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From New York Times bestselling Shel Silverstein, celebrated creator of Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, and Falling Up, comes an amazing collection of never-before-published poems and drawings.
Have you ever read a book with everything on it? Well, here it is! You’ll say Hi-ho for the toilet troll, get tongue-tied with Stick-a-Tongue-Out-Sid, play a highly bizarre horn, and experience the joys of growing down.
What’s that? You have a case of the Lovetobutcants? Unattainable! Just come on in and let the magic of Shel Silverstein bend your brain and open your heart.
And don’t miss Runny Babbit Returns, the new book from Shel Silverstein!
Amazon Exclusive: A Q&A with Toni Markiet, Shel Silverstein’s Longtime Editor
Q: What was the first book you worked with Shel Silverstein on?
Markiet: The first book was The Missing Piece in 1976. I used to be the assistant to his editor at that time, Edite Kroll. Was I lucky!
Q: What was his creative process like and how did you two work together?
Markiet: I take into account that most clearly that Shel was meticulous in every aspect of a book… the trim size, the paper, the binding and of course, the contents. No piece of the whole was too small to believe carefully. He looked at every spread to be sure art and text were positioned the best way conceivable. And, he considered every word and expression until it, and the whole text, was just right. I learned how a book is made in the best conceivable way.
Q: Shel passed on to the great beyond in 1999 but more than ten years later you’re publishing Every Thing On It, which includes tons of his never-before-seen poems and drawings. Are you able to tell us how this project came to be?
Markiet: Over the years, Shel continued to write and draw and work on poems. He left a rich archive of finished material. In the past few years, the Silverstein family has allowed us to unveil some of these in special editions of both Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic. The response was so amazing that the family felt it was now the right time to publish this book.
Q: What is your favorite poem from Every Thing On It?
Markiet: This is an almost Unattainable question to answer but if pressed, I will be able to say “Mer-Maid.”