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Falling Up Hardcover – January 24, 2006
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I can't say enough about this book. The first time I read it, I had histerical fits - some of the poems/drawings are just so cleverly ridiculous!
The "Horn Book" review above is way off base. I found Silverstein's previous collections less clever, less consistant in meter, and actually more bizzare. After going back and reading his earlier works, I assumed he'd settled down a bit in his old age. I think the reviewer (if they even read the whole book) was comparing their experience with their memory of encountering his earlier works for the first time.
I think Silverstein's poems are so unexpected that the first book you read becomes your favorite, and all others fail to measure up. A family friend swore we would like "Where the Sidewalk Ends" better, and my mother felt the same about "A Light in the Attic". WRONG - after a week or so of each, we were ready to trade back and read some more "Falling Up".
"Falling Up" is definitely our family's favorite, so if you get only one of the three collections, I recommend you make it this one.
Is full of witty and whimsical rhymes,
Page after page, line after line,
From rainbow beauty to slippery slime,
Shel's poetry settles into your mind,
Making you laugh, time after time,
No matter your age, they read fine,
A book so great I plan to share mine.
Beverly J Scott author of Jena's Choice
This book will appeal to the child and inner-child alike.
Regarding age, this book like: "Where the Sidewalk Ends" and "A Light in the Attic", knows no boundries.
In addition to being a poet, Shel Silverstien is an accomplished cartoonist, playwrite and lyricist.
Mr. Silverstein played a big part in the early career of Dr. Hook, writing such hits as "The Freaker's Ball", "Cover of the Rolling Stone" and many others.
The popular country classic "One's on the Way" by Loretta Lynn was penned by Shel Silverstein.
The Irish Rover's signature song "The Unicorn" was also written by Silverstein and can be found in "Where the Sidewalk Ends".
If the author is Shel Silverstein, you can't miss, as the copy within is sure to be a hit!
First point though--in the fifteen years separating "A Light in the Attic" and "Falling Up", Shel wasn't exactly silent. He only wrote nine plays, a screenplay with David Mamet, co-wrote the score to "Postcards on the Edge", and wrote most of the lyrics for the Bob Gibson Album "Making a Mess of Commercial Success". Just so you all would know :-)
To the people who criticize Shel for possibly misusing the English language just to make a rhyme, well, it's not like it hasn't been done before, folks. Look at E.Y. Harburg's lyrics for a previous example, and that didn't stop *him* from being an acclaimed lyricist. Besides, the device still works.
The poems and drawings certainly made me laugh aloud; however, I must admit that the work is slightly inferior to his earlier books of poetry. Although I wonder--was I the only person who noticed that the poem about the "Gnome and the Gnu" was pilfered to a great degree from the breezily little nonsense song "I'm a Gnu" by Flanders & Swann? But it's a minor quibble.
In any case, these poems will certainly appeal to children of all ages. And here's hoping that the big kids will get a treat of their own in the form of more offerings from the adult side of Shel Silverstein.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The best , I have a copy of all his books...Got this one for my bother and 5 yr old niece ..,..(read to my son years ago)..... Read morePublished 2 days ago by diana morgan
Bought this for one grandson and his brother (a little older) really enjoyed the humor (puns) in the book. So, I guess it is a double hit.Published 2 days ago by Opinionated
This was much appreciated gift to my 7 year old grandson who likes to read the poems while under his covers with a flashlight.Published 18 days ago by Susan Liberantowski
Husband got several shel Silverstein books for our daughters first Christmas. They both love reading these books.Published 1 month ago by Brittney Klein