By Lisa Rogak
Few authors are as liked as Shel Silverstein. His inimitable drawings and comedian poems became the bedtime staples of thousands of youngsters and their mom and dad, yet few readers be aware of a lot in regards to the guy at the back of that wild-eyed, bearded face peering out from the backs of dirt jackets.
In A Boy Named Shel, Lisa Rogak tells the whole tale of a lifestyles as antic and adventurous as any of his creations. a guy with an incurable case of wanderlust, Shel saved houses on either coasts and plenty of areas in between---and loved standard remains within the Playboy Mansion. all over the place he went he charmed associates, made numerous associates, and romanced virtually as many ladies along with his unstoppable power and unending wit.
His boundless creativity introduced him popularity and fortune---neither of which replaced his down-to-earth manner of life---and his kid's books offered hundreds of thousands of copies. yet he used to be even more than "just" a kid's author. He collaborated with a person who crossed his course, and located good fortune in a much wider variety of genres than such a lot artists may possibly ever desire to grasp. He penned hit songs like "A Boy Named Sue" and "The Unicorn." He drew cartoons for Stars & Stripes and obtained his significant holiday with Playboy. He wrote experimental performs and collaborated on scripts with David Mamet. With a doubtless endless flow of clean principles, he labored compulsively and enthusiastically on a wide range of initiatives up till his loss of life, in 1999.
Drawing on wide-ranging interviews and in-depth study, Rogak supplies fanatics a hot, enlightening portrait of an artist whose inventive spirit created the poems, songs, and drawings that experience touched the lives of such a lot of children---and adults.
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