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Where the Sidewalk Ends

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Where the Sidewalk Ends turns forty! Celebrate with this anniversary edition that features an eye-catching commemorative red sticker. This classic poetry collection, which is both outrageously funny and profound, has been the most beloved of Shel Silverstein's poetry books for generations.

Where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein's world begins. There you'll meet a boy who
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published November 2002 by Harpercollins Childrens Books (first published 1974)
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Jul 31, 2007 rated it really liked it
His parents did well naming him Shel.
He never did care to conform.
What would compel a guy to rebel
If everyone knew him as Norm?
Emily May
Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, poetry
“I will not play at tug o' war.
I'd rather play at hug o' war,
Where everyone hugs
Instead of tugs,
Where everyone giggles
And rolls on the rug,
Where everyone kisses,
And everyone grins,
And everyone cuddles,
And everyone wins.”
Ahmad Sharabiani
Where the Sidewalk Ends: The Poems and Drawings of Shel Silverstein, Shel Silverstein

Where the Sidewalk Ends is a 1974 children's poetry collection written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein. It was published by Harper and Row Publishers.

The book's poems address many common childhood concerns and also present purely fanciful stories. Based on a 2007 online poll, the National Education Association named the book one of its "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children."

تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه نوامبر س
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1-fiction
Book Review
4+ of 5 stars to Where the Sidewalk Ends, a collection of poetry published in 1974 by Shel Silverstein. What a wonderful book to read with children at any age; that is, both any age for the reader and the children! I first read this book when I was about 10-years-old, and then again in college. From the brilliant characters to the alliteration and rhyme, to the memorable lines and funny situations, it's one of those books where you will find something new each time you rea
Robin Hobb
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that has been on our family shelves literally for generations. My own offspring enjoyed it, and are now sharing it with their children. There is a great pleasure in hearing someone say, "I remember when you read this to me."

I've always enjoyed Silverstein's humor. There is such a wide variety of poems in here, long and short, some that depend on his illustration and some that stand alone.

I think poetry is important for kids. There is a rhythm to our English language, and I think
Dec 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Shelves: tmi, ya
There's a polar bear - in the fridgedare - he likes it cuz its cold in there!

I wrote a report on this in the 6th grade and I still remember that by heart. That was the year I got braces and Chris N. butted in line when we were coming in from recess and I grabbed his arm and said "No Butting!" and he turned around and punched me in the face. The braces smashed into my lip and it bled so bad! I went to the bathroom with a girlfriend (I can't remember her anymore - isn't that strange?) and she trie
Michael Finocchiaro
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This collection of children's poems from Shel Silverstein is a real treat. Each of the creatures and characters is fascinating and never overly moralistically drawn. There are lots of laughs here - both my kids adored these poems and were sad when I turned the last page. "More!!" they cried. ...more
Feb 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Austin by: Almost Everyone
Every child eventually discovers the perverted old man who wrote songs for Johnny Cash, did illustrations for Playboy, appeared on the Dr. Demento show numerous times, and managed to get a few books published along the way.

For some reason, parents never seem to think this creepy old guy who was so fond of children was in any way "disturbing," something I'm continually impressed with in the "ban now, ask questions later" climate of modern culture. If there are people who don't like Shel Silverst
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
Look O Look!
I see a book!
A book that gleams
A book that screams
Delightful things
By Shel Silverstein
Poems and drawings
That are not boring
They speak to me
Like a tapestry
Of childhood joys
For girls and boys
Not just for kids
Adults will dig
The funny rhymes
of forgotten times
When they were young
And life was fun
So turn the page
Forget your age
When the book ends
You can start again
And follow the bend
Where the sidewalk ends
I am crap at reciting from books. Sure, I know your super-famous opening lines and popular misquotations, but I don't really, like, pause in my reading to note a particularly nice turn of phrase so I can commit it to memory.

Which is odd, because I have always had a pretty good memory for the spoken word and, especially, lyrics. When I was little, my parents found this most amusing. They would hear me playing in my bedroom, singing random snatches of commercial jingles and songs from A Prairie Ho
Aug 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Sita by: My Dad
Shelves: own, favourites, reviewed
All I can say is that this book is amazing. This was the first book that my dad ever read to me and I loved it. I was re-reading it today and I normally don’t love books I loved when I was little, but this book is different. I still love it, there’s not much else I can say that people haven’t already said, so I am just going to end this super short review now.

P.S. If you haven’t read this before I recommend giving it a go, it is a nice fun, simple read that I’m sure you’ll enjoy reading.
Karen Chee
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The title is misleading. I read the entire book and there was NO mention of where exactly the sidewalk ends. Obviously walking along a street that suddenly disappears beneath my feet is a huge fear, and I was hoping for some coordinates to avoid. You have been warned!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Such an amazing book! This new addition has 12 new poems, and they fit in perfectly with our beloved favorites. The first poem, Invitation, sums the book up perfectly, and remains one of my favorite poems of all time:


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!

And once you do, you'll never be the same. Awaken your silly
Clumsy Storyteller
The best poetry book i have read so far.

