L-Crystal Wlodek's Reviews > Where the Sidewalk Ends: The Poems and Drawings of Shel Silverstein

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
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Mar 11, 10

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Where the Sidewalk Ends is intended for individuals ages 5 and above. It is a collection of humorous verse and ink drawings and is the bestselling children’s poetry book of all time. It is also the companion to A Light in the Attic. This collection is extremely funny, as it invites dreamers, wishers, liars, and pretenders to come in and enjoy this random collection of poems with no particular theme or order.

The poems represented in this collection are humorous, quirky, and at times sentimental. The goal of the collection is for the reader to enjoy as represented by the first poem:
“If you are a dreamer, come in,
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer...
If you're a pretender, come sit by my fire
For we have some flax-golden tales to spin.
Come in!
Come in!”
As soon as children start reading this poetry collection, they will be taken to another world of imagination, which is why I believe this book is so appealing. This collection is also still a favorite of many adults because of the confusing and thought provoking humor that is used in several of the poems. The ink illustrations represented on every page work well with the language to bring the poems to life. Overall, even though some of the poems are a little inappropriate for young readers, the text and illustrations are extremely funny and imaginative, which makes it a read that appeals to all ages and is one that is read over and over again.
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