Shel Silverstein was best known for his books of poetry for young readers, including "Where the Sidewalk Ends," "A Light in the Attic" and "Falling Up," which featured poems such as "Listen to the Mustn'ts" and "Needles and Pins." His poems were often known for their humor and strange imagery. The poem "The Loser," for example, features a narrator whose head falls off, and details the reasons he cannot find it. Often, Shel Silverstein created drawings to accompany his poems.
Some of Shel Silverstein's other poems include "It's Dark in Here," in which the narrator writes that he is writing the poem from inside of a lion; "Captain Hook," which details things Captain Hook has to remember not to do; and "Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me Too," the poet's take on Eugene Field's "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod." Silverstein's poems tended to be short and often contained a joke in the final line: one of these poems, "Advice," is a series of tips for William Tell, including and "aim for the middle," but the final line is "Oh well. . . you just missed by a little."
In addition to his poems for young readers, Shel Silverstein also wrote the lyrics to Johnny Cash's hit song "A Boy Named Sue."