A Light in the Attic

A Light in the Attic

by Shel Silverstein

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Overview

From New York Times bestselling author Shel Silverstein, the creator of the beloved poetry collections Where the Sidewalk Ends, Falling Up, and Every Thing On It, comes an imaginative book of poems and drawings—a favorite of Shel Silverstein fans young and old.

A Light in the Attic delights with remarkable characters and hilariously profound poems in a collection readers will return to again and again.

Here in the attic 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.

Come on up to the attic of Shel Silverstein and let the light bring you home.

And don't miss The Giving Tree and Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein, also available as ebooks!

 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060256739
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/09/2005
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 8,975
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.94(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About 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.

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)

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Light in the Attic 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 151 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think a light in the attic is a great poetry book and Shel Silverstein is an awesome poet. His books are great for kids and really bring out your imagination. Shel¿s poems have many lessons in them but he shows them in a funny ways. For example in the poem ladies first there is a little girl that wants to be first at every thing then every one gets kidnapped and is going to be eaten by a cannibal named Fry-em up Dan and the little girl runs up and says ladies first. The lesson in this poem is to not always want to be first. My favorite poem is ¿Homework Machine¿ I think its funny how the kids spend so much time making a machine and when they try it doesn¿t work I think his illustrations go great with his poems. His illustrations show the funny things you would think of after reading his poem, for example in the poem ¿Wild Strawberries¿ his picture has a strawberry with big pointy teeth. I think A Light in the Attic and all the rest of Shel¿s poetry books and would recommend them to everybody.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A Light in the Attic is a great poetry book for young kids. It has great pictures to help young readers understand the poem. Poems by Shel Silverstein portray hidden messages and tell great stories. She uses a lot of ironic, clever ideas to describe what is happening in his poems. A good example of this is a poem called ¿Hammock¿ that tells the reader how a boy¿s grandma sends him a hammock and the good lord sends the breeze, but he only has on tree. The poem ¿Stop Thief¿ he uses the title of the poem so literally in the illustration about the poem. The picture shows amazed when somebody stole his knees, but he can¿t chase the guy who stole hi knees because he¿s afraid hi feet and legs just won¿t connect. The poem ¿Surprise¿ is about everywhere his grandpa goes he sends a different animal. Like his grandpa goes to Myrtle Beach and the boy gets a turtle. My favorite poem is called ¿Hiccup Cure¿ I like this poem because it says you have to do all this crazy stuff to get rid of the hiccups. When the person is done telling him what to do he still has the hiccups. While reading this poem I made a connection because I know a lot of people that get the hiccups and they bug them so much. I think kids will like this book even more if they have to do a report on it. All of Shel¿s books are so hard to put down because you get so hooked on the first poem you just keep reading and reading.
jrlandry1410 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A book filled with the wonderfully whimsical poems of Shel Silverstein. These poems are sure to amaze and delight many children of all ages. Perfect for introducing the genre of poetry.
DayehSensei on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A classic collection of hilarious poems that children everywhere will beg you to read over and over again. My students' favorites include "Homework Machine," "Ticklish Tom," and "Twistable, turnable man." A great book to motivate reluctant poets to reconsider poetry. One of my all-time favorites.
JoshuaOverholt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very good book. Lots of funny poems in this book
alyssabuzbee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful, whimsical collection that introduces children to poetry. This shows children that poetry doesn't have to be "stuffy" and may inspire them to write their own.
Cindy_22 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: Another book of poetry by Shel Silverstein. Has numerous poems to read aloud and enjoy with the kids.Personal Reaction: I love these books, they do a great job with the illustrations for how they were back then. A great read aloud book to enjoy with the kids. Has great humor also.Classroom Extension Ideas:1. Have a read aloud with the book.2. Have a discussion of some of the poems in the book.
lhamed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A bunch of funny poem and cool drawings by Shel Silverstein.
tapestry100 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
OK, I'm going to come clean. I didn't like A Light in the Attic. At all.Is everyone over their collective gasp of disbelief? Good. Let me explain.I don't think I remember ever reading Shel Silverstein as a kid. I mean, I must have, right? Every kid has. But beyond The Giving Tree, I have absolutely no recollection of ever having picked up another book by Silverstein. My sister, on the other hand, loved him as a kid. Somehow, I just skipped over that bit of growing up, I guess. My sister loved him as a kid, and still loves him today as an adult. In fact, she has all of her copies of his books from when she was a kid. So, when I heard they were coming out with this anniversary edition of A Light in the Attic that included several new poems, my first thought was that I needed to get a copy for her for her birthday, and it was being released close to that date. My second thought was that I should also buy a copy for myself. I felt I should have a copy in my library, since everyone just goes on and on about him. For future reference, I'm going to simply read what my sister has, that way I won't feel like I wasted my money.Now, don't get me wrong. I own The Giving Tree and love it. I reread itperiodically. I's a great little book. I cannot say the same of A Light in the Attic. I know the poems are geared towards kids, and that they are to be taken completely tongue in cheek, but that still hasn't stopped me from wishing I hadn't bought the book. I was actually shocked by the poems that dealt with kids dying (not that I'm so easily shocked by anything, really, but it really did come as a surprise to me) and thought some of them completely distasteful. Of course, to a kid, that sort of thing can be hysterical. I thought the illustrations were amusing, but not much more than that.So, I think I missed my formative, Shel Silverstein-liking years. I guess to the right kid, these are great, but for my 34-year-old self who has never read them before and hadn't appreciated them as a kid... well, I won't be picking up another sampling any time soon.
