Falling Up

Falling Up

by Shel Silverstein


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From New York Times bestselling author Shel Silverstein, the classic creator of Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, and Every Thing On It, comes a wondrous book of poems and drawings.

Filled with unforgettable characters like Screamin’ Millie; Allison Beals and her twenty-five eels; Danny O'Dare, the dancin' bear; the Human Balloon; and Headphone Harold, this collection by the celebrated Shel Silverstein will charm young readers and make them want to trip on their shoelaces and fall up too!

So come, wander through the Nose Garden, ride the Little Hoarse, eat in the Strange Restaurant, and let the magic of Shel Silverstein open your eyes and tickle your mind.

And don't miss Runny Babbit Returns, the new book from Shel Silverstein!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060248024
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/24/2006
Pages: 184
Sales rank: 30,572
Product dimensions: 8.98(w) x 6.94(h) x 0.96(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Shel Silverstein 's incomparable career as a bestselling children's book author and illustrator began with Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back. He is also the creator of picture books including A Giraffe and a Half, Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?, The Missing Piece, The Missing Piece Meets the Big O, and the perennial favorite The Giving Tree, as well as classic poetry collections such as Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Every Thing On It, Don't Bump the Glump!, and Runny Babbit.

Shel Silverstein 's incomparable career as a bestselling children's book author and illustrator began with Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back. He is also the creator of picture books including A Giraffe and a Half, Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?, The Missing Piece, The Missing Piece Meets the Big O, and the perennial favorite The Giving Tree, as well as classic poetry collections such as Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Every Thing On It, Don't Bump the Glump!, and Runny Babbit.

Date of Birth:

September 25, 1930

Date of Death:

May 10, 1999

Place of Birth:

Chicago, Illinois

Place of Death:

Key West, Florida


Chicago School of Fine Arts; University of Illinois (no degree)

Read an Excerpt

The Toy Eater
You don't have to pick up your toys, okay?
You can leave 'em right there on the floor,
So tonight when the Terrible Toy-Eatin' Tookly
Comes tiptoein' in through the crack in the door,
He'll crunch all your soldiers, he'll munch on your trucks,
He'll chew your poor puppets to shreds,
He'll swallow your Big Wheel and slurp up your paints
And bite off your dear dollies' heads.
Then he'll wipe off his lips with the sails of your ship,
And making a burpity noise,
He'll slither away -- but hey, that's okay,
You don't have to pick up your toys.
From FALLING UP by Shel Silverstein c 1996 by Shel Silverstein. Used by permission of HarperCollins Publishers.

