From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Back in 1964—the same year that his Giving Tree
Silverstein's first poetry collection appeared; it was also his only children's book to contain full-color art. Reissued in a slightly larger trim size, this collection of 45 poems tours readers past imaginary creatures, beginning with a being that looks remarkably like a fedora but for the jaw subtly poking below one side of the brim and the four tiny feet beneath: This is the Quick-Disguising Ginnit./ Didn't he have you fooled for a minute? There's no question that the intensity of Silverstein's watercolor palette adds to the fun: the gradations in the hat, for example, distract from the ginnit details; more typically, they supply a punch that complements the puckish but simple shapes of Silverstein's silly beasts (The Pointy-Peaked Pavarius,/ A creature most gregarious,/ Who's never taken serious,/ Poor thing). Silly doesn't mean unsophisticated, by the way: most of the work was first published in Playboy
. All ages. (Mar.)
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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.