Because 1) April is National Poetry Month, and 2) I’m apparently not grown-up enough to move on to more serious books, and 3) I’m dying to showcase one of my favorite children’s poets ever:
We now proudly present… Shel Silverstein!
Chances are he’s not new to people. Shel Silverstein was famous even before his death in 1999. He was best known for his quirky, hilarious, sometimes macabre, fantastical writing for children. Many kids know him for titles like “Lafcadio: The Lion Who Shot Back” and “Where the Sidewalk Ends,” while many parents know him because they cried their way through “The Giving Tree.”
But did you also know these bits of trivia?
- Shel Silverstein wrote the song “A Boy Named Sue,” made popular by Johnny Cash
- Apparently, it’s the thing to get Shel Silverstein tattoos–that is, tattoos of Silverstein cartoons–printed on oneself. The most unique one I found was here (it’s the picture from the poem “The Mehoo with an Exactlywatt”).
May this be your inspiration to go out and read a Shel Silverstein poem to yourself and the stranger sitting next to you. Do so with gusto. Or at least enjoy these pen-and-ink treasures.