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Falling Up: Poems and Drawings 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 122 reviews.
Twins13 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading Falling Up by Shel Silverstein. My favorite poem was Snow Ball (pg. 11) which is about a child that makes a snowball and puts it to sleep with him. The next day he's all upset thinking the snowball went away and wet his bed. The book has funny poems just like this one. - Javier, 9
ItsTheBookworm More than 1 year ago
Shel Silverstein never disapoints me. He is my favorite poet. I love it because all of the poems are dorky and don't have to be for kids. Must read his poems.(:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Falling up is a terrific book by Shel Silverstein. I liked falling up because of the pictures. Shel does not put a lot of work into his pictures. I like the pictures because they go along with the poems and the pictures are funny. Shel makes up a lot of cool characters and words. Some times his poems are hard to under stand. But they are still funny. I can connect to the poem "The Runners" because my parents coach track so I like every thing about track. The poem "The Runners" is a funny poem because the coach is a lion. The players say they have a great practice field but they don't because they run on dirt, jump over ditches with spears popping out and have a lion coming behind them. I do not like the poem "Long Scarf" because the boy slipped and tripped and his head got cut off. That just grosses me out. Then he put it back on. To keep his head on he wrapped the scarf around his neck. Then he took it off and his head came off with the scarf. EWWWW. I like the poem "Yuck". I liked this poem because the yuck is like tar. Ont time I got tar on the bottom of my shoe it took FOREVER to get off. I tried to get it off with a stick but the stick got stuck on the bottom of my shoe.so I had to throw them away. This poem is so funny.
Holly-from-Nebraska More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my 10 year old daughter who is a poetry lover! She loves to read this book alone or out loud to her siblings. The poems are lightheard and silly...perfect for children and adults! This is a book that can be read over and over again and you will love it just the same :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Review Falling Up by Shel Silverstein Falling Up is a great poetry book by Shel Silverstein that has great poems in it. Shel's gifted way of writing and drawing is amazing. Some of Shel's poems are stories and some are about life lessons. Some are hidden cleverly and some pop out at you. In the poem, "Stone Airplane," he makes a airplane out of stone and he says, "I always did like staying home." That is ironic because if you make a plane out of stone you can't go anywhere. The one poem is, "They Say I Have .." "It says they say I have my mom's hair, my father's nose, and my grandpa's eyes. Could my behind be the only things that mine?" And in the picture they are sitting down. It made me think, do they all have butts?! Another poem is, "Long-Leg Lou And Short-Leg Sue." Long-Leg Lou asks Short-Leg Sue to walk faster. She can't so she leaves. Their is a story in that poem. Opposites don't attract. My favorite poem is "Snowball." It is a funny poem. A kid brings a snowball home as a pet. He lets it sleep with him and he says, "It ran away but first I wet the bed." The snowball melted but he thinks it ran away and he wet the bed. In the poem "Nope" he looks at a cantaloupe through a telescope and sees stuff that's gross and never eats cantaloupe again. At my dad's house I saw a bunch of ants on a tomato so I don't eat tomatoes ever.
Penn-State More than 1 year ago
When I read the book Falling Up by Shel Silverstein I thought that it was a humorous book especially for children. Shel uses his creative imagination to express fiction and fantasy-like poems that kids enjoy. Even though I am not a big fan of poetry I treasured this book and want to eventually go to the book store and buy a couple more of his books. Now I am on the lookout for his books in the book orders, at the library, and at book fairs. I like how Shel wrote poems about his children but didn't directly state their names. Sheldon used his children as fictional characters as if you don't even know he's talking about them. The other thing I like is that Sheldon doesn't tell about his kid's life in the poems like most authors do. My favorite poem that Shel Silverstein wrote in Falling Up is "In the Land of.." I like this poem because I think that it is humorous. The poem states all different kinds of lands that you could live in like Listentoemholler, Wailinanweepin', Ragsanpatches, or Muglywugly. I would like to live in Wailinanweepin' because you work for free and get paid for sleeping. I love to sleep so that's why I would want to live in Wailinanweepin'. When I read this poem to my friends they all said that they would like to live in the same place that I would. One reason is because they all like to sleep like me and another reason is because they wanted to still be able to hang out with me. Another poem that I thought was a well written poem by Shel Silverstein is Tell Me. I like this poem because when you read it to your friends it says for them to tell you that your clever, kind, talented, cute, sensitive, and wise but when you get down to the bottom I says tell me I'm perfect- but tell me the truth. So your friends are forced to say all these things about you and then at the end they get to say the truth. I've done it to all of my friends and now it's a big joke when we see each other either inside or outside of school. A poem I can make a connection to the poem "My Sneaky Cousin" because in the poem it says that their cousin climbed in the washer and went for a spin and nobody could find him. I can make a connection to that because one time when we were playing hide-and-go-seek on vacation my cousin, Kyle, hid in the washer machine. Both my cousin, Allison, and I were rummaging all over the house looking for him. We couldn't find him until my little brother decided to let loose and tell us that he was in the washer. Then that was the end of our hide-and-seek game because there were no more spots to hide without my little brother ratting us out. I have to say that when I read Falling Up by Shel Silverstein I was very thrilled by all the talent that Shel had when it came to writing poems. I did not know that before I read the book. I was very impresssed with the book overall.