The Late Movies: Shel Silverstein

Erica Palan

We've mentioned before that acclaimed children's poet Shel Silverstein wrote "A Boy Named Sue," the song popularized by the great Johnny Cash. I was thinking about Silverstein the other day and realized you guys would probably like more Shel Silverstein in your lives. So here you go, folks. Six excellent, memorable moments from his poetry career.

The Giving Tree

One of Silverstein's most famous works, this story of a boy and his tree has been translated into more than 30 languages.

Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me Too

This poem first appeared in Silverstein's 1974 anthology Where the Sidewalk Ends.

Backward Bill

This poem from A Light in the Attic gets stuck in my head sometimes.

The Missing Piece

This story was published in 1976. A sequel was published in 1981.

Sara Cynthia Sylvia Stout

This not-so-serious song about a girl who wouldn't take out the garbage is a Silverstein favorite.

Runny on Rount Mushmore

In 2005, Silverstein released Runny Babbit: a Billy Sook. It contained this funny poem.