Duchess Nicole
This is officially one of my favorite children's books. I read this with my 10, 9, and 7 year old daughters. We all loved the book so very much, but I was really surprised at just how into it I was...I think the girls got just as big a kick out of watching me laughing maniacally as they got out of the actual book.

I realize that I'm way behind on discovering this author, and so I'm just giving a general 'enjoyment' review. Silverstein not only made me laugh so hard I almost cried, but he also wr

“Where the Sidewalk Ends” is another book of poems from the creative mind of Shel Silverstein, who is the popular author of “A Light in the Attic.” This book details poems about silly people and animals doing crazy activities. Even though this book has some suggestive content, children will easily be delighted in this book for many years.

Shel Silverstein has done an awesome job with both illustrating and writing this book of poems. Shel Silverstein’s writing is witty and creative as uses bizarr
Connie G
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classic, childrens, poetry
Delightful poetry and drawings for children written with humor and heart.
The poems are as fun and as imaginative as I remembered. I liked this book as a kid and I like it still.
Sophia Triad
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
The following poems are actually a very good summary of the stories that I love to read:

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!

It's Dark in Here
I am writing these poems
From inside a lion,
And it's rather dark in here.
So please excuse the handwriting
Which may not be too clear.
But this afternoon by the lion's cage
[Shai] Bibliophage
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The collection of poems in this children's poetry book are really unique and amusing. One of the poems that I like is entitled Smart :

Oct 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
One of my most favorite authors of my youth, Silverstein does a most excellent job of tapping into the heart of a child. Whether it be a child's heart in an adult or an actual child, the result is the same: pure and simple joy. Silverstein excels not only in rhyming, but his use of adjectives in the English language when describing things such as "icky, stick, peanut butter sandwiches" makes this a joy not only to listen to, but to read out loud as well. I remember having it read to me for the f ...more
Apr 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Mommy and I are going through one poem at a time. So far I like it, but am rather confused by a few!!

6/27/08--My favorite poem so far is Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me Too! I love how is sounds when Mommy says it.
Sarah Swann
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This brought me such nostalgia. I remember reading Shel Silverstein’s poems as a kid. Reading them as an adult was just as fun! Some made me laugh and some made me think. I loved reading through these creative poems!
Elaine Mullane || At Home in Books
"Anything can happen, child. Anything can be."

I can't believe it took me so long to read this book. I adore The Giving Tree so I knew I would be a fan of this, but I didn't realise just how much. Shel Silverstein is an incredible craftsman of poetry (and of words in general). His use of alliteration and assonance makes reading these poems aloud a wonderful experience. This collection is delectable and profound.

I truly love Silverstein's wit and humour. These poems are clever and hilarious, w
 Linda (Miss Greedybooks)
I forgot I had this book, - so long ago my art teacher gave me a copy - I memorized so many of these poems - just re-reading it now I am surprised at how many stayed with me.

To hear Shel read them is an experience... he has a pretty creepy voice on some of them.

Leaves me singing "On the cover of Rolling Stone".
Paul E. Morph
A truly delightful collection of hilarious nonsense poetry accompanied by some rather lovely illustrations. I really enjoyed this and am glad I decided to buy it for my wife for Christmas. :-D
May 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
"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!"

"A tree house, a free house,
A secret you and me house,
A high up in the leafy branches
Cozy as can be house.

A street house, a neat house,
Be sure and wipe your feet house
Is not my kind of house at all--
Let's go live in a tree house."

"Would you like to hear
Of the terrible night
Nov 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads

This morning I jumped on my horse
And went out for a ride.
And some wild outlaws chased me
And they shot me in the side.
So I crawled into a wildcat’s cave
To find a place to hide,
But some pirates found me sleeping there,
And soon they had me tied
To a pole and built a fire
Under me-I almost cried
Till a mermaid came and cut me loose
And begged to be my bride.
So I said I’d come back Wednesday
But I must admit I lied.
Then I ran into a jungle swamp
But I forgot my guide
And I stepped into
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
One of my favorites from when I was a kid. I remember this book along with 'light in the attic' always being checked out of the school library and not wanting to give it back when my turn was up.

Re-visiting it as an adult, I found some of the poems I didn't care for but plenty of my old favorites still had me smiling and sometimes reading them again before turning the page.

Just a fun book, highly recommend :)
Sep 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Incredibly entertaining poems. I do a poem a week with my 2nd graders, and our current one is Melinda Mae. Let's see if I can remember it from the top of my head:

"Have you heard of tiny Melinda Mae
who ate a monstrous whale?
She thought she could, she said she would
So she started in right at the tail.
And everyone said, 'You're much too small!'
But that didn't bother Melinda at all.
She took little bites and chewed very slow, just like a little girl should...

And in 89 years she ate that whale
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Shel Silverstein was the author-artist of many beloved books of prose and poetry. He was a cartoonist, playwright, poet, performer, recording artist, and Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated songwriter.

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And everyone grins,
And everyone cuddles,
And everyone wins.”
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