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The Wit of Shel Silverstein Returns

There are millions of adults out there who were obsessed with Shel Silverstein’s poems in Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic at some point during their childhood. What kid could resist that magical blend of humor and storytelling accompanied by the author’s quirky illustrations? Now a new generation of children can enjoy a brand new book by Silverstein, and become entranced by his lyrical wit. This week, HarperCollins released Every Thing On It, a compilation of poetry and artwork that has never been published before. Though the writer passed away in 1999, this posthumous publication is not a tossed together collection of his lesser work. According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, the book “was culled from material Silverstein really liked but never found a place for in his other collections.”

Along with Every Thing On It, several other icons of children’s literature will be releasing new books this fall. The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories by Dr. Seuss (Random House, 72pgs) will hit stores next week. Also, a posthumous publication, this book is a selection of stories that Seuss had previously published in magazines during the 1950′s. Eric Carle, author of the beloved The Very Hungry Caterpillar, will release his latest book, The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse in early October. In this new work, an artist views the world as a child would, and narrates as he paints a blue horse, an orange elephant, etc.

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