A Light in the Attic

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A Light in the Attic
A Light in the Attic cover.jpg
Author Shel Silverstein
Illustrator Shel Silverstein
Cover artist Larry Moyer
Country United States
Language English
Genre Children's poetry
Publisher Harper & Row
Publication date
1981
Pages 169
ISBN 0-06-025673-7
OCLC 7574216

A Light in the Attic is a collection of poems by the American poet, writer, and children's author Shel Silverstein. It was first published by Harper & Row in 1981. The poems for children are accompanied by illustrations also created by Shel Silverstein.

Controversy[edit]

Attempts have been made to ban the book from some libraries, parents claiming that the poem "How Not To Have To Dry The Dishes" encourages messiness and disobedience.[1] The poem "Little Abigail and the Beautiful Pony" led to more criticism for describing the death of a girl after her parents refuse to buy her a pony. This led the book to be banned by the Fruitland Park Elementary School in Lake County, Florida.[2] The decision, however, was later reversed by an advisory committee of parents and teachers.[3] Other complaints included the mention of supernatural themes, including demons, devils, and ghosts.[3]

Poems[edit]

  1. A Light in the Attic
  2. How Many, How Much
  3. Moon-Catchin' Net
  4. Hammock
  5. How Not to Have to Dry the Dishes
  6. Stop Thief!
  7. The Sitter
  8. Prayer of the Selfish Child
  9. What Did?
  10. Shaking
  11. Signals
  12. Picture Puzzle Piece
  13. Put Something In
  14. Monsters I've Met
  15. Rock 'n' Roll Band
  16. Something Missing
  17. Memorizin' Mo
  18. Somebody Has to
  19. Reflection
  20. Fancy Dive
  21. Here Comes
  22. The Dragon of Grindly Grun
  23. Blame
  24. Messy Room
  25. Never
  26. Day After Halloween
  27. Wavy Hair
  28. Longmobile
  29. Backward Bill
  30. Mr. Smeds and Mr. Spats
  31. Snake Problem
  32. Bear in There
  33. Superstitious
  34. The Pirate
  35. Hurk
  36. Anchored
  37. Unscratchable Itch
  38. Squishy Touch
  39. Important?
  40. Thumb Face
  41. Eight Balloons
  42. Ations
  43. Musical Career
  44. Anteater
  45. Buckin' Bronco
  46. Snap!
  47. Overdues
  48. Wild Strawberries
  49. How to Make a Swing With No Rope or Board or Nails
  50. Gumeye Ball
  51. Hot Dog
  52. Adventures of a Frisbee
  53. Come Skating
  54. The Meehoo with an Exactlywatt
  55. Cloony the Clown
  56. Tryin' On Clothes
  57. Shapes
  58. Tired
  59. Prehistoric
  60. My Guitar
  61. Spelling Bee
  62. Always Sprinkle Pepper
  63. Peckin'
  64. It's Hot!
  65. Turtle
  66. Crowded Tub
  67. Channels
  68. Hippo's Hope
  69. Whatif
  70. Sour Face Ann
  71. The Climbers
  72. Rockabye
  73. The Little Boy and the Old Man
  74. Surprise!
  75. Ticklish Tom
  76. The Nailbiter
  77. The Fly Is In
  78. Strange Wind
  79. One Two
  80. Tusk, Tusk
  81. Captain Blackbeard Did What?
  82. Magic Carpet
  83. Outside or Underneath?
  84. It's All the Same to the Clam
  85. Hula Eel
  86. Bored
  87. Standing Is Stupid
  88. Who Ordered the Broiled Face?
  89. The Man in the Iron Pail Mask
  90. Gooloo
  91. Headache
  92. Quick Trip
  93. Little Abigail and the Beautiful Pony
  94. Hiccup Cure
  95. The Painter
  96. Nobody
  97. Zebra Question
  98. The Sword-Swallower
  99. Arrows
  100. The Toad and the Kangaroo
  101. Play Ball
  102. Friendship
  103. Poemsicle
  104. Senses
  105. Hinges
  106. Fear
  107. Batty
  108. Union for Children's Rights
  109. Hitting
  110. Deaf Donald
  111. Have Fun
  112. Dog's Day
  113. Skin Stealer
  114. Ladies First
  115. Frozen Dream
  116. The Lost Cat
  117. God's Wheel
  118. Shadow Race
  119. Clarence
  120. Rhino Pen
  121. Push Button
  122. Kidnapped!
  123. Suspense
  124. Dinner Guest
  125. In Search of Cinderella
  126. Almost Perfect
  127. Pie Problem
  128. The Oak and the Rose
  129. They've Put a Brassiere on the Camel
  130. This Bridge

Awards and nominations[edit]

Winner of the 1984 William Allen White Children's Book Award.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Karolides, Nicholas J. (2001). Censored Books. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 42. ISBN 0-8108-4038-3. 
  2. ^ Rogak, Lisa (2007). A Boy Named Shel. Macmillan. p. 161. ISBN 0-312-35359-6. 
  3. ^ a b "All Because of a Pony Her Parents Wouldn't Buy". Bookslut. 
Awards
Preceded by
Peppermints in the Parlor
Winner of the
William Allen White Children's Book Award

1984
Succeeded by
The Land I Lost