believer in letting his work do the talking for him--few authors have ever done it better.

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Definitely a book for adults!
Co9 Mom
Something just 'clicked' in my mind a month ago, I went online and ordered a new copy...still the great satiral cartoons as I remembered!
michael howe
She manages to slip away from the one only to be attached again to a musician.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By wiredweird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on November 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
These simple drawings, one or just a few per page, are some of the funniest around. Some have a macabre side, but that is always used to make a point. Others seem to radiate quiet desperation. Still others comment on the compromises people make. Some do all of the above, and more.

There's no text in these drawings, or almost none. The style is spare, even more than in "Where the Sidewalk Ends." My only complaint, and this is a very quiet one, is that that most pages hold only one drawing, and that one is small. I'm used to a lot more density, but the open, airy pages do a good job of framing Silverstein's characters, or of echoing their isolation.

One more thing - unlike the better-known Silverstein books, this one is decidedly not for the kids.

//wiredweird
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lynn M. Schulte on February 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
i found my copy of this treasure in a used bookstore 20 years ago. when i took it to the register the clerk looked down at me and said "I wondered who would buy that thing." i can't believe how narrow minded he was! this book is the most clearly drawn picture of the human condition i have ever found. i took it to a pshych. class in college, highlighting some of my favorites. i had to bring back 3 night running because everyone wanted to read/see the whole thing. great extra credit points just for owning it. it is for adults and it will make you laugh, but it will also make you think. enjoy.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Molesworth on July 5, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Shel has taken his acerbic wit and marvelously torpedoed many of the adult social taboos in this wonderful PG-24 rated coffee table book. For those who only know him for his childrens' books, this will be as much of an eye-opening experience as losing one's virginity. He targets everything from blind adoration, to the pill, to suicide. For those lucky enough to have seen his recent plays, you will admire, chuckle at, and re-think your own beliefs about many important social issues...and all in rough line drawing. If you can find it, buy it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J.W.GORHAM on June 1, 2002
Format: Hardcover
My introduction to DIFFERENT DANCES was by way of a trash can. A good friend of mine had given his father a copy of DIFFERENT DANCES his immediate reaction upon opening it was "this is pornographic trash " He then put it into the garbage can . My friend ,being thrifty by nature and knowing that I appreciated both art and humor retrieved it from the trash and his father's trash became my most treasured Christmas gift of that Christmas and many more . Shel's mastery with a pen was unmatched whether he was commenting on "civilization"with words or pictures he ran the gamut from children's books ,Dr. Hook songs ,Playboy cartoons to Different Dances He was most definitley a MAN FOR ALL AGES. We'll miss you SHEL but we are richer due to your legacy,THANKS for showing us a little bit more of ourselves.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 2, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Rarely a single day goes by that I don't recall to mind one of the many incredible stories told in this amazing book through pictures. It has changed the way I look at the world over and over again. The last three years or so, I have been miserable without my copy as someone cold-heartedly stole the book from me. Not that I can blame them really, but I fail to believe someone could treasure this work as much as I ever did or will. If you are lucky enough to own a copy - hold it tight. Thank you Shel.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Helen Benson on April 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Our school library received this book through the school board's "approved" book list. Obviously, the author's name was enough for the reviewer to okay this title. Upon receiving the book, it was obvious that the list-maker at the school board had relied only on the Shel Silverstein name without actually opening the book for review. Although very cute for the 18+ age group, this is most certainly NOT a children's book. The grapic adult cartoons are funny if you are a "grown-up" but can give your children a crash course in sex-ed if you don't screen this book first. Funny for adults; not intended for children!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kelly at mainwil@jps.net on September 5, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I first found 'Different Dances' about 22 years ago when I was 15. I bought two copies and gave them as gifts because they said so much about humanity...and said it without words. My favorites are 'The Bridge' and the story of a woman chained and ignored by her mate hiding behind a newspaper. She manages to slip away from the one only to be attached again to a musician. I found that to be very eye opening for sure. I am in desparate need to find a copy for myself as the copies I bought long ago were given away as gifts. I have searched local and not-so-local book stores and have found none. Please readers, help me locate a copy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anne T. Simon on May 1, 2014
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This man, so gifted, had a dark view of male/female relationships; and, this book illustrates it perfectly! This is NOT - a coffee table item! Definitely not for children or teens, in my opinion....I don't think they'd get it anyway. But they would definitely know it was about relationships, including sex - in a strange way. As you can imagine a unique thinker like Silverstein might view something important in our lives, relationships. That said, it was different and insightful...for adults.
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