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A Light in the Attic
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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?...

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.

Notable Children's Books of 1981 (ALA)
Best Books of 1981 (SLJ)
Children's Books of 1981 (Library of Congress)
1981 Children's Books (NY Public Library)
1981 USA Children's Books of International Interest
Winner, 1983-84 William Allen White Award (Kansas)
Winner, 1983 Garden State Children's Book Award (New Jersey Library Association)
1984 Garden State Children's Book Award for Non-Fiction (New Jersey Library Association)
1984 George C. Stone Center for Children's Books (Claremont, CA) "Recognition of Merit" Award

Customer Reviews:

  • a wonderful poem book that makes me laugh.
    This book makes me laugh every minute I read. It makes me confused sometimes. Like the poem the Meehoo with an Exactlywatt. It was somehow confusing but still as funny as any poem in that book. This book could be for any age because no matter what age you are, it will still make you laugh. A Light In The Attic is for anyone who loves funny poems like me. Shel Silverstein's books have wonderful illustrations especially the one on the front cover that has a boy with a roof shaped head with someone smaller looking out. I only had one question about Shel Silverstein's books. It is that I have no idea how he got all these ideas for all his poems ....more info
  • Best Children's Book Ever?
    If there were an award for best children's book ever Shel Silverstein's work would win hands down. It is light and imaginative, yet, it challenged vocabulary and young minds to questin and seek....more info
  • A Light in the Attic
    I have been buying this book and Where the Sidewalk Ends as gifts for children for many years. As a reading teacher, I guarantee these books certainly will get kids into reading very funny poetry. Many of the now "grown up" kids tell me they still have this book from their childhood. That's a pretty good review in itself....more info
  • There's too many kids in this tub!
    I hadn't read Shel Silverstein for years until I recently picked up this ancient book of my youth. Looking at it now, I truly appreciate Silverstein's unique writing (maybe for the first time). It's difficult not to fall in love instantly with a man who makes cannibalism, monsters, and other ephemera kid friendly. Not to mention the fantastic illustrations and original verses of each poem. Interestingly, I saw real similarities with, of all people, Gary Larson ("The Far Side") down to the grotesque but can't-look-away illustrations. I would recommend this book to any child I know. These poems do not date and feel as fresh as when I read them as a young-un....more info
  • Must have for any pre teen and above
    This book is a classic, the poems are wonderful. I enjoyed reading this book when i was 10, and still do. It is a book you will read over and over or just open to look for your favorite poem. Shel Silverstein is an amazingly talented and imaginative writer. I often buy this book as a present for friends kids!...more info
  • An amazing collection of Silverstein's illustrations, poems.
    Next to the giving tree, this is the second most fondly remembered book of my childhood. The giving tree was read to me much earlier and more often and the strong moral message carried a deep resonance for a long time. This collection of poems was much lighter fare and entertained me for several years. There are a lot of poems and illustrations in here to tickle your childrens imaginations and help them think creatively about words. Fantastic!...more info
  • A Light In The Attic
    Hope,
    The book A Light In The Attic is very good because I like all of the little poems and most of the poems are really funny!The authorof the book is Shel Silverstein and I think that his style is to be really funny and to make people lauph and well he made me lauph.
    I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to lauph or likes fairytales.
    Personaly I can't wait to get my hands on another one of Shel Silverstein's books!!!...more info
  • The best book of all times, exiting and very funny.
    This poem book is the best yet, I have never read any poems as funny as the ones Shel Silverstein writes."A Light in the Attic" is a book for people of all ages.The whole class of seventh graders enjoyed it.We were laughing our heads out when we heard the poem,"Standing is Stupid".I recomend this book to anyone who is having a bad day and wants a moment of happiness!...more info
  • As sweet as they used to be

