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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.”
I love Shel Silverstein, I have almost all of his books and I'm trying to collect everyone of themPublished 7 days ago by DALINA K BECK
he never missed whether it was kids stories, adult story or a song!Published 9 days ago by SheilaDone
Love anything written by Shel Silverstein & my ten year old granddaughter loved it.Published 13 days ago by Madeleine M. Koeppen
Love Shel Silverstein's books. Every one of them! Kids and adults can all get a chuckle out of his verses.Published 1 month ago by Diane M. Evans
This was a birthday gift for my 12 year old granddaughter. She has her nose in a book every minute she gets, just like her gram used to be as a kid. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Linda A. Depetris