JenRobYoung on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book has a wonderful collection of poetry that addresses many of our fears, insecurities, and social concerns faced as a child. It also contains many humorous poems as well.
gillis.sarah on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Shel Silverstein is really funny...his books are probably among the first that ever got me interested in poetry. I remember sitting in the library in elementary school, paging through this book and just giggling hysterically.
thehistorychic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this book of poems! It is one of my favorites from when I was a child. I recommend this to the young and old alike if you like to smile. Shel had a way of making everything be funny and relative to everyday life.Some of my favorites from this one: Monsters I've Met, Rock n Roll Band, The Meehoo with an Exactlywatt, Cloony the Clown, Union for Children's Rights, and Kidnapped.
LainaBourgeois on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book of poems has a strang twist on a lot of things, but should be enjoyed by children.
nicholspdx on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Such a wonderful book! Shel Silverstein is truly a man of many talents used to entertain such a varied audience, from children's poetry to cartoons in Playboy and hit songs on the billboard charts, Shel is having fun! A Light in the Attic is a must have for anyone hoping to get a young reader interested in poetry.
lrummy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book fueled my love of poetry. I memorized one of the poems for a school performance in third grade. I always flip back to my favorites and every last poem is a good read. Some poems are full of life others are strange but very interested. You will want to read these poems over and over again.
ZaraAlexis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My first "real" book of poems aside from those in the Childcraft Encyclopedia. I fell in love with words, writing them---poems and stories---at the age of seven!
Sean191 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A collection of poems and illustrations from the author of the Giving Tree. At times, they may be a little racy (for prude parents, not kids) but, overall this collection of poems with accompanying illustrations is lots of fun to read to children and there are some laugh-out-loud moments for adults as well.
sarahbatte on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books of all time. I just love poetry and everything that Silverstein brings to the table. A collection of his poetry that kids can just read and have fun with.
RosesAreRed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books from childhood.
elizacats on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book received the Notable Children's Books, and the William Allen White Children's Book Award
russelllindsey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved Shel Silverstein as a child. His poetry is pure fun. Shel Silverstein was my introduction to poetry.
Nicolemerriweather on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book is about the fun in poetry. It is a combination of different poetry style all wrapped up in one book. It ranges from lyric poems to limericks style poem. It gives a child the different variety of poems to be able to find one they will truly enjoy. I read this book to a group of 4 and 5 year olds in the morning after breakfast and in the after noon before they went to school. Let me talk about just a few a read. On Monday I read Shaking. It was a poem about a little girl that kept shaking a cow in order to make a milk shake. One child ask me if that is really how milk shake are made. On Wednesday I read Something is Missing. About a man who remember to put on his sock, shirt, tie, etc. But by time the poem was done he forgot to put on something. So I allowed the children to think about what he forgot before I showed them the picture of what he forgot. By Friday, I had them getting into a imagery poem called It hot. A boy was so hot he could not cool off, so the poem goes into all the things he tried in order to cool off. But then he decide to lay around in his bones. It was something the kids had to use there imagination to see someone sitting around in there bones and no skin. But no matter what kind of poem they like. They will hopefully find a favorite one in this book. With the poem book to expand to the learning I would take for example the poem about the girl shaking the cow to make milk shakes. I would bring in ice cream, milk and a binder and show them how to make a real shake. Then out to the poems I read for the week I would have them choose there favorite and let them draw a picture describing the poem. Or with older kids assist them in writing there own poem.
teason on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this book of poetry. The poems are funny and they make sense. His illustrations compliment the poems by visually telling us the poem and because they are comical. I also like the illustrations because they are not elaborately done and they look like a child could have drawn them.
kwiens on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A book of poems short enough for a child to read and still be interested in! Every poem is funny and delivers a moral lesson and a little bit of mischief. The longest poem is two pages, but each poem has illustrations to go along with the poem. I loved this book of poetry! The were so funny yet had good lessons to learned in each poem. I loved this and will buying this book for a child.I would read these aloud in the classroom to familiarize the children with poetry to allow them to know how fun poetry can be. It would be a fun activity to have the class right their own poems and share them aloud with the class.
gothydevil on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another great book by Shel Silverstien. This book's poems can be funny, tear dropping, or just plain old weird! So I would advise you to read this book or the monster under your bed will come out and eat you!