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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.”
What about Shel Silverstein isn't wonderful and fun? I am so glad I was able to send one last volume of his work to my grandchildren.Published 24 days ago by burketeacher
my grandkids love this book and all other books by this author. I am seeking to complete the collection of titles from this author.Published 2 months ago by david cadena
It's nice to have one last Shel Silverstein children's book, but there's a reason why he never published these poems in his lifetime. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michael Weinstein
Best one for us Dirty Face.
Classic Shell Silverstein. A great collection of rhymes and nods to childhood. My kids love it.
Let me start by saying I love Shel Silverstein. My kids have many of his poems memorized and I find his books delightful... until now. Read morePublished 4 months ago by M. Wright
Like most of the other Shel Silverstein books, this one does NOT disappoint. Fun, freaky tales that are enjoyed by all!Published 5 months ago by Erik Therme (author of Mortom)