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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.”
LOVE Shel Silverstein. He did it again! One of my daughter's favorite books.Published 7 days ago by Amy Llyn Kelly
I was skeptical about this posthumously published volume but was so pleased to find it as enjoyable as all his previous work. The last poem always makes me a little misty!Published 1 month ago by EyreAffair
Loved this book as a kid, bought the books to share with my family. Deliver was within specified timePublished 1 month ago by Nicole Maestas
Great book. My grandson who is 6 read it by himself. Loves the books!!Published 1 month ago by THOMAS BRAXMEIER