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Don't Bump the Glump!: And Other Fantasies Hardcover – February 18, 2014
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Most of the poems are illustrated with wonderfully loose pen-and-ink drawings swirled with watercolors. The translucent paint looks wet; you can see brush strokes and places where the colors have seeped together. Often the paint doesn't stay inside the line. In fact, I don't think it ever does. But then, I guess when you're painting a Glump, a certain looseness is appropriate.
My favorite poem here:
The Slithergadee has crawled out of the sea.
He may catch all the others, but he won't catch me.
No you won't catch me, old Slithergadee,
You may catch all the others, but you wo---
What makes Silverstein's books so wonderful is the playful use of language in a poetical environment. My youngest daughter put many of Silverstein's poems to memory and impressed those around her when she would take to reciting.
Don't Bump the Glump deserves to be in every childs bedroom.
Peace to all.
His books are usually suggested for children. I don't agree. Most young children don't get the full picture of the wit and skill of this writer. Kids will like the pictures and the rhymes but there is an exceptional form of humor that takes older youth to adults to fully appreciate. So, it's one for the whole family, but Dad and Mom, reading to the kids, will laugh loudest and longest.
I was unaware that the collection in this book originally appeared in Playboy Magazine. Don't worry--all is safe for any age. It does explain why reading this to grandchildren, nieces and nephews, produces pure fun--but again, the adult reader is the winner. If a word didn't work, the author created a new one. Creatures have names that came more from rhyming need than description--his watercolor/pen images are beyond word description.
Wait till you see the expression on the face of the LONG-NECKED PREPOSTEROUS. Ever seen a GRU, GLEECH, GUMPLEGUTCH, GAZITE, or a GREEL. And the expression on the face of the Tiny-Toed Flustering Phant (Shel Silverstein calls it a snob but asks not to repeat that) is priceless.
Yes, this is a delightful short book for all ages to get a taste of Silverstein. Then move on to "Runny Babbit", the author's final book, published posthumously. It's another "KIDS" book that will actually be enjoyed by an adult reader more than the child. Honest!
And if, when it's time----Shel's line end's don't rhyme----It just perfectly fine----Shel Silverstein will just add something goofy and silly and make you laugh again and again, just like the last page.
A great GIFT BOOK for any age, any time.
This new edition is beautifully printed with clear reproductions of the water color monsters that accompany each piece of poetry. It's even better than I remember it.
Even though these aren't completely friendly monsters, ALL children love the silly names and the poetry that makes them think. From the silly Crawfee fish to the invisible Muffer, there's a character for everyone.
As a youngster I've read and recited these poems to rooms full of 9 and 10 year olds, who love to hear the silliness and wonder at those pictures. The poems excite their imagination and make them want to learn these so they can recite them to other friends.
I'd recommend the book to anyone, especially if you love limericks and other funny poems.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Silverstein has done better work. My expectations are pretty high. On the other hand, the child I selected it for loves it!Published 2 months ago by Caprice Becker
I purchase this book over and over again as I do with all Shel Silverstein's books. They are all wonderful! I began to appreciate Shel when my daughter was 5. Read morePublished 4 months ago by magic
The book is fabulous, just as weird as I had hoped, but it did not come with a dust jacket. Otherwise in good condition.Published 4 months ago by D. Standish
Stimulates kids' imagination with all the different possibilities.Published 5 months ago by Rami H. Rajeh
My grandkids LOVE Shel Silverstein and so do I! His imagination and creativity were amazing. Children's literature lost a great mind when he left us..Published 6 months ago by Sewbusy
I love Shel Silverstein and Don't Bump the Glump does not disappoint. Short little poems that are a great way to introduce your little ones to poetry. Plus, it's just fun to say!!Published 9 months ago by SadesMom
Bday gift for grandson the end of the month. He's probably tired of getting books from Nana.Published 11 months ago by Bonnie J. Howell
Bought as a gift, but I did read enough to know that it is another great book by Shel Siverstein.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer