Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

Where the Sidewalk Ends

Where the Sidewalk Ends turns forty! Celebrate with this anniversary edition that features an eye-catching commemorative red sticker. This classic poetry collection, which is both outrageously funny and profound, has been the most beloved of Shel Silverstein's poetry books for generations.Where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein's world begins. There you'll meet a boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale. The Unicorn and the Bloat...

Details Where the Sidewalk Ends

TitleWhere the Sidewalk Ends
Release DateNov 1st, 2002
PublisherHarpercollins Childrens Books
GenrePoetry, Childrens, Classics, Fiction, Humor, Young Adult, Picture Books, Juvenile, Funny, Middle Grade

Reviews Where the Sidewalk Ends

  • Steve
    His parents did well naming him Shel.He never did care to conform.What would compel a guy to rebelIf everyone knew him as Norm?
  • Emily May
    “I will not play at tug o' war.I'd rather play at hug o' war,Where everyone hugsInstead of tugs,Where everyone gigglesAnd rolls on the rug,Where everyone kisses,And everyone grins,And everyone cuddles,And everyone wins.”
  • James
    Book Review 4+ of 5 stars to Where the Sidewalk Ends, a collection of poetry published in 1974 by Shel Silverstein. What a wonderful book to read with children at any age; that is, both any age for the reader and the children! I first read this book when I was about 10-years-old, and then again in college. From the brilliant characters to the alliteration and rhyme, to the memorable lines and funny situations, it's one of those books where you w...
  • Raeleen Lemay
    I found a beautiful 40th anniversary edition of this at Costco and just had to pick it up! SUCH A GREAT BOOK THROWBACK TO CHILDHOOD WADDUP
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Where the Sidewalk Ends: The Poems and Drawings of Shel Silverstein, Shel Silverstein Where the Sidewalk Ends is a 1974 children's poetry collection written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein. It was published by Harper and Row Publishers. The book's poems address many common childhood concerns and also present purely fanciful stories. Based on a 2007 online poll, the National Education Association named the book one of its "Teachers' Top 100 Bo...
  • Jennifer
    There's a polar bear - in the fridgedare - he likes it cuz its cold in there!I wrote a report on this in the 6th grade and I still remember that by heart. That was the year I got braces and Chris N. butted in line when we were coming in from recess and I grabbed his arm and said "No Butting!" and he turned around and punched me in the face. The braces smashed into my lip and it bled so bad! I went to the bathroom with a girlfriend (I can't rememb...
  • Michael Finocchiaro
    This collection of children's poems from Shel Silverstein is a real treat. Each of the creatures and characters is fascinating and never overly moralistically drawn. There are lots of laughs here - both my kids adored these poems and were sad when I turned the last page. "More!!" they cried.
  • 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...
  • unknown
    I am crap at reciting from books. Sure, I know your super-famous opening lines and popular misquotations, but I don't really, like, pause in my reading to note a particularly nice turn of phrase so I can commit it to memory.Which is odd, because I have always had a pretty good memory for the spoken word and, especially, lyrics. When I was little, my parents found this most amusing. They would hear me playing in my bedroom, singing random snatches...
  • Marvin
    Look O Look!I see a book! A book that gleamsA book that screams Delightful thingsBy Shel SilversteinPoems and drawingsThat are not boringThey speak to me Like a tapestryOf childhood joysFor girls and boys Not just for kidsAdults will digThe funny rhymesof forgotten timesWhen they were youngAnd life was funSo turn the page Forget your age When the book ends You can start againAnd follow the bendWhere the sidewalk ends
  • Sita
    All I can say is that this book is amazing. This was the first book that my dad ever read to me and I loved it. I was re-reading it today and I normally don’t love books I loved when I was little, but this book is different. I still love it, there’s not much else I can say that people haven’t already said, so I am just going to end this super short review now.P.S. If you haven’t read this before I recommend giving it a go, it is a nice fu...
  • Clumsy Storyteller
    The best poetry book i have read so far.
  • Dunninghousehold
    Such an amazing book! This new addition has 12 new poems, and they fit in perfectly with our beloved favorites. The first poem, Invitation, sums the book up perfectly, and remains one of my favorite poems of all time:InvitationIf you are a dreamer, come in,If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer...If you're a pretender, come sit by my fireFor we have some flax-golden tales to spin.Come in!Come in!And once y...
  • Duchess Nicole
    This is officially one of my favorite children's books. I read this with my 10, 9, and 7 year old daughters. We all loved the book so very much, but I was really surprised at just how into it I was...I think the girls got just as big a kick out of watching me laughing maniacally as they got out of the actual book. I realize that I'm way behind on discovering this author, and so I'm just giving a general 'enjoyment' review. Silverstein not only ma...
