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A Light in the Attic Hardcover – August 9, 2005

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For over 20 years, kids and kids at heart have giggled at the jumbled, goofy nonsense poems of Shel Silverstein. And now, lucky readers can listen to his mad meanderings as well with this 20th anniversary edition of A Light in the Attic, which includes a CD read by the author himself. Eleven classics, including "Twistable, Turnable Man," "The Dragon of Grindly Grun," "Prehistoric," and "Backward Bill" are performed by the late virtuoso of verse, while the tremendously popular book contains every one of the original poems that made Silverstein's name a household word: "Poemsicle," "Hula Eel," "Standing Is Stupid," "Moon-Catchin' Net," "Meehoo with an Exactlywatt," and dozens upon dozens more. Silverstein's amusing, cartoonish line drawings are every bit as familiar and beloved to readers as his poems. Gone, but not forgotten, the creator of the irresistible poetry collections Where the Sidewalk Ends and Falling Up, left an indelible mark on children's poetry. (All ages) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Adventures Of A Frisbee
Almost Perfect
Always Sprinkle Pepper
Anchored
Anteater
Arrows
Ations
Backward Bill
Batty
Bear In There
Blame
Bored
Buckin' Bronco
Captain Blackbeard Did What
Catching
Channels
Clarence
The Climbers
Cloony The Clown
Come Skating
Crowded Tub
Day After Halloween
Deaf Donald
Dinner Guest
Dog's Day
The Dragon Of Grindly Grun
Eight Balloons
Examination
Fancy Dive
Fear
The Fly Is In
Friendship
Frozen Dream
God's Wheel
Gooloo
Gumeye Ball
Hammock
Have Fun
Headache
Here Comes
Hiccup Cure
Hinges
Hippo's Hope
Hitting
Homework Malchine
Hot Dog
How Many, How Much
How Not To Have To Dry The Dishes
How To Make A Swing With No Rope Or Board Or Nails
Hula Eel
Hurk
If
Importnt?
In Search Of Cinderella
It's All The Same To The Clam
It's Hot
Kidnapped
Ladies First
A Light In The Attic
Little Abigail And The Beautiful Pony
The Little Boy And The Old Man
Longmobile
The Lost Cat
Magic Carpet
The Man In The Iron Pail Mask
The Meehoo With An Exactlywatt
Memorizin' Mo
Messy Room
Monsters I've Met
Moon-catchin' Net
Mr. Smeds And Mr. Spats
My Guitar
The Nailbiter
Never
Nobody
The Oak And The Rose
One Two
Outside Or Underneath
Overdues
The Painter
Peckin'
Picture Puzzle Piece
Picture Puzzle Piece
Pie Problem
The Pirate
Play Ball
Poemsicle
Prayer Of The Selfish Child
Prehistoric
Push Button
Put Something In
Quick Trip
Reflection
Rhino Pen
Rock 'n' Roll Band
Rockabye
Senses
Shadow Race
Shaking
Shapes
She Wanted To Play The Piano
Signals
The Sitter
Skin Stealer
Snake Problem
Snap
Somebody Has To
Something Missing
Sour Face Ann
Spelling Bee
Squishy Touch
Standing Is Stupid
Stop Thief
Strange Wind
Superstitious
Surprise
Suspense
The Sword-swallower
They've Put A Brassiere On The Camel
This Bridge
Thumb Face
Ticklish Tom
Tired
The Toad And The Kangaroo
Tryin' On Clothes
Turtle
Tusk, Tusk
Twistable, Turnable Man
Union For Children's Rights
Unscratchable Itch
Wavy
What Did?
Whatif
Who Ordered The Broiled Face
Wild Strawberries
Zebra Question
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Lexile Measure: NP (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060256737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060256739
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (470 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
If you don't remember these rhymes from your childhood, then it's about time you visited the attic, "A Light in the Attic," that is. Silverstein combines humorous sketches, whimsical poetry and fanciful word play in another amusing collection. "Where the Sidewalk Ends" will always be my favorite, but poems like "Spelling Bee," "Deaf Donald," "Nobody" and "Little Abigail and the Beautiful Pony" definately make "A Light in the Attic" a close runner-up.
If you know Silverstein's work, then you are familiar with his simple rhyming style. His flair for combining drawings and words make for a book that's much more than just a collection of poetry. His poems are an experience that would be diminished without the visual aspect.
Silverstein's collections are great for all ages. I read them as a kid, but I enjoy them just as much now. Silverstein has the soul of a child, but the wit of a sage.
"The saddest thing I ever did see
Was a woodpecker peckin' at a plastic tree.
He looks at me, and 'Friend,' says he,
'Things ain't as sweet as they used to be.'"
-Shel Silverstein page 83
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Silverstein is our favorite author of children's books. He is just perfect! In fact his works are as good for the parents as for their children. Whichever Silverstein's book I bought for any of my five children (each one of them has his own Silverstein), we have ALL read them. That includes my children, myself, and even sometimes my husband. "Light in the Attic" is no exception to that rule. I think that all of Shel's books are equally good. Check also Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook, A Giraffe and a Half, Where the Sidewalk Ends 30th Anniversary Edition: Poems and Drawings. If you are a loving mother that wants to see smile on your child's face, give him Silverstein - it's children's literature classic and a safe bet. A recent discovery for me is Boszenna Nowiki and her series Why Some Cats are Rascals, Book 1, Why Some Cats are Rascals, Book 2, Why Some Cats are Rascals ( Book 3) with some very touching stories of speaking cats...
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Format: Hardcover
This poem book is the best yet, I have never read any poems as funny as the ones Shel Silverstein writes."A Light in the Attic" is a book for people of all ages.The whole class of seventh graders enjoyed it.We were laughing our heads out when we heard the poem,"Standing is Stupid".I recomend this book to anyone who is having a bad day and wants a moment of happiness!
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Twenty years after I read this book, I still have "The Sitter", "Crowded Tub", and "Shaking" memorized. The CD with Shel Silverstein reading his work is priceless and his voice makes me laugh and cry with delight. (He's still at the top of my list of people who should've had the chance to grow old!)

