Every Thing On It by Shel Silverstein

Every Thing On ItHaving always been a big fan of the silly and humorous poetry of Shel Silverstein, you can imagine my delight to discover a new book of 145 of his unpublished poems. Mr. Silverstein died in 1999 and I was certain that would end the publication of any more of his iconic white covered poetry books.

The dedication is simply “For You.” The title comes from the second poem in the book which is about a boy who orders a hot dog with everything on it. Of course, his hot dog arrives ala Silverstein style and is slightly more than the boy bargained for. The first poem, Years From Now, touches my heart as Shel reassures the reader that “somewhere from some far off place I hear you laughing – and I smile.”

I would recommend this wonderful new poetry book to all readers. The poems and illustrations have the ability to spread simple joy to us all. Who could ask for more from a book?

Posted by: Wendy

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