Children’s Books for Christmas

Lists are everywhere.  This one from the Honolulu Star/Advertiser suggests books for children – all good ideas for gifting.  Click on the title to read my review:

Every Thing On It  by Shel Silverstein

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

The Hunger Games  by Suzanne Collins

Bumble-Ardy  by Maurice Sendak

And one I haven’t read yet – Goodnight iPad

Every Thing On It – Shel Silverstein

Whether with his clever drawings or his wild and crazy poems, Shel Silverstein always knew how to make me laugh – and think.

His new book, Every Thing On It, is as much fun to read as A Light in the Attic or Where the Sidewalk Ends.  And, as always, one particular poem found me:


                                                           Underneath my outside face                                                                                                            There’s a face that none can see.                                                                                                             A little less smiley,                                                                                                                              A little less sure,                                                                                                                          But a whole lot more like me.

Shel Silverstein died from a heart attack in 1999, but his quirky humor and droll perspective sometimes remind me of old times…

New Job

                                                 Just two hours workin’ in the candy store,                                            And I don’t like candy anymore.

and good times…

Italian Food

Oh, how I love Italian food.

I eat it all the time.

Not just ’cause how good it tastes

But ’cause how good it rhymes.

Minestrone, canneloni,

Macaroni, rigatoni,

Spaghettini, scallopini,

Escarole, braciole,

Insalata, cremolata, manicotti

Marinara, carbonara,

Shrimp francese, Bolognese,

Ravioli, mostaccioli,

Mozzarella, tagliatelle,

Fried zucchini, rollatini,

Fettuccine, green linguine,

Tortellini, Tetrazzini,

Oops – I think I split my jeani.

With over 190 pages of poems and drawings, you are sure to find something.

Related Info:  The Shel Silverstein website