  • Ronyell
    “Where the Sidewalk Ends” is another book of poems from the creative mind of Shel Silverstein, who is the popular author of “A Light in the Attic.” This book details poems about silly people and animals doing crazy activities. Even though this book has some suggestive content, children will easily be delighted in this book for many years. Shel Silverstein has done an awesome job with both illustrating and writing this book of poems. Shel ...
  • midnightfaerie
    One of my most favorite authors of my youth, Silverstein does a most excellent job of tapping into the heart of a child. Whether it be a child's heart in an adult or an actual child, the result is the same: pure and simple joy. Silverstein excels not only in rhyming, but his use of adjectives in the English language when describing things such as "icky, stick, peanut butter sandwiches" makes this a joy not only to listen to, but to read out loud ...
  • Connie G
    Delightful poetry and drawings for children written with humor and heart.
  • Sophia Triad
    The following poems are actually a very good summary of the stories that I love to read:INVITATIONIf you are a dreamer, come in.If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer . . .If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire,For we have some flax golden tales to spin.Come in!Come in!It's Dark in HereI am writing these poemsFrom inside a lion,And it's rather dark in here.So please excuse the handwritingWhich may no...
  • Alexxy
    TRUE STORY This morning I jumped on my horseAnd went out for a ride.And some wild outlaws chased meAnd they shot me in the side.So I crawled into a wildcat’s caveTo find a place to hide,But some pirates found me sleeping there,And soon they had me tiedTo a pole and built a fireUnder me-I almost criedTill a mermaid came and cut me looseAnd begged to be my bride.So I said I’d come back WednesdayBut I must admit I lied.Then I ran into a jungle s...
  • Sarah Swann
    This brought me such nostalgia. I remember reading Shel Silverstein’s poems as a kid. Reading them as an adult was just as fun! Some made me laugh and some made me think. I loved reading through these creative poems!
  • Gretchen
    Mommy and I are going through one poem at a time. So far I like it, but am rather confused by a few!!6/27/08--My favorite poem so far is Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me Too! I love how is sounds when Mommy says it.
  • [Shai] Bibliophage
    The collection of poems in this children's poetry book are really unique and amusing. One of the poems that I like is entitled Smart :
  • TL
    One of my favorites from when I was a kid. I remember this book along with 'light in the attic' always being checked out of the school library and not wanting to give it back when my turn was up.Re-visiting it as an adult, I found some of the poems I didn't care for but plenty of my old favorites still had me smiling and sometimes reading them again before turning the page.Just a fun book, highly recommend :)
  • Paul E. Morph
    A truly delightful collection of hilarious nonsense poetry accompanied by some rather lovely illustrations. I really enjoyed this and am glad I decided to buy it for my wife for Christmas. :-D
  • Meredith
    Incredibly entertaining poems. I do a poem a week with my 2nd graders, and our current one is Melinda Mae. Let's see if I can remember it from the top of my head:"Have you heard of tiny Melinda Maewho ate a monstrous whale?She thought she could, she said she wouldSo she started in right at the tail.And everyone said, 'You're much too small!'But that didn't bother Melinda at all.She took little bites and chewed very slow, just like a little girl s...
  • Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)
    “I will not play at tug o' war.I'd rather play at hug o' war,Where everyone hugsInstead of tugs,Where everyone gigglesAnd rolls on the rug,Where everyone kisses,And everyone grins,And everyone cuddles,And everyone wins.” These were quite funny and even funnier if you read them out loud.
  •  Linda (Miss Greedybooks)
    I forgot I had this book, - so long ago my art teacher gave me a copy - I memorized so many of these poems - just re-reading it now I am surprised at how many stayed with me. To hear Shel read them is an experience... he has a pretty creepy voice on some of them.Leaves me singing "On the cover of Rolling Stone".
  • Rottgrl88
    I remember when I first picked up this collection of kid poems when I was younger. Shel Silverstein has a darker edge to his writing. He is very creative with his story telling. The illustrations are fabulously creepy. While I am not the biggest poetry fan, I still appreciate this collection very much. His writing style and illustrations are so recognizable. I recommend.
  • Zainab
    Here's the thing, this book is adorable. It's cute and has got the most appealing drawings buuuut since I'm too old for this, I didn't really appreciate it that much. I'm not a fan of the 'glums and blums'- ya know,the kids stuff and never was. All in all,it's cute but it's not something I like to read.
  • april.
    So purely astounding. Loved each and every word of it.