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Where The Sidewalk Ends

Updated on July 8, 2016

I fondly remember having this book in my collection as a young child. I had requested that my mother purchase it for me. She didn't let me down. I received it as a gift for one Christmas. I had a love of poetry as a child. My interest in this book also had to do with the wonderful illustrations. This is a very imaginative book which is also very whimsical. I enjoyed reading. Most children probably would.

This book appeals to a child's sense of humor. These are the sorts of jokes that children really love, but they are also amusing to adults. Shel Silverstein wrote the lyrics of a well known Johnny Cash Song. This song is called 'A Boy named Sue'. This is the kind of humor which is the Hallmark of Shel Silverstein. These poems are written in rhyming couplets for the most part. The themes are all one which children can relate to. There is a poem about Reginald Clark who is afraid of the dark. I can imagine that I am not the only one who was terrified of the dark as a child. It is a very common fear and it is captured nicely in this poem. The last line asks the reader to please not close the book on him. As a child I might have stayed awake reading late at night feeling afraid to shut the light off.

The drawings are without color. They are black and white. These remind us of comic book illustrations. They are very silly looking pictures which match the humor very nicely. I would recommend this book to both children and adults alike.


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