A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

A Light in the Attic

Last night while I lay thinking here Some Whatifs crawled inside my ear And pranced and partied all night long And sang their same old Whatif song: Whatif I flunk that test?Whatif green hair grows on my chest?Whatif nobody likes me?Whatif a bolt of lightning strikes me?...This 20th anniversary of Shel Silverstein's A Light in the Attic includes a CD of highlights from his Grammy Award-winning album.Here in the attic of Shel Silverstein you will f...

Details A Light in the Attic

TitleA Light in the Attic
Release DateOct 7th, 2002
PublisherHarpercollins Childrens Books
GenrePoetry, Childrens, Classics

Reviews A Light in the Attic

  • Austin
    Every child eventually discovers the perverted old man who wrote songs for Johnny Cash, did illustrations for Playboy, appeared on the Dr. Demento show numerous times, and managed to get a few books published along the way. For some reason, parents never seem to think this creepy old guy who was so fond of children was in any way "disturbing," something I'm continually impressed with in the "ban now, ask questions later" climate of modern culture...
  • Emily May
    “Do a loony-goony dance 'Cross the kitchen floor, Put something silly in the world That ain't been there before.”
  • Janine
    The feelings I have about Shel Silverstein's A Light in the Attic and Where The Sidewalk Ends contrast so sharply with the books themselves. I loved these funny, whimsical and sometimes downright sadistic poems with all of my young heart. Even now, I feel like I'm getting away with something when I think of Clarence Lee from Tennesee who loved the commercials he saw on TV. I am still afraid for Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me too who never returne...
  • Ronyell
    “A Light in the Attic” is one of Shel Silverstein’s best yet most controversial books of poems ever written. This book is full of poems about clowns, pirates, monsters and all manner of strange people and animals doing crazy things. “A Light in the Attic” may be too suggestive and morbid for smaller children, but older children will easily delight themselves with the silly shenanigans of the characters. Shel Silverstein’s writing is a...
  • Neda
    "The saddest thing I ever did seeWas a woodpecker peckin' at a plastic tree. He looks at me, and "Friend," says he,' "Things ain't as sweet as they used to be."While reading I noticed that I've had read it long ago.. But I just couldn't stop! I just love Shel!
  • Valerie
    Recently, I started re-reading A Light in the Attic with my younger daughter, who's four-and-a-half. I think when I first read it I must have been about eight or nine years old, because I remember reading it myself, and loving it. (I must have checked it out of the library about a million times.) What's not to love? Shel gives us such gems as:BEAR IN THEREThere's a Polar BearIn our Frigidaire--He likes it 'cause it's cold in there.With his seat i...
  • DJ Harris
    Need to feel like a kid again? Cozy up with this humorous and whimsical book of poetry. Kids of all ages are sure to enjoy Shel Silverstein's fanciful word play in this amusing collection.Besides reading this book myself, I also purchased a copy of this book for my children and grandchildren. It is a good book to get your children into reading. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book! Excerpt:"Somebody Has ToSomebody has to go polish the stars,They’re loo...
  • Gauri
    I read a little bit from this book everyday to my younger brother this past week. I can't remember if I finished this myself in my own childhood, but it felt like I read it for the first time, so I'll put this in the list of books I read this year. This is a book full of poems about jokes or about little lessons presented in comical ways. It gets little kids thinking and gets them interested about deeper thinking. Definitely a must-read for child...
  • N.N. Light
    Why I love it: Really? This is a banned book? Somewhere, Mr. Silverstein is shaking his head sadly. It’s a hilarious book of illustrations and poems. Silly poems. Its message is clear: use your imagination, laugh often and your life will be good. It promotes kindness, goodness and understanding. There’s nothing wrong with that.My Rating: 5 stars
  • Rebecca McNutt
    I really liked A Light in the Attic, and its oddly-optimistic style and cheerful little illustrations. A few of the poems were a little vulgar, which I didn't enjoy, but otherwise this is a great book that both adults and kids can have fun reading.
  • Stephen
    4.0 to 4.5 stars. 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.
  • Elyse (retired from reviewing/semi hiatus) Walters
    Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!! When I saw my Goodreads friend 'post' she read this book, I smiled BIG time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Ivory Blake
    Oh my! I remember how much I loved to read these poems back in elementary school! Such good memories, I NEED to own this.
  • Ammara Abid
    Absolutely brilliant. Every time I read it, every time I love it more. Many poems are my favorite, I can't write all of them here but couldn't resist myself sharing these two,The Nailbiter Some people manicure their nails, Some people trim them neatly, Some people keep them filed down, I bite ’em off completely. Yes, it’s a nasty habit, butBefore you start to scold,Remember, I have never ever Scratched a single soul.Zebra QuestionI asked the ...
  • Rachel
