A Boy Named Shel: The Life and Times of Shel Silverstein

A Boy Named Shel: The Life and Times of Shel Silverstein

by Lisa Rogak
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A Boy Named Shel: The Life and Times of Shel Silverstein by Lisa Rogak

Few authors are as beloved as Shel Silverstein. His inimitable drawings and comic poems have become the bedtime staples of millions of children and their parents, but few readers know much about the man behind that wild-eyed, bearded face peering out from the backs of dust jackets.

In A Boy Named Shel, Lisa Rogak tells the full story of a life as antic and adventurous as any of his creations. A man with an incurable case of wanderlust, Shel kept homes on both coasts and many places in between---and enjoyed regular stays in the Playboy Mansion. Everywhere he went he charmed neighbors, made countless friends, and romanced almost as many women with his unstoppable energy and never-ending wit.

His boundless creativity brought him fame and fortune---neither of which changed his down-to-earth way of life---and his children's books sold millions of copies. But he was much more than "just" a children's writer. He collaborated with anyone who crossed his path, and found success in a wider range of genres than most artists could ever hope to master. He penned hit songs like "A Boy Named Sue" and "The Unicorn." He drew cartoons for Stars&Stripes and got his big break with Playboy. He wrote experimental plays and collaborated on scripts with David Mamet. With a seemingly unending stream of fresh ideas, he worked compulsively and enthusiastically on a wide array of projects up until his death, in 1999.

Drawing on wide-ranging interviews and in-depth research, Rogak gives fans a warm, enlightening portrait of an artist whose imaginative spirit created the poems, songs, and drawings that have touched the lives of so many children---and adults.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429980562
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 11/13/2007
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 995 KB

About the Author

Lisa Rogak is the author of more than forty books. Her most recent biography was The Man Behind the Da Vinci Code: An Unauthorized Biography of Dan Brown. She lives in New Hampshire.


LISA ROGAK is author of The Dogs of War: The Courage, Love, and Loyalty of Military Working Dogs as well as the Edgar- and Anthony-nominated Haunted Heart: The Life and Times of Stephen King and editor of The New York Times-bestselling Barack Obama in His Own Words.

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Boy Named Shel: The Life and Times of Shel Silverstein 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Hannah Whitworth More than 1 year ago
We wamt Shel Silvertein's POEMS! Like the books Where the Sidewal Ends, Falling Up, Light in the Attic. Or hos stories like The Giving Tree or The Missing Piece. Please let us be able to download them!
OffKilTr More than 1 year ago
The reviews on here aren't helpful for consumers looking to purchase this biography. Whether or not a book is available for the nook is generally up to the publisher. Not Barnes and Noble. In fact, users can go to the book they are looking for on the B&N website and click a link that requests the nook version become available through the publisher. There are a number of ways to air your grievances. The review section of Siverstein's bio isn't one. Furthermore, Shel Silverstein was very particular about how his books were published. He has involved in picking out the paper, the material for the cover, and even the fonts. Prior to his death his work was available almost exclusively in hardcover. Truth is, he would probably not be a fan of the nook as a format to deliver his work. Let's stop demanding free poems. And please, stop using this review process as a means to gripe to Barnes and Noble about their failure as a retailer when they have nothing to do with it. You all owe Lisa Rogak and Barnes and Noble an apology.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love his books such as: a pizza as big as the sun, when the sidewalk ends, falling up, a light in the attic, ect they really should put them on =]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nearly all of the reviews of this book here are worthless and off-topic, and I have flagged them as such. Did any of you even READ this book, before you decided to spew? Shel was an interesting person (did any of you know that he was a jazz musician, and a country music songwriter, as well as a children's poet?) If you want his peoms, here's a clue: go to a Barnes & Noble STORE and BUY them! You can them all there -- I did. And while you're there, ask the friendly B&N sftaff to explain the meaning of BOOK REVIEW to you. I'm guessing that you will probably be surprised.
Bookishjen2013 10 months ago
As a child I adored Shel Silverstein’s books, The Giving Tree and Where the Sidewalk Ends, among others having a special place in my heart. In fact, I think I treasure them now more than I did when I was a little girl. I always had an inkling Silverstein did more than write children’s books and my inkling proved true when I read Lisa Rogak’s biography A Boy Named Shel. To call Silverstein a Renaissance man is putting it mildly. Not only was he a prolific children’s author, he was also a cartoonist, singer/songwriter, screenwriter and playwright. He also led a rather interesting personal life. All of this living in one life should have made A Boy Named Shel a scintillating read; but as I kept reading this book, especially as I neared the end, I found myself bored. Rogak writing style is dull and lacks a certain punch that keeps you wanting to learn more and more. She is way too repetitive and dry, which I soon found rather insulting to Silverstein’s legendary legacy and his output as a truly original artist that entertained audiences for decades and continues to entertain nearly twenty years after Silverstein’s death. Perhaps, this book would have served better as an article. In the end I just mourned that Silverstein never wrote his own memoir. Now that would have been a book. Read my full review at the Book Self: https://thebookselfblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/book-review-a-boy-named-shel-by-lisa-rogak/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm sure this book is good but his poems are great. And by the way, The Giving Tree is available as an ebook and I have had it on mine for months. And I have his cd as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These remarks are ridiculous. They have nothing to do with the biography, which I am currently reading. And by the way, if you think Shel was nothing but a writer of children's books, I suggest you go on youtube and listen to him sing some of his songs, like I Got Stoned And I Missed It, or Piece Of Mind. Or dig up and old issue of Playboy Magazine, where he was on staff as a cartoonist for years.
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COOL I JUST WISH THEY WOULD TELL U MORE ABOUT THE BOOK THAN SAYING THIS IS BIOGRAPHY I MEAN REALLY !!!OH AND ALSO NEVER READ THE REVEIWS BY PUBLIC THEY JUST SAY IF THEY LIKE IT OR NOT BUT ON ETITORS THEY GIVE U MORE INFO + I BET THE RESON WHY SHEIL DID NOT PUT ANY OTHER BOOKS OVER ON NOOK IS THAT HE DIED BEFORE NOOK CAME OUT SO HE PROBALLY DID NOT GIVE THEM PERMISION TO BUY HIS BOOKS !!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please i want his poems for FREE!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love his poetry and my favorite is the giving tree!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would buy Where the Sidewalk Ends right now, if it were available! Loved it when I was a kid and I would love to share it with my children!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think the consumers have spoken...we want some poems please :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree comment 19. I want
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shel Silverstein is a good author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where is the rest ex. The giving tree, where the sidewalsk ends, falling up and many many more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have 2 of his books, everything on it and a light in the attic, i can relate to him because when there's nothing to do i sit down and read about 3 novels on average. (Im also a science nerd)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This dud has gota to get major makeover he scares mw
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have a dream that one day shel silversteens poems will be on nook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why on earth can we get an biography about a poet but none of his poems?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We want poems plz thx!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poems not auto