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Don't Bump the Glump!: And Other Fantasies Hardcover – February 18, 2014
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Back in 1964—the same year that his Giving Tree was published—Silverstein's first poetry collection appeared; it was also his only children's book to contain full-color art. Reissued in a slightly larger trim size, this collection of 45 poems tours readers past imaginary creatures, beginning with a being that looks remarkably like a fedora but for the jaw subtly poking below one side of the brim and the four tiny feet beneath: This is the Quick-Disguising Ginnit./ Didn't he have you fooled for a minute? There's no question that the intensity of Silverstein's watercolor palette adds to the fun: the gradations in the hat, for example, distract from the ginnit details; more typically, they supply a punch that complements the puckish but simple shapes of Silverstein's silly beasts (The Pointy-Peaked Pavarius,/ A creature most gregarious,/ Who's never taken serious,/ Poor thing). Silly doesn't mean unsophisticated, by the way: most of the work was first published in Playboy. All ages. (Mar.)
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From School Library Journal
K Up—Several classic tales from Silverstein are celebrating anniversaries, most notably The Giving Tree, still popular at 50. Though this spare but tender allegory for the parent/child relationship still occupies a celebrated place on bookshelves, it's a divisive title, with some critics finding the boy selfish and narcissistic and others even positing that the work represents our destructive relationship with nature. Other new releases employ Silverstein's trademark humor, such as Lafcadio, a laugh-out-loud tale of a sharpshooting lion, now in its 50th year. Dreamers, wishers, liars, hope-ers, pray-ers, and magic bean buyers are in for a treat: Where the Sidewalk Ends, Silverstein's funny, lyrical, and downright bizarre poetry collection, turns 40, and this newest edition contains 12 extra poems. At 50, A Giraffe and a Half and Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros? have yet to show their age; these picture books are ridiculous in all the best ways. Finally, meet the Wild Gazite, the Pointy-Peaked Pavarius, and the Long-Necked Preposterous, in Don't Bump the Glump!: And Other Fantasies, Silverstein's first poetry collection—and the only one in full color—whose arresting wordplay and images are wonderfully disconcerting.
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His books are usually suggested for children. I don't agree. Most young children don't get the full picture of the wit and skill of this writer. Kids will like the pictures and the rhymes but there is an exceptional form of humor that takes older youth to adults to fully appreciate. So, it's one for the whole family, but Dad and Mom, reading to the kids, will laugh loudest and longest.
I was unaware that the collection in this book originally appeared in Playboy Magazine. Don't worry--all is safe for any age. It does explain why reading this to grandchildren, nieces and nephews, produces pure fun--but again, the adult reader is the winner. If a word didn't work, the author created a new one. Creatures have names that came more from rhyming need than description--his watercolor/pen images are beyond word description.
Wait till you see the expression on the face of the LONG-NECKED PREPOSTEROUS. Ever seen a GRU, GLEECH, GUMPLEGUTCH, GAZITE, or a GREEL. And the expression on the face of the Tiny-Toed Flustering Phant (Shel Silverstein calls it a snob but asks not to repeat that) is priceless.
Yes, this is a delightful short book for all ages to get a taste of Silverstein. Then move on to "Runny Babbit", the author's final book, published posthumously. It's another "KIDS" book that will actually be enjoyed by an adult reader more than the child. Honest!
And if, when it's time----Shel's line end's don't rhyme----It just perfectly fine----Shel Silverstein will just add something goofy and silly and make you laugh again and again, just like the last page.
A great GIFT BOOK for any age, any time.
I had heard of this book and decided to purchase it and donate it to a non-profit organization for their fundraiser. Sharing books for me either in reading to my children and grandchildren or giving them away as gifts is something that brings me joy.