    Shel Silverstein was the author of my childhood, and I was surprised to find that, in (sort of) adulthood, A light in the Attic hasn't lost any of its charm. In fact, I've discovered new layers of humor and meaning I couldn't have processed when I was eight. I credit Shel Silverstein with my early love of poetry and, ultimately, literature. Recommend to anyone at any age, but a GREAT gift for a godson/ goddaughter, niece/ nephew, etc.. They'll ch...
  • Leona Carstairs
    As with all of Shel Silverstein's poetry collections, this one is fresh, imaginative and highly amusing. The cleverness of his poems often made me chuckle to myself and I love how well his poems flow. This is truly an "all ages" sort of book, and I can see both adults and children giggling in delight over it. The illustrations are also well done. This man was extremely talented, and I love everything he's ever written.
  • Cathy
    Shel Silverstein was misunderstood.He was a genius, but not an evil one. Just a hilarious one.His books are looked at with suspicion. But shouldn't be, because they are full of fun, pun, and literate value. Here is why this one was challenged by others, however:"features a caricature of a person whose nude behind has been stung by a bee; the poem 'Little Abigail and the Beautiful Pony' is morbid; imparts a 'dreary' and 'negative' message; encoura...
  • Amber J
    This was one of my favorite books as a child, and I loved being able to read it again. Even more so I got to read it to my 7 year old daughter and some to my 10 year old nephew. They both loved it. They laughed at most of them and my daughter commented about it being sad when it was a sad poem. I got two more of his books from the library and I'm very excited to read them for both myself and my daughter.
  • Beth
    Picture this,I am 7,its Christmas and all the gifts are wrapped and under the tree.I could see through the wrapping paper a faint outline of the cover of A Light in the Attic.I begged.I screamed.I was not allowed to open the present even though I knew what it was.But... I still have the original copy and read it to my son and because of my harrowing experience I love this book even more.
  • Luke Lafountain
    I am going to start out by saying I really loved this book. i have been getting into poems lately so i decided to read this. There really is no main story but is just a collage of poems. It is primarily meant for children but the values expressed in it are one everyone should know-no matter what age. Everything is pretty direct and simple so its not a chore to read. This is a very simple book that i think everyone should read.
  • Kathryn
    A load of fun to read these poems. I can see how they might be considered a little subversive by some and can see how they banned this book for a little while somewhere! I'd buy this for all my little relations no problem.
  • Jillian Haro
    These poems are so much fun! They talk about life in a very humorous way. And some of the poems are actually very profound, but simple to read. I loved it.
  • Carah
    Read this when I was a kid, and again recently with my 7 year old. She LOVED it and said she wanted me to read more of his books to her. It was crazy how many of these poems I remembered from when I was a kid.
  • Michael Strode
    In the pantheon of literature shaping my nascent creative flicker, Shel Silverstein remains a master of lunacy and language. Long after losing my appetite for R.L. Stine's "Fear Street" or the frightful suspense of Alvin Schwartz' "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark", Silverstein's whimsical passages continue to invoke nostalgic and thoughtful reflection. Of "The Giving Tree", my mother echoes the undeviating refrain that it is a woeful fable of a...
  • Amber Adams
    One picture puzzle pieceLyin’ on the sidewalk,One picture puzzle pieceSoakin’ in the rain.It might be a button of blueOn the coat of the womanWho lived in a shoe.It might be a magical bean,Or a fold in the redVelvet robe of a queen.It might be the one little biteOf the apple her stepmotherGave to Snow White.It might be the veil of a brideOne picture puzzle pieceLyin’ on the sidewalk,One picture puzzle pieceSoakin’ in the rain.It might be ...
  • Sam Kuntz
    I read this book with everyone else in the family besides my older sister and my dad. I always like the Shel Sliverstine books that we get from the library but they are all a little disturbing.That said I have many favorite poems like What Did? and Messy Room (I can relate.) I like all the poems (even if some of them are disturbing.) There are many ways to read this book ad the main to it is 50 poems at a time. All the poems mean something differ...
  • Carrie
    I used this book for a talent show in Jr High. I don't remember what poem I did, but one that I incidentally memorized along the way is still really funny to me. Crowded TubThere s too many kids in this tub.There s too many elbows to scrub.I just washed a behindThat I m sure wasn t mineThere s too many kids in this tub.I quote it for my kids and they look at me in shock and then start giggling. The imagery is just too good. :)
  • rinabeana
    This is one of my childhood favorites. I've had it for years and it's all battered because I've read the poems so often. Oddly enough, it's the only book of Silverstein's poems that I own, though I'm familiar with many more of his poems. This one will always be my favorite, though. I can recite so many of the poems from memory. If you ever need to be cheered up, I'd recommend this book!
  • Jeanette
    Alas, there will never be another Shel Silverstein...boo hoo.