When I first picked up a copy of “Where the Sidewalk Ends”, I didn’t realize that it was a book of poetry. My older brother just told me that it was a good book and that I should read it, so of course I did. To be perfectly honest, I probably wouldn’t have started reading it if I’d known it was poetry, but once I opened the cover it was too late to quit. Shel Silverstein’s hilarious line drawings sucked me in, and the outrageous verses kept me turning the pages.
This is a poetry book for boys who don’t like poetry, so it quickly became one of my favorites. I really appreciated the fact that you can open it to any page and pick a poem to read at random, so there’s no need to read the book from beginning to end. Of course, you’ll undoubtedly end up with a few (or a few dozen) favorite poems, so there’s a handy index included at the back of the book. Silverstein wrote many other books, including a couple other compilations of poems, so there’s a lot more to enjoy after you finish “Where the Sidewalk Ends”!
One thing I enjoyed about Silverstein’s writing style is that he’s just so much fun! The silly poems and outrageous drawings will get a laugh out of almost anyone. Also, this book is a great inspiration for your own writing projects. The topics are simple, dealing with things like chores or annoying siblings. Even a kid who never thought about writing poetry would be tempted to put a few verses down on paper after reading Silverstein’s work!