Don't Bump the Glump!: And Other Fantasies

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It's a zoo in here!

Have you ever . . .
Seen a Gritchen in your kitchen?
Dared to dance with the One-Legged Zantz?
Declined to dine with the Glub-Toothed Sline?

You haven't? Well then, step inside—but only if you are ready to be amazed, tickled, astonished, and entertained by this most unusual bestiary of ...

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Overview

It's a zoo in here!

Have you ever . . .
Seen a Gritchen in your kitchen?
Dared to dance with the One-Legged Zantz?
Declined to dine with the Glub-Toothed Sline?

You haven't? Well then, step inside—but only if you are ready to be amazed, tickled, astonished, and entertained by this most unusual bestiary of silly and scary creatures.

Shel Silverstein combined his unique imagination and bold brand of humor for his first poetry collection—the only one he illustrated in full color. Now celebrating fifty years, Don't Bump the Glump! and Other Fantasies was originally published in 1964, the same year as his most famous picture book, The Giving Tree.

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In his 1964 Don't Bump the Glump and Other Fantasies, author/illustrator Shel Silverstein introduced readers to a menagerie of imaginary creatures, including the Tongue-Twisted Rubber-Necked Byilliar, the Humplebacked Mo, and the Gorp-Eating Kallikozilliar. For unfathomable reasons, this illustrated poetry collection was somehow allowed to go out of print, causing avid fans to resort to used bookstores and acts of grand larceny. This colorful edition of Silverstein's first verse collection promises to lift the spirits of bedtime story aficionados of every age.
Publishers Weekly

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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Children's Literature - Carly Reagan
It is not hard to understand how Shel Silverstein wrote many successful children's poetry books once you read this, his first poetry collection, published all the way back in 1964. The "Glump" is just one of many creatures that Silverstein creates in a charming, whimsical, and humorous collection of short (sometimes just two lines long) poems. Other creatures, such as the cowardly "Slurm" and the terribly aggressive "Gru" are brought to life with Silverstein's clever word play and simple, solitary watercolor illustrations. Reminiscent of the types of doodles a child might do to alleviate boredom during classes, Silverstein's creatures are uncomplicated, yet fantastical, all in one. Along with his other poetry collections, such as the very popular Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic, this is a lovely addition to the English teacher's classroom for all ages. Teachers can use his writing to teach reading and the appreciation of good writing, or to encourage older students to do their own creative writing, as there are very few pesky literary rules and guidelines which apply to fantastical literature such as this. Reviewer: Carly Reagan
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061493386
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/18/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 143,494
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Shel Silverstein

Shel Silverstein is the author-artist of many beloved books of prose and poetry. He was a cartoonist, playwright, poet, performer, recording artist, and Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated songwriter.

Shel Silverstein is the author-artist of many beloved books of prose and poetry. He was a cartoonist, playwright, poet, performer, recording artist, and Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated songwriter.

Biography

If there is such a thing as a "bad boy of children's literature," it would have to be Shel Silverstein. Though often compared to Dr. Seuss for his ability to blend humor and nonsense into irresistible rhymes, Silverstein also ventured into macabre territory that the good Doctor wouldn't have touched with a ten-foot Sneetch. Silverstein broached such unsavory topics as nose-picking, the consumption of children, and winds so strong they could decapitate a man right out from under his hat.

It's a testament to Silverstein's abilities as a cartoonist and storyteller that he was able to endow such subjects with just the right silliness and humor, endearing him to both children and adults. In collections such as the classic Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, and Falling Up, Silverstein makes poems into page-turners -- aided in no small part by his grungy, whimsical black-and-white drawings. He also displays a tenderhearted understanding for kids' fears and peccadilloes; one poem in A Light in the Attic, for example, all but endorses nailbiting: "It's a nasty habit, but ... I have never ever scratched a single soul."

A lifelong writer and illustrator, Silverstein had been a cartoonist for an army newspaper in Korea in the 1950s, and then a contributor to magazines. Like many succesful writers for children, Silverstein never planned to author children's books. Ironically, his first attempt at the genre -- the book that established the one-time Playboy cartoonist as a school library fixture -- is something of an anomaly in his ouevre: The Giving Tree. This bittersweet story of a tree that ultimately sacrifices itself -- down to the stump -- to the boy she loves over the course of his life was initially rejected by Silverstein's editor. Of course, it has gone on to be a great, if sentimental, success. But it was Where the Sidewalk Ends, Silverstein's straightforward collection of crooked poems, that cemented his place as a must-read for the young and young at heart. Silverstein bristled at comparisons to fellow "nonsense poet" Edward Lear, preferring instead to cite his former teacher, Robert Cosbey, as an influence.

It's worth looking at some of Silverstein's less well-known picture books, such as Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros? and Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back, as examples of how funny (and how subversive) Silverstein could be. In Lafcadio, the ultimate anti-hunting story, a lion learns to become such a good marksman that he provides "hunter rugs" for his fellow lions and ends up touring as a celebrity. Lafcadio soon gets bored with his opulent life, and what used to be thrilling no longer is: "This morning I went up and down in the elevator 1,423 times," he cries at one point. "IT'S OLD STUFF!"

In later years, Silverstein turned more attention to dramatic writing. Titles such as The Lady and the Tiger, Wild Life and The Devil and Billy Markham were produced with varying degrees of success, and some are still being staged by small theater groups. Silverstein also wrote a well-received screenplay, Things Change, with pal David Mamet in 1988.

Still, Silverstein's poetry is what remains his most popular contribution. His verse gave kids permission to be a little grown-up for a while, and (just as importantly) let adults experience the not-always-simple perspective of children.

Good To Know

Silverstein was a soldier in the U.S. Army in Japan and Korea in the '50s and drew cartoons for Stars and Stripes, the American military publication. His next cartooning gig was for Playboy.

Silverstein wrote several songs. His country-western song "A Boy Named Sue" was a hit for Johnny Cash in 1969. His song for Postcards From the Edge, "I'm Checkin' Out," was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Sheldon Allan Silverstein (full name)
      Shel Silverstein
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 25, 1930
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chicago, Illinois
    1. Date of Death:
      May 10, 1999
    2. Place of Death:
      Key West, Florida

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  • Posted October 30, 2008

    Recommend for older children

    I like the idea of making up stuff to get lessons across to children but not a book for babies. ( our son is only one years old.) Nice book to get kids thinking and just for fun.

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    Posted April 10, 2008

    Long Time Ago

    I read this book when I was a little girl. I'm 47 now. I CAN'T BELIEVE this book is still OUT.

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