    Silverstein is our favorite author of children's books. He is just perfect! In fact his works are as good for the parents as for their children. Whichever Silverstein's book I bought for any of my five children (each one of them has his own Silverstein), we have ALL read them. That includes my children, myself, and even sometimes my husband. "Light in the Attic" is no exception to that rule. I think that all of Shel's books are equally good. Check also Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook, A Giraffe and a Half, Where the Sidewalk Ends 30th Anniversary Edition: Poems and Drawings. If you are a loving mother that wants to see smile on your child's face, give him Silverstein - it's children's literature classic and a safe bet. A recent discovery for me is Boszenna Nowiki and her series Why Some Cats are Rascals, Book 1, Why Some Cats are Rascals, Book 2, Why Some Cats are Rascals ( Book 3) with some very touching stories of speaking cats...
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  • Oh Shel, How we Love thee!
    I have to say that Shel Silverstein deserves a lot of credit...his poetry opens the door of rhyme and verse for so many children who are blessed to find this book in their hands. I have the best memories of first reading this book as a youngster back in the early 1980's...my brother and I would take turns reading our favorites to each other for hours. We'll never forget you Shel! Your poetic genius will continue to inspire the multitudes!...more info
  • Old Favorites
    I sent this to my grandsons, who love it as much as their mother did. It is a wonderful book to introduce poetry to young people. They read a few every night at bedtime....more info
  • Excellent Book!!
    I have loved this book since I was a kid. I just recently bought this to replace my old ones (which I will always keep). This book is great for people of all ages! ...more info
  • Fans of Silverstein
    My daughter is a huge fan of Shel Silverstein. I have bought all of the books for her and she loves them. Clever poems that are fun to read....more info
  • This book isn't worth what I paid for.
    A Light in the Attic didn't appeal to me as much as Where the Sidewalk Ends. Sure, there were some cute poems, such as "God's Wheel" and "Zebra Question." But most of the other poems looked like ol' Shel was trying too hard. My advice to you Shel fans: borrow this book from a friend or check it out at your local library if you want to buy it. To me, it wasn't worth what I paid for....more info
  • I liked the poem called "My dad gave me one dollar bill."
    This book was like the bomb ! Well I'm not gonna exagerate about it that much! I liked the poem called "My dad gave me one dollar bill". I think this was probably a six year old kiddo that didn't really know that much about money. Well that's all I'm gonna write for know my hands are getting kind of sore!...more info
  • This is the best poem book ever!
    I wish Shel Silverstean would put alot more poem books out. I love them. Sometimes you can just read them to your self or eaven out loud and then every body can enjoy them. I finished the book in 2 days!...more info
  • A light in the attic...
    Shel Silverstien will always have a close connection to my childhood. I loved reading his poems when I was younger and reading them now brings me back for a moment. This is a great addition to "The Giving Tree" and "Where the Sidewalk Ends."...more info
  • A really great book for children of all ages.
    I love Shel Silverstein's books. I've purchased them as gifts for friends on several occasions. :-)...more info
  • A tradition passed on...
    I love this book. I own it and have read portions to all my grandkids and they love it. My eldest grand was turning 11 and I thought it was time he owned it. He called me and said, "Gma! This is your book you read me. I can't take your book!" Sweety, he thought only one book existed. When I explained it was all his and I still have mine. He was over the moon. He still wants me to read bits when he's here, he said.

    Great family book....more info
  • A review by a children's author
    I read Shel Silverstein when I was young and I loved his poetry. I used to read it to the kids I babysat (and I never sat on a baby) and I now read it to my own children. What can be said that hasn't been said already?

    This: Shel Silverstein wrote more than just silly. Some of his greatest poems bring tears to my eyes and make me think about things like justice, death, love, and even my Creator. Pretty deep stuff. I personally believe it's that inane sense of humor he had combined with an almost philosophical take on life that mades Shel a great children's poet.

    Some of my favorite poems by Shel are in this collection, The Light in the Attic.

    The Little Boy and the Old Man should make any person who reads it think about aging and reaching out to our loved ones who are er, how shall I say it, a little past their prime and also to those who haven't quite reached their prime yet. And How Many, How Much is a wonderful reminder that friendship starts in your own heart.

