Thursday, October 6, 2011

Book Review - Every Thing On It by Shel Silverstein

(click to buy on Amazon)

Shel Silverstein deserves a rave rhyme review
for his latest posthumous message to you. 
(In case you didn’t know, this is number two.  
Runny Babbit came out after his death too.) 
This poetry compilation is 100% Shel
and retains his beloved style quite well. 
Through kids, creatures, animals and “things”,
many further messages he brings. 
He finally tells us why people write rhymes
and that happy endings don’t exist  - just good times. 
He writes of a new diet, though I don’t think I’ll try it,
and of flamingos stealing things in hopes we’ll buy it. 
He illustrates with words the power of please
and why garlic breath brings many to their knees. 
It even has a bit of romance and a fantasy ball game. 
As expected, Shel’s way of saying goodbye is anything but plain.

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This rhyme was written for Smiley Sociology Study #9.
Come over and join in!  It's book review time.

I'm also sharing this at the Poetry Pantry
where there's much more lovely poetry to see.


  1. I am going to have to get this book! I would have never known it existed if it wasn't for this review! lol Thanks!

  2. Hooray for Shel!
    He sure was swell!

    So read his books
    or I'm gonna tell!

  3. Even from beyond the grave
    A brand new book to us he gave!
    Shel Silverstein, although you're dead
    Your spirit lives when rhymes are read!

  4. I HIGHLY recommend it!!! Click the photo of the book above to purchase through Amazon or check your local Costco. :)

    @Jessica - I'm glad to help spread the word! It was a surprise to me as well. :)

    @Eric - He sure was swell, that nice dude named Shel. You don't have to scold me. I already read the whole book WITH GLEE! :)

    @Lolamouse - I know that Shel is smiling now because of your kind words. You'll see in his book he watched out for us rhyme nerds. :)

  5. Very nice tribute. I'll have to check this out.

  6. Such a great tribute hooray for Shell

  7. Glad to see you in, my friend,

    love your new typing format,
    finally I can read your words easily.

    cute funnies, well done.

  8. I loved reading Shel to my kids when they were little and his books were among their most prized possessions. Glad to hear he's still with us in words!

    Wonderful rhymes always!

    I've added your adorable blog button to my blog. It's so cheerful! :D

  9. Fun poem, wonderful review and tribute.

  10. How fitting the observation that a book is a gift you can open again and again. So true in Shel's case, you can't help smiling when reading every time, no matter how many times you read it before.

  11. What a wonderful tribute to this poet who has been a part of my life since my children were small. I will get the book.

  12. Thank you! I'm so glad you all enjoyed my rhyming review. :)

  13. great review ~ I think I have to find out more about DR Seuss, Shel Silverstein

  14. A short story about Shel from the Dr Hook days in the '70s.

  15. @Bee - I still have A LOT to learn about Dr. Seuss & Shel Silverstein. :)

    @Steve - Thanks for sharing a Shel story with me! :)


Rhyming or not, I would like a lot to hear the thoughts my words brought...