This is a great book to give to anyone and everyone on your list...for ANY occasion.
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A Kid's Review on January 26, 2006
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My name is Jazmin. I'm a third grader in Salton City, California. I think The Light in the Attic is a great book. My favorite poems are Deaf Donald and the Lost Cat. It's a great book because of the pictures and the words in the poems and I hope all of you people buy this book and read it because it's a beautiful book.
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Shel silverstein is one of the reasons I was first in love with poetry. His straightforward, ridiculous, and endearing style is something I will never forget. He has a knack for knowing how to get a childs attention, and sometimes pass a message along without it seeming like a message at all. Not to mention the illustrations alone make each poem come to life in their own way. This is a great book for kids to read on their own because its easy and doesnt have any concepts that are too hard and all the material is relatable to a child. Its also great for a story time because it is so easy to animate the stories and characters in the poems to make it entertaining. A must have for all grade school teachers, and parents who enjoy reading to their children.

The nostalgia factor alone will have you feeling like your a kid again if you read it as a child.
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Shel Silverstein does it again. This time with "A Light in the Attic". A great compelation of poems that will have you laughing throughout the day. When I first picked this book up, I couldn't put it down for its gripping the reader techniques with such humorous poems. With characters in his poems ranging from any animal to any human, this book definitely has variety. I love the way Shel is able to rhyme things together and come up with such great stories in his poems......this is very evident in this book.
Most of th peoms run about half a page, some long, some short. All of course, though, have humor and really show the work put in to them. This poem book is one of Silverstein's finest and deserves some sort of award.
I want to thank Shel Silverstein for creating such a wonderful poem book and such great ideas that make you want to read the whole book in one sitting. That would definitely take time though it would be worth it.
As you can see, I really recommend anyone of any age buying this book so they can enjoy it as much as I did. Thank you for reading my review and have a nice day!!
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