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Q: What was the first book you worked with Shel Silverstein on?
Markiet: The first book was The Missing Piece in 1976. I was the assistant to his editor at that time, Edite Kroll. Was I lucky!
Q: What was his creative process like and how did you two work together?
Markiet: I remember most clearly that Shel was meticulous in every aspect of a book... the trim size, the paper, the binding and of course, the contents. No piece of the whole was too small to consider carefully. He looked at every spread to be sure art and text were positioned the best way possible. And, he considered every word and expression until it, and the whole text, was just right. I learned how a book is made in the best possible way.
Q: Shel passed away in 1999 but more than ten years later you’re publishing Every Thing On It, which includes tons of his never-before-seen poems and drawings. Can you tell us how this project came to be?Markiet: Over the years, Shel continued to write and draw and work on poems. He left a rich archive of finished material. In the past few years, the Silverstein family has allowed us to unveil some of these in special editions of both Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic. The response was so amazing that the family felt it was now the right time to publish this book.
Q: What is your favorite poem from Every Thing On It?
Markiet: This is an almost impossible question to answer but if pressed, I will say “Mer-Maid.”
These books are so fun to read. Lots of laughs and learning. My 9 yr old grandson loves these and so do I. If you love Dr. Seuss, you wil fall in love with Shel Silverstein.Published 6 days ago by Paula Chapel
I first received where the sideway ends as a young girl and have been a huge fan ever since. I was so delighted to find a recent published book I didn't realize was out there. Read morePublished 1 month ago by heather liles
Excellent book! A great addition to anyone that is a fan of humor, poetry, or Shel Silverstein.Published 1 month ago by Felicia Milledge
Shel Silverstein... what could be wrong? Its a great book.Published 1 month ago by Crates Excavating
My 9 year old girl loves Shell Silverstein and this book is no exception.Published 3 months ago by J. Weber