|About the Book|
Every child eventually discovers the perverted old man who wrote songs for Johnny Cash, did illustrations for Playboy, appeared on the Dr. Demento show numerous times, and managed to get a few books published along the way.For some reason, parents never seem to think this creepy old guy who was so fond of children was in any way disturbing, something Im continually impressed with in the ban now, ask questions later climate of modern culture. If there are people who dont like Shel Silverstein, I dont want to meet them. Or, more to the point, you shouldnt meet them if that is an option.Children need to experience this kind of creepy / weird / funny / sad stuff, not just for their own sake, but for the sake of having a conduit through which they can make sense of most of the rest of the world. Knowing that Shel sees things this way, too, makes it all easier to take, and makes your own oddness that much more tolerable. We, as humans, need to come to terms with inexplicable and unfathomable in the world, and it wasnt until Shel that we began to realize that the only way to gently help our children do just that, is to let a perverted old weirdo with a large stack of Playboys in his basement lead the way.