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Falling Up

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  117,285 ratings  ·  1,446 reviews

Millie McDeevit screamed a scream
So loud it made her eyebrows steam.
She screamed so loud
Her jawbone broke,
Her tongue caught fire,
Her nostrils smoked...

Poor Screamin' Millie is just one of the unforgettable characters in this wondrous new book of poems and drawings by the creator of Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic. Here you will also meet Allison Beals an

Hardcover, 178 pages
Published August 1st 2003 by Harpercollins Childrens Books (first published January 1st 1996)
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Therese This book is full of creative little poems. I highly recommend it :D
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Livie-Lou maybe the author just wanted different kinds of poems for people to read. but I agree there are crazy, weird, very different poems in this book!

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Raeleen Lemay
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Shel Silverstein's books never fail to put a smile on my face.

Firstly, because they are charming and delightful, funny and witty, but also because they bring me back to my childhood. My friends and I used to read Silverstein poems and perform them in class, and anytime I read them now they bring me back to those days.

It's time to get my hands on a copy of Where the Sidewalk Ends once again.
Ahmad Sharabiani
Falling Up, Shel Silverstein
Falling Up is a 1996 poetry collection for children by Shel Silverstein, published by HarperCollins. It features illustrations, drawn by the author, for most of the 144 poems. Silverstein dedicated the book to his son, Matthew. It is also the third and final poetry collection by Silverstein in his lifetime, as he died 3 years after Falling Up was released.
عنوانها: سقوط به بالا، بالا افتادن؛ نویسنده: شل سیلور استاین؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه مارس سال 1997 میلادی، خوانش
Ahmad Sharabiani
Jun 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, 20th-century
Falling up: poems and drawings, Shel Silverstein
عنوان: بالا افتادن؛ وقتی به سن تو بودم؛ سقوط به بالا؛ نویسنده: شل سیلور اشتاین؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه مارس سال 1997 میلادی، دومین خوانش: نوزدهم آوریل سال 2006 میلادی
عنوان: وقتی به سن تو بودم؛ نویسنده: شل سیلور اشتاین؛ مترجم: رضی خدادادی (هیرمندی)؛ تهران، هستان، 1378، در 54 ص؛ چاپ چهارم 1379؛ شابک: 9646965229؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، نشر هوای تازه، 1380، شابک: 9647222521؛ موضوع: شعر طنز کودکان از نویسندگان امریکایی قرن 20 م
عنوان: سقوط به بالا؛ نویسنده:
Chin Hwa
Aug 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Some wonderful gems from this anthology of poems and drawings:


I tripped on my shoelace
And I fell up--
Up to the roof tops,
Up over the town,
Up past the tree tops,
Up over the mountains,
Up where the colors
Blend into the sounds.
But it got me so dizzy
When I looked around,
I got sick to my stomach
And I threw down.


All the Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas
Layin' in the sun,
Talkin' 'bout the things
They woulda-coulda-shoulda done...
But those Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas
All ran away and hid
Michael Finocchiaro
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, kids, favorites
As always, a wonderful book of beautiful, funny and endearing poems from Shel Silverstein. My favorites:

Diving Board

You've been up on that diving board
Making sure that it's nice and straight.
You've made sure that it's not too slick.
You've made sure that it can stand the weight.
You've made sure that the spring is tight.
You've made sure that the cloth won't slip.
You've made sure that it bounces right.
And now that your toes can get a grip -
And you've been up there since half past five
Doin everythin
Alex Farrand
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s, poems
A very cute book of poems that I read to my daughter for a change of pace. It was clever, witty and funny. Sometimes a little weird, but still a fun read for children.
Sara Kamjou
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour, poetry
اشعار کوتاه بامزهی به ظاهر کودکانه ولی معنادار.
بعضی از شعرهاش واقعا منو میخندوند یا به فکر فرو میبرد.
خلاقیت شل سیلورستان فوقالعاده بالاست.
ترجمه حمید خادمی خیلی خوب بود ولی متن انگلیسیش بهتر حس رو منتقل میکرد که مخصوصا در مورد شعر طبیعیه.
Apr 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Shel Silverstein fans!!!
Falling Up

Ever since I was little, I have been a huge fan of Shel Silverstein’s works as they were creative, controversial and hilarious to read through! I have practically read almost all of Shel Silverstein’s works including Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, and Every Thing on It and I had enjoyed every single one of them! Now, I have finally read another one of Shel Silverstein’s books called “Falling Up” and it was just as enjoyable as Shel Silverstein’s other works!

