Shel Silverstein's poems include "Sick," "Mr. Grumpledump's Song," "These Boots," "Boa Constrictor" and "A Light in the Attic," among many others. Throughout his life and posthumously, Silverstein published compilations of poems and drawings including "Where the Sidewalk Ends," "A Light in the Attic" and "Falling Up."Continue Reading
Shel Silverstein was born in 1930 in Chicago, Illinois. He became an author, poet, playwright, cartoonist and songwriter. One of his most famous books is "The Giving Tree." Shel also wrote the song "A Boy Named Sue," which was performed by Johnny Cash.
Shel was well known for his poetry collections and drawings, many of which won awards. His best-selling collection of poetry was "Where the Sidewalk Ends," published in 1974. In this poetry collection, Silverstein invited readers to dream and to visualize the impossible. The poems "Recipe for a Hippopotamus Sandwich," "Eighteen Flavors" and "Boa Constrictor" are part of this compilation.
Shel Silverstein died on May 10, 1999. After his death, "Runny Babbit," a poetry collection of tongue twisters and spoonerisms, was published. In 2011, another publication, "Everything On It," was released. This anthology is compiled of poems and drawings that had never before been seen, created by Silverstein before his death. It contains 145 poems, including "These Boots" and "Years From Now."Learn more about Poetry