Plot: This is a collection of poems and drawings for children. From Complainin’ Jack, Danny O’Dare the dancin’ bear, Long-Legged-Lou and Short-Legged Sue, to Mari-Lou, Screamin’ Millie, and Tattooin’ Ruth. There are many characters to be met throughout this wonderful poem set. Even characters such as Pinocchio and Medusa make an appearance. Whether they be falling up or falling down, the fun never ends with this load of characters. Visit places such as the Rotten Convention or the Closet Full of Shoes and see if it is somewhere you would like to be. Or stop by Allison Beals’ house to see her twenty-five eels, maybe you need an extra shoe-lace, she might loan you an eel. It’s an endless ride.
Review: This collection of poetry by Shel Silverstein is just as creative as his first two collections, Where the Sidewalk Ends and The Light in the Attic. There is a whole new set of crazy, amazing characters to meet and a whole lot of new places to visit. Illustrations done by Silverstein himself accompany almost every poem added to your imagination. Some poems are long and some are short, some rhyme and some have rhythm, but most of all almost none of them make sense. They are outrageous and stranger than can be, with some very unfortunate characters. Children will love reading these poems out-loud and imagining the craziness of each and every one of them. This book comes highly recommended to children who can’t seem to grasp poetry.
Reading Level/Interest Level: 4.8/3-6 graders
Similar Materials: Anything Dr. Seuss. A Pizza the Size of the Sun: poems, by Jack Prelutsky
Reader’s Advisory: I have loved Shel Silverstein since I was a kid. He is so creative and makes poetry fun and easy to understand. This is a great collection of poems and I think every kid should read at least some of Shel’s work. A lot of children are probably aware of him by his book The Giving Tree, but his other work is great too. His newest collection of poems is called Every Thing On It. I highly recommend this book or any of Shel’s poetry.