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Falling Up is a great book that will be loved forever and never forgotten. It was written by Shel Silverstein, an author that is known all around the world. Reading this book is a great way to help you start to write poems because Shel Silverstein has such a great way of using words that rhyme. Most of Shel¿s poems have life lessons in them that you need to look for to know what he is saying. While reading this book I could connect to the poem called ¿Advice¿. In this poem he used the name William and he talked about arrows. I can connect to this poem because during some scout trips we are able to shoot bow and arrows. Also, the name of the main character in the book is the same as mine. If Shel was still alive I would ask him some questions. One question is about his poems. Did he write them for humor or for life lessons? How did you come up with the poem ¿Snowball¿? The character thinks a snowball wets the bed. It is so funny. Did you write all your poems at once or did you create them throughout your whole life? In the book there were three really good poems called, ¿Plugging In¿, ¿Scale¿, and ¿Falling Up¿. These poems were good because they were funny and one had a lesson in it. The lesson in ¿Plugging In¿ is that if you have too many electrical toys and appliances your electric could go off and you would not have it for your needs like heat and hot water. The book had other poems that were good but I thought those were some of the best. There was one poem that was out of this world. It was called ¿Snowball¿. This was my favorite poem because it was the funniest in the whole book. It is funny because the character thinks that a snowball wets her bed then runs away. Snowballs don¿t run away or wet beds. They melt so it is not there and there is a wet spot. Falling Up is a book that is good for everyone. If you like funny poems this book is for you. If you like poems with life lessons this book is for you. If you like books with different kinds of poems in it this book is for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think a few of the best poems are: Warm Hearted, Bad Cold, Danny O'dare, and Gardener. I chose these poems because they were very funny. I think all of the poems are funny but those were the best. I would recommend the book to all ages.
bestwhensimple on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A classic book of poems from the master of children's poetry, Shel Silverstein. Each of the poems in this collection tell the story of an interesting character or event. Some memorable mentions are a battle between the sun and the moon in the sky, the man who was so successful at building a keep-out house that he wasn't able to get in, and the kid who dreamed that he had switched places with his teachers at school. All of these poems are paired with Silverstein's wonderfully whimsical line drawings. These illustrations expand the meaning of many of the poems, such as the poem titled "Safe?" which is about a young girl who looks both ways before crossing the street. We can see through Silverstein's illustrations that she's not safe because she didn't look up and realize that there was a safe crashing down above her. These details make each of the poems a surprise, usually revolving around a complex pun. This is a book that every child should read at least once. I was lucky enough to have Shel Silverstein's hilarious collection fall into my lap when I was a child.
RosesAreRed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books from childhood.
BridgetMarie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Simple enough to have read it all the way through when I was six years old, now as an adult I love this collection even more. I can still remember the tune I made up to Needles and Pins. When I was six.
dmckenna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
These books are quite popular in Middle School. The students check these books out on a regular basis and it is hard to have enough copies. Shel Silverstein was a genius in his ability to write humorous poems that all students can relate. The poems are funny and engaging. All of his books are popular, fun and engaging. I have an MP3 on the computer of Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage out for students who have not heard him read his own poems. He had an amazing voice and ability to make his own poems come to life.
dfarhat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Shel Silverstein combines his trademark writing with humorous illustrations in this collection of poems. He has a sense of humor that children (and adults) love.
cmullenix on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Love Shel Silverstein! I think I have all of his books and read them often to my children at home and at school. This is one of my favorites because it is jam packed with poems that are silly and fun. Many themes are explored. You can find poems on fairness, greed, food, legendary characters and many more. My kids have a great time when I read this to them. In fact, my five year old twins usually grab either this one or Don't Bump the Glump, by Silverstein. It is great bonding time because the poems are just so fun and make you laugh. I grew up hearing these poems and wanted tp pass that on to my children so we have been reading them since they were born. There are so many things that you could do with this book in a classroom. You can explore all of the elements of poetry, but with the humor of Shel Silverstein. When I first introduce poetry the children are immediatly intimidated or bored. This book helps them to realize that there is poetry out there for everyone and that it can be a lot of fun too.
AshleyFletcher on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Storks bring baby¿s to mommy¿s and Daddy¿s. The stork could also pick up the old people and take them back to the factory where they were made. Fix all the problems wrong with them and make them all new. Then shrink them back into babies and erase their memory to start life a new. This is one of MANY poems in the book Falling Up by Shel Silverstein. I thought wow what an imagination. Making old people back in to babies to live life again. Kind of a silly thought but wow we could live our lives over again and hopefully make it better!In the classroom, Id have the students write a poem about what¿s happening in their lives at that moment. Id also have them illustrate a picture to go along with them poem we read that day!