This is another book t
Rana Heshmati
با اینکه ترجمه ی نسبتا خوبی داشت، ولی بنظرم اصلا قابل ترجمه نیستن این شعرها.. وخوشحالم که متن انگلیسی شان هم بود که از خواندنشان لذت ببرم :)
نقاشی های قشنگش.. قوه ی تخیل بامزه ش که انگار از بند اون چارچوب های ذهنی رهامون می کرد...
از این واااقعا خوشم اومد :))
" پام گفت: هی، بریم برقصیم.
زبونم گفت: بیا بریم یه لقمه بزنیم.
مغزم گفت: بیا یه کتاب خوب بخونیم.
چشمم گفت: بیا یه چرتی بزنیم.
زانوم گفت: بیا یک کم راه بریم.
پشتم گفت: بیا سوار کاری کنیم.
نشیمنم گفت: خوب، من هم همین جا می شینم تا شما ها تصمیم تون رو
Jul 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
4.0 to 4.5 stars. I think this is my favorite Shel Silverstein offering. One of those books that can be enjoyed by children and adults depending on how deeply you dive into the meaning of the stories. Incredibly imaginative and very well done.
Jan 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a good laugh
Shelves: humor, kid-lit
I fell in love with the plays on words and how childlike the poems were. It didn't take a whole lot of thinking to interpret the poems, because it was all there, clearly stated in the poem.
Pouria Roshani
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
سقوط به بالا/ شل سیلور استاین/ ترجمه رضی هیرمندی/ نشر هستان/ 204 صفحه/ چاپ چهارم 1394/ تاریخ تموم کردن کتاب: چهارشنبه 16 فروردین 96
کتابی دوزبانه شامل آخرین مجموعه شعرهای عمو شلبی عزیز برای کودکان و نوجوانان. ویژگی این کتابش هم مثل اکثر کتاباش، بیان ساده و متفاوت ولی پرمحتواست. البته میشه گفت 60 درصد شعرای کتاب محتواش واقعا برای بچه ها جذابیت داره و برای سن های بالاتر صرفا جالب می تونه باشه و ذهن رو مشغول نمی کنه چندان. شعرهای خوب زیاد توش هست که برای بزرگترها هم جالب باشه هم فکرشون رو مشغول کنه
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the third Silverstein book I've read to my brother, and he hasn't seemed to show me one bit that he's tired of it. He's really enjoyed this one, and I found myself laughing out loud a couple of times too. This is another great book to read at bedtime or I guess, anytime.
 Lissa Smith Reads'~Bookaholics Bookshelf Reviews
After seeing this on one of my friends list I couldn’t resist re-reading it. I read this book to my children when they were small. It’s both entertaining and educational. It’s a great way to introduce children to art, poetry and the limitless of one’s imagination.
Binibining `E (of The Ugly Writers)
I Love the poem about Pinnochio!!! okie dokie-io!

All the Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas
Layin' in the sun,
Talkin' 'bout the things
They woulda-coulda-shoulda done...
But those Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas
All ran away
From one little
Jenna Kennedy
Nov 17, 2014 rated it liked it
With black, sketched illustrations on cream colored pages, the words flow down the pages as they do off of the reader’s tongue. The lyrical type narration use rhyme and repetition to show the adventure of Pinocchio (on page 46). An illustration of the wooden toy boy sits on the bottom of the page, with his nose as long as one, two, three lies. About ten stanzas long, this tale is only a part of the 171 page long book of poems for young readers. The silly and quirky stories use different types of ...more
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
One Word Review Game/Challenge: Poems, poems, and even more poems

My Review: I love all of Silverstein's poems, but this book has to be my favorite collection of his poems. I just found them very enjoyable to read, some made me crack a smile and a little laugh at times. This was a very fun book for me to read. I appreciate the way that Silverstein approaches the poems and crafts them together. Another thing I appreciated was how these poems aren't too advanced, at all, and they are something that
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
واقعا سيلور استاين كه ميگن اينه ها
اصلن قوه ي تخيل اينو هيچكي نداره
جدا از اين كه از خارق العاده هم فراتره،چقدر ترسناكه
بعضي شعراش واقعا مورمورم كرد
April*procrastinator and proud*
i can recite a poem right form it!!
Ickle me, pickle me, tickle me too
ent for a ride in a flying shoe, hooray what fun,
its time we flew,
cried Ickle me Pickle me Tickle me too,

Ickle was captain Pickle was crew Tickle serves cofee and mulligan stew and higher and higher and higher they flew,
Ickle me Pickle me Tickle me too.

