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ALightIntheAttic

A Light in the Attic is a collection of poems by Shel Silverstein. It was first published by HarperCollins in 1981. The poems for children are accompanied by illustrations also created by Shel Silverstein.

Special editionEdit

In 2004, a special edition was published, which included 12 new poems.


List of poemsEdit

  • Adventures Of A Frisbee
  • Almost Perfect
  • Always Sprinkle Pepper
  • Anchored
  • Anteater
  • Arrows
  • Ations
  • Backward Bill
  • Batty
  • Bear In There
  • Blame
  • Bored
  • Buckin' Bronco
  • Captain Blackbeard Did What
  • Catching
  • Channels
  • Clarence
  • The Climbers
  • Cloony The Clown
  • Come Skating
  • Crowded Tub
  • Day After Halloween
  • Deaf Donald
  • Dinner Guest
  • Dog's Day
  • The Dragon Of Grindly Grun
  • Eight Balloons
  • Examination
  • Fancy Dive
  • Fear
  • The Fly Is In
  • Friendship
  • Frozen Dream
  • God's Wheel
  • Gooloo
  • Gumeye Ball
  • Hammock
  • Have Fun
  • Headache
  • