Where the Sidewalk Ends (Audio)

Composer: 
Shel Silverstein
Artist Group: 
Recited, Sung, and Shouted by Shel Silverstein
Publisher: 
Sony Kids' Music/ Columbia
UPC: 
074643941228
Publisher Catalog Number: 
CK 39412
Length in minutes: 
38

Format:

ISBN: 
1564066789
Large image: 
ASIN: 
B00004Z3M6
List Price: 
11.98
Rating: 
5
Publication Date: 
1984, 1992

Categories:

Short Review: 
Shel Silverstein recites, sings, shouts, growls, snickers, romps, and laughs his way through 36 poems from his classic collection of humorous verse.
Long Review: 

The late Shel Silverstein recites, sings, shouts, growls, snickers, romps, and laughs his way through 36 poems from his classic collection of humorous verse. It’s great fun to hear the creator of these poems give voice to them – reading them with the tempo, rhythm and intonation that presumably he had in mind when writing them (or possibly just according to his mood that day!). In a gravelly, growly voice (a la Tom Waits), Silverstein sings several of the poems, including “Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me Too,” “Crocodile’s Toothache,” and [I’m being eaten by a ] “Boa Constrictor.” Silverstein knew what kids love, and the poems are loaded with an acerbic wit and humor, and an undeniable kid appeal – on such topics as haunted houses (“Enter This Deserted House”), nose-picking (“Warning”), siblings (“One sister for sale!” and “Someone ate the baby”), and gross stuff (“My Hobby” – which is spitting from the 26th floor). But there are also poems with more serious undertones – the senselessness of war in “The Generals”, and a message of empowerment, that for me sums up Silverstein’s charm, in “Listen to the Mustn’ts” (“Listen to the MUSTN’TS, child, / Listen to the DON’TS / Listen to the SHOULDN’TS / The IMPOSSIBLES, the WON’TS / Listen to the NEVER HAVES / Then listen close to me - / Anything can happen, child. / Anything can be.”

Reviewer: 
Lauren Mayer