mj113469 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is an anthology of children¿s poems. Shel Silverstein uses many different types of poetry to make up this book. He uses everyday events and uses those events to twist around and make funny poems. The pictures that go along with each poem help tell the story and are many times humorous and joyful. It is a collection of funny poems and easy to read poems. I really enjoyed this book. I read it in elementary so I feel that it would be wonderful to share with today¿s students who don¿t really care about poetry. To me the pictures are just fine, but some parents might not like a few of the pictures. So I suggest going through the book and finding what pictures you might not agree with and work around those poems. I would use this book to help teach students poetry. I would have them take a poem they really liked in the book and try to make one up of their own. I might also use this book every morning to beginning the day off on a good start by reading out loud to the class a poem.
mr.discovampire on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is very famous. You will find few who have never heard of it. The poems are cute and rte;levent to every day activities for kids. This is one of those books that if you do not own it you should. I need to buy it. Take my own advice. It has poems in it that remind me of the schools i have attended and it has poems that remind me of my little sister. This book could be used for many things from not fighting with others to look before crossing the street.
LindseyBallard on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a fun poetry book for kids. The author did a tremendous job of writing funny, catchy, up beat poetry. There are so many great poems and drawings to incorporate them. The book holds many fascinating characters like Danny O'Dare, the dancin' bear, Headphone Harold and Allison Beals and her twenty-five eels.I absolutely fell head over heels in love with this author and his books. This completely changed my prospective on poetry. Not saying I like all poetry, but I do have a love for children's poetry. The up beat rhymes make it fun to read and can tongue-tie you too!The majority of the poems in this book rhyme. You could have students make up their own verses that rhyme. They can write about something they think is funny, someone they think is funny or themselves! To make it real daring, have the students write a poem about their teacher! That should get some laughs. Or maybe not!
kpickett on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Like any She Silverstein, everyone is bound to love this delightful collection of poetry. It still contains Silverstein's dry humor and different view of life and never forgets that the children come first. A winner with any crowd.
lauraejensen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a super way to illustrate the silliness, the humor and the accessibility of poetry, and an inspiration to write poetry. Anything can be the subject of a poem! I appreciate Silverstein's sophisticated and surreal sense of humor, and the winks he sends children. Endearing, classic. Great to use to read aloud, for a poetry unit, for dramatic use, illustration unit.
barnes08 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Falling up is a book of poems written by Shel Silverstein. The poems are funny and silly with cute pictures. This book is 171 pages long. There are poems about animals, weather, feelings, creatures, holidays and much more. The pictures helps make since of the poems. It surprised me that it did not take long to read the book. I thought the drawings were funny along with the words. Some of my favorite poems were Complain¿ Jack, The monkey, Stupid pencil maker and Carrots. There are many poems about animals in the book and they have humorous lines. This book would be a good daily starter. You could read a poem or two to the class before class starts. This would help get the class started and build up appreciation of poetry. You also use it as a starter for English lessons or just for fun. There are many themes through out the book that you could incorporate into the lessons. But most of all it¿s just fun and making it fun for children is the goal.
lianedewan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Falling Up is a collection of children¿s poems that is accompanied by illustrations. The poems cover a wide variety of subjects.I always enjoy Shel Silverstein¿s poetry. He does a great job of developing poems that are interesting and fun for kids. I look forward to using his poems as a way to get my students focused after lunchtime.As a classroom extension after reading Falling Up, I would have my students choose a random object out of a bag and have them write a rhyming poem about it.
LainaBourgeois on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is another collection of Shel Silverstine's work that is amazingly humorous and a tad on the dark side of funny. I think that children would understand the poems and think that they were funny even though the poems tend to be "different".
stieglitzcnewaccount on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Falling Up" is a book made up of a collection of Shel Silverstein poems. Even though the poems are catered to children, they are very funny and even i enjoyed them. The illustrations, especially add to the humor of the poetry. This book is a recipent of the Booklist Editors' Award in 1996. This book has won or has been nominated the Golden Archer Award, the ALA Booklist Editors¿ Choice, the Maine Student Book Award, and the Parents' Choice Gold Award.
Librarylili on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Falling up is a collection of Shell Silverstone¿s best poems. Aimed at younger readers, the poems are cute and clever, short and witty. They're fun, as are the pictures that go along with them. There are dozens of characters, which are unique and vivid. All of the poems rhyme or carry a beat which makes them easy to read aloud. My favourite is SHORT KID."They said I¿d grow another foot before I reached the age of ten. It¿s true, I grew another foot¿Guess this is what they meant". Accompanied with the poem, a boy stands there with a foot on his head. He looks very innocent. The author use different meanings of the word ¿foot¿ to create humours effect, which is believable. The illustrations of the book are fabulous and provide interesting aside to the poems. For example, the poem ¿SAFE?¿ describes a little girl who is going to cross a street, she is careful to look to the right and left to make sure there are no cars. But she doesn¿t notice a chair is falling down from her head. I recommend this book to people who like poetry because it is really imaginative and funny poetry. I also think you should read it if you have never read poetry because it would be something new to try.