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5.0 out of 5 stars Shel Was One Cool Dude...., September 8, 2005
This review is from: Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings (Hardcover)
I started reading this and other of Shel Silverstein's books when I was about four or five and to this day I have never "outgrown" him. I mean, who can? His rhymes and poems, songs and riddles, they all work for everybody with half a degree of imagination. The most cursory read of Where The Sidewalk Ends will show you not only how good/funny/imaginative/likable/silly/deep Silverstein is (sigh, was...) but you'll catch on to why he was so darn cool. This man was close personal friends with Roman Catholic Cardinals, hippies, rabbis, other poets, songwriters, and no less an icon than Hef, himself. (Shel practically lived the whole 1970's at the Playboy Mansion.) A little known fact is, Shel Silverstein even wrote a little song for his buddy Johnny Cash called "A Boy Named Sue". Ever heard of it? And of everything Shel wrote, the many books out there, I think this one MIGHT just be his best.

Or, wait...no, maybe it's The Light In The Attic.

No, no....maybe it's actually The Giving Tree....

Maybe? Maybe it was Falling Up?

I can never decide. One thing I do know and that's Where The Sidewalk Ends is Silverstein at his most awesome!
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Initial post: Dec 28, 2008 12:28:10 PM PST
Is there a poem from Shel Silverstein about the sound a stick makes (rickety tickety) as it moves across a fence? If not Shel, do you know of a poet that wrote such a poem? If so, in what book would I find it?
Thanks for any help.
Mary

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 25, 2010 7:36:48 PM PDT
the gunner says:
rikkity tikkity tin is a song

Posted on Aug 15, 2010 8:22:14 AM PDT
Bravo!!!! No one could have better stated the genius that was Shel..."Thanks", she says with a smile on her face.

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Posted on Feb 22, 2014 1:02:58 PM PST
I can not think of another like Silverstein but I also like this new author's way with words. The Secret of Santa's Songbird
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