Ickle me Pickle me Tickle me too,
Never returned to the world they knew,
and no one knows what happened to,
dear Ickle me, Pickle me Tickle me too,.

lawl, that was my favorite
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved the poems as a child and still do!!!
Ashley Oxford
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Such a fun read!
Dec 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
I received Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic as presents as a child and they are still treasured possessions. We've read them together and our girls love the poems, especially our youngest. So for her birthday this year, I bought her this book. I think I read it years ago, but since I didn't own it, I don't know the poems nearly as well.

Our youngest only 'allows' us to read a couple of poems together each night, so it took us quite a long time to finish this book. It was just as
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an amusing if not quite classic set of poems for children. Some are fairly conventional offering relatively common and unexceptionable didacticism, but others definitely play into children's appreciation for the macabre, the cheeky, and the transgressive. There's rather more death and dismemberment than you might expect in work aimed at fairly young readers, but Silverstein knows that kids love to be repelled, grossed out, and scared, within certain limits, and he does not shy away from ...more
Alyssa Davila
Apr 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
i remember when i was in first grade, i had to do read a poem from his poem book Falling Up and i decided to pick a poem about this little kid going home and he notices a hat following him, the little kid gets all paranoid and relizes the hat has a tail. the little boy picks up the hat a comes to find that under the hat was either a little cat or a dog, i really cant remember, it was kind of a long time ago. but those poems made up my childhood. they made me think, analize, and got me to believe ...more
Jan 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Really fun to read outloud to my children. I find it more fun to read as an adult than it was as a child. Just brilliant. Favorite poem.
Tell me pg. 154

Tell me I'm clever,
Tell me I'm kind,
Tell me I'm talented,
Tell me I'm cute,
Tell me I'm sensitive,
Graceful and wise,
Tell me I'm perfect-
But tell me the truth.

This book is as close to perfection as can be. And that's the truth.
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: we-got-this
خیــلی بچه بودم که اینُ خوندم. خیـــلیا! جزوِ اولین کتابهاییه که خوندم تا جایی که یادمه. همون حدودای چار سال و اینام باید بودهباشه. :-؟ بعد یادمه اونموقع یواشکی خوندمش؛ انقـدر خوب بود که وقتی باهار اومد توی اتاق و این رو دستم دید نفهمیدم و به خوندن ادامه دادم. :ی
بسیار دوستداشتنی و نوستالژیک ه برای من.

× این که وضعیتِ ظاهری کتاب رو Poor زدهم، بهخاطرِ این ه که ورقورق شده از فرط خوندهشدن. :-"
Lorryn Woodward
I read this years ago when I was younger but I do think I need to read them again. I want to read them to the kids but the stack of books to read them is already out of control and only one actually stays listening....
They are so cute and I remembered a few once I read them again. Where the Sidewalk Ends will always be my favorite of the two.
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
"Falling Up" is like any other Shel Silverstein poetry books. The reason I didn't like this book very much was because her poems don't have any deep meaning to them. It annoys me how Shel Silverstein tries to be funny but isn't. One good thing about this book is how creative the poems are. "Falling Up" is a okay poetry book, and if you enjoy poetry you might like it.
Book Him Danno
Feb 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
I love his books, the flow of the poems and the way he captures little snippets of real life is amazing. I think Shel is extrememly gifted. Everyone of his books is up there in my list of favorites.
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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.
“Tell my I'm clever,
Tell me I'm kind,
Tell me I'm talented,
Tell me I'm cute,
Tell me I'm sensitive,
Graceful and Wise
Tell me I'm perfect--
But tell me the TRUTH.”
“why can't you see i'm a kid', said the kid.
Why try to make me like you?
Why are you hurt when I don't cuddle?
Why do you sigh when I splash through a puddle?
Why do you scream when I do what I did?
Im a kid.”
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