A Light in the Attic: 20th Anniversary Edition with CD

A Light in the Attic: 20th Anniversary Edition with CD

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by Shel Silverstein
     
 

Last night while I lay thinking here
Some Whatifs crawled inside my ear
And pranced and partied all night long
And sang their same old Whatif song:

Whatif I flunk that test?
Whatif green hair grows on my chest?
Whatif nobody likes me?
Whatif a bolt of lightning strikes me?...

To celebrate its 20th

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Overview

Last night while I lay thinking here
Some Whatifs crawled inside my ear
And pranced and partied all night long
And sang their same old Whatif song:

Whatif I flunk that test?
Whatif green hair grows on my chest?
Whatif nobody likes me?
Whatif a bolt of lightning strikes me?...

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Shel Silverstein's A Light in the Attic is now available in a special edition containing the classic hardcover book and a CD of highlights from his Grammy Award-winning album.

Here in the attic of Shel Silverstein you will find Backward Bill, Sour Face Ann, the Meehoo with an Exactlywatt, and the Polar Bear in the Frigidaire. You will talk with Broiled Face, and find out what happens when Somebody steals your knees, you get caught by the Quick-Digesting Gink, a Mountain snores, and They Put a Brassiere on the Camel.

From the creator of the beloved poetry collections Where the Sidewalk Ends and Falling Up, here is another wondrous book of poems and drawings.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Most of us grew up listening to our teachers or our parents reading to us from Shel Silverstein's poetry collections A Light in the Attic, Where the Sidewalk Ends, or The Giving Tree and loved every humorous moment of them. The only thing better than listening was to hear them and look at the illustrations Silverstein provided for each poem. In this 20th anniversary edition of A Light in the Attic, a new generation of readers is provided the additional joy of listening to Silverstein read—with great enthusiasm—eleven of his personal favorites from the collection. From the woes of homework to the practicalities of the best way to get out of doing the dishes; from the joy of imagining oneself in a rock and roll band to the amazing abilities of the Twistable, Turnable Man; young and "young-at-heart" readers alike will find themselves laughing at or nodding with the charming characters found in Silverstein's poetry. This collection has been and continues to be a "must-use" book for teachers working with students of any age to encourage or reinforce a love of poetry. 2001 (orig. 1981), HarperCollins, $22.95 and $17.89. Ages All. Reviewer: Jean Boreen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780066236179
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/28/2001
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
140,648
Product dimensions:
6.75(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.89(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Prayer of the Selfish Child

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep,
And if I die before I wake,
I pray the Lord my toys to break.
So none of the other kids can use 'em. . . .
Amen.

From A LIGHT IN THE ATTIC by Shel Silverstein © 1981 by Shel Silverstein. Used by permission of HarperCollins Publishers.

Meet the Author

Shel Silverstein 's incomparable career as a bestselling children's book author and illustrator began with Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back. He is also the creator of picture books including A Giraffe and a Half, Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?, The Missing Piece, The Missing Piece Meets the Big O, and the perennial favorite The Giving Tree, as well as classic poetry collections such as Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Every Thing On It, Don't Bump the Glump!, and Runny Babbit.

Shel Silverstein 's incomparable career as a bestselling children's book author and illustrator began with Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back. He is also the creator of picture books including A Giraffe and a Half, Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?, The Missing Piece, The Missing Piece Meets the Big O, and the perennial favorite The Giving Tree, as well as classic poetry collections such as Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Every Thing On It, Don't Bump the Glump!, and Runny Babbit.

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Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 25, 1930
Date of Death:
May 10, 1999
Place of Birth:
Chicago, Illinois
Place of Death:
Key West, Florida
Education:
Chicago School of Fine Arts; University of Illinois (no degree)
Website:
http://www.shelsilverstein.com

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A Light in the Attic Book and CD [With CD] 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why can't we get this for the nook.  Where the sidwalk ends too.  Books are too big for my hands to hold comfortably.
sleuthnik More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my first grandson. It was a favorite with my sons when they were children so it was a great tradition to carry on. Shel Silverstein is a great writer of children's books and poetry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Light in the attic is a book that seems like a children’s book but it was designed for all reading levels. Silverstein presents obvious lessons to small children through humor and the use of imagination, but he sneaks in life lessons for those who can make a connection from his poems to the real world. For example in the poem Ticklish Tom, Tom is so ticklish that whoever tickles him he rolls further and further away until he rolls onto train tracks and is hit by a train. To a child, one might think that the lesson is just not to be as ticklish. But to a person who can recognize metaphors one might think that when Silverstein refers to tickling he really means say bullying, or hazing, or something to that effect. And at the end he refers to Tom being hit by a train and I think that means that despite all the running Tom did from being tickled it eventually killed him, and I think that this means that you can’t keep running from your problems and that eventually you have to stand up to them or it will eventually kill you. This is just one of the many poems that have a deeper meaning behind them that Silverstein designed to force you to look deeper into the poem and left the poem open for interpretation. Another one of those poems is “The Nailbiter”. In “The Nailbiter” Silverstein describes one experience of a guy who bites his nails. The guy starts off by saying that other people trim their nails differently but he bites his off completely. And the ending line of the poem is “Remember, I have never ever scratched a single soul.” It is this line that gives this poem a deeper meaning to it. I think that the nailbiter is a person who is afraid to let anyone get too close to him and because of this he bites off his “nails” or anyone close to him before he can scratch them. The last poem that I’m going to talk about and the one that I find that has the biggest hidden meaning is “Captain Blackbeard Did What?” This poem depicts how the famous pirate Captain Blackbeard has shaved off his beard entirely, and how no one respects him anymore. I believe that this is Silverstein’s way of saying that society is afraid of change in their environment. Blackbeard’s crew was so used to his beard that they laughed at him when they saw that he shaved it. This poem also says that anything Blackbeard did wasn’t as scary or feared now as it was beard just because his beard was gone. These are only three poems out of the many, many poems in this book Silverstein may have hidden a deeper more sophisticated life lesson in, and I have enjoyed analyzing and laughing at all of them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I still remember hearing these poems read and sung on cassette 20 years ago in 3rd grade! The way they read and sing the poems is wonderful! Such fun poems; Shel Silverstein never disappoints!
DavidCEA More than 1 year ago
This is a great book to read. The poems are funny, silly, shorts and interesting. Perfect for all ages! I would recommend all kids to read this book with your families.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book. Actually, I like the whole set. Once again, a VERY good book!