    And I wonder, was one of my favorite movies (Bruce Almighty) inspired by one of my favorite Shel Silverstein poems (God's Wheel)? Did the writer read that poem and think "What a great premise for a movie!" Could be. Whatever the case I know his work was one of my inspirations in becoming a children's writer. And now I'm writing a book of poetry for children and as I craft it I returned to all these funny, touching, ironic, wistful, poems and realized, "Uh oh, I set the bar too low. I need to kick it up a notch." I so I strive to do just that.

    My nightmare is being compared by a cranky reviewer to Shel Silverstein, "This writer is an imposter to the throne of the great Shel." Let me state here and now that I don't want the throne. I would just like to sit under a oak tree in the courtyard outside the palace if that's okay. And while I'm there I'll just take a big whiff of the rosebush that stayed so very small (read the book and you shall see what I mean).

    Finally, let me add this, I believe these poems expanded my creativity in my younger years and I believe they expand it to this very day. Buy a Light in the Attic for your children and read the poems together. You will expand their vocabulary, help them develop a sense of comedic timing, cultivate an interest in poetry, and give them their first lessons in philosophy, all the while having a fantastic time together. Now that's what I call maximum return on a minimal investment(...)...more info

  • recommended reading material for all ages.
    Shel Silversteing seems to bring out the pure essence of us all. A Light in the Attic is just one of the many books that Shel Silverstein has written and in my opinion the most brilliant of all of his work. I am a 32 year old mother of 2 and have enjoyed sharing his writing with both of my children....more info
  • Old Favorites
    I sent this to my grandsons, who love it as much as their mother did. It is a wonderful book to introduce poetry to young people. They read a few every night at bedtime....more info
  • Where does the sidewalk end? In the attic.
    If you don't remember these rhymes from your childhood, then it's about time you visited the attic, "A Light in the Attic," that is. Silverstein combines humorous sketches, whimsical poetry and fanciful word play in another amusing collection. "Where the Sidewalk Ends" will always be my favorite, but poems like "Spelling Bee," "Deaf Donald," "Nobody" and "Little Abigail and the Beautiful Pony" definately make "A Light in the Attic" a close runner-up.

    If you know Silverstein's work, then you are familiar with his simple rhyming style. His flair for combining drawings and words make for a book that's much more than just a collection of poetry. His poems are an experience that would be diminished without the visual aspect.

    Silverstein's collections are great for all ages. I read them as a kid, but I enjoy them just as much now. Silverstein has the soul of a child, but the wit of a sage.

    "The saddest thing I ever did see
    Was a woodpecker peckin' at a plastic tree.
    He looks at me, and 'Friend,' says he,
    'Things ain't as sweet as they used to be.'"
    -Shel Silverstein page 83...more info

  • Beautiful
    This remarkable collection of poems reminds you of Silverstein's classic "Where the Sidewalk Ends". The nonsensical whimsy is something kids (and adults) of all ages will enjoy. I never noticed that Silverstein did his own drawings, which makes it all the more enjoyable, especially the ones where one drawing segues into the next poem, or where the illustration adds to the poem (the 'i love you' snake, etc). Wonderful!

    Rating: 5/5...more info
  • A MUST HAVE
    I am not a big poem fan but I love this book! Drawings are great and so fun!...more info
  • the laughing stock
    Hula eels, magic carpets and tickilish tom are all things in A Light in the Attic. This hilarios book has fun filled poems all over! such as Little Abigail and the beautiful pony. What happens to Abigail when she doesn't get what she wants?
    The author Shel Siverstein uses rymes through out the whole book to make it super funny. I would recomend this book if you like fantasy and magic. You will love these poems and be rolling on the floor laughing....more info
  • Best Value for the price
    IT was great for the price. I didn't know it was missing the cover, but the price was so low it didn't matter....more info