A Year In Books.

Everything On It

Last week, I felt like a kid again- I mean, I always feel like a kid but last week I felt particularly child-like because I read Everything On It by Shel Silverstein. I was a massive Shel Silverstein fan as a kid and I devoured everything he published, so you can imagine how excited I was when this new collection of poems and drawings was released. I bought the book and read it cover to cover very quickly. It was magical. MA-GI-CAL.

I dont’ know if you’re familiar with the poems of Shel Silverstein but you should be. I order you to read his works! Sorry, that was very authoritarian. It was wrong of me to order you about like that. Anyway, it would be really swell if you would read some of his poetry because it’s delightful. One of my favorite poems from Everything On It is called “In Love” and it goes a little something like this- and a one and a two and a

If my face could only twist,

Then I could give my cheek a kiss

And whisper in my lovely ear,

“You’re so beautiful, my dear,”

And look into my eyes and see

Just how much I’m in love with me. 

Isn’t that beautiful? And, you can’t just read his poems, you need to see his illustrations that go with the poems. They’re perfection. Please go out and buy Everything On It right now. Don’t delay or….or…..something something….sunny day?? I don’t know, I’m not as good at rhyming as Shel Silverstein is. Just buy it.

What are you guys reading???

19 thoughts on “A Year In Books.

  1. JT says:

    It sounds to me at your suggestion
    I should read this book with comprehension
    So off to the library, I’m on my way
    hopefully, Shel Silverstein I’ll have today

  2. Love me some Shel Silverstein! “A Light in the Attic” is my fav. That poem excerpt is fabulous.

    I’m still (leisurely) reading the Percy Jackson series! Then I have “Alice Bliss” by Laura Harrington – Country Girl sent it to me as part of this ‘Book Crossing’ thingy (so I pass it to someone next <– hint hint if you're interested, LOL).

      1. You got it, dude! And, interestingly, I just noticed yesterday the author (of “Alice Bliss”) is following me on Twitter! I’m gonna tweet her after I read the book. (Oh and I meant to say Country Wife above, not Country Girl!)

  3. I loved Shel Silverstein!!!
    Dude my favorite childhood book was one called Who Was That Masked Man Anyways?
    You should read it.
    I read it a few years back and it still made me laugh!

  4. Actually, I just started Jane Eyre last night. I have never read it before, and it was highly suggested in the comments when you read The Red Badge of Courage. Still haven’t read that one, though. Blue Highways sounds pretty good.

  5. I’m reading–really listening to–a book that was very popular about twenty-five to thirty years ago, Blue Highways by William Least Heat Moon. Listening to books on CDs while driving is one of my favorite ways to pass time on trips short and long–I’m transported while being transported!

    Least Heat Moon lost his job as an English prof at a community college due to falling enrollment and decided to drive in a circle around the US on only the blue highways. Thirty years ago, back roads were colored blue on road maps. Ironically, these days the blue highways are all interstates, highways that bypass most of America. Blue highways once took travelers to places that ceased to exist, led up winter-impassable mountain roads or into communities that decided to let time go on without them.

    This is sounding more and more like a book review…probably because I don’t know how to use just a few words to encapsulate the experience of reading/listening to Least Heat Moon’s words. And, because so few people know this book that once had an almost cult following. As I listen, I am amazed at its relevance today. Maybe I need to start a revival…

  6. My favorite book by Shel Silverstein is his first ever, from 1961: “Uncle Shelby’s A-B-Z Book: A Primer For Tender Young Minds.” I have given this book to more new parents than I can remember.

    From Wikipedia:

    “Silverstein urges the reader to keep termites as pets, play hopscotch with real Scotch whisky, and give Daddy a haircut while he sleeps. He tells the reader that ‘Mommy loves the baby more than she loves you,’ and he uses the letter E to encourage the reader to throw eggs. He defines ‘gigolo’ as a woodwind musical instrument similar to the recorder, assumes the reader can eat as many as 116 green apples in a single day, and states that quarantine means, ‘Come on in, kids. Free ice cream.’ He also tells kids that there is a real live pony inside the car and elves inside the TV set.”

    Also according to Wikipedia, Silverstein is one of the American Library Association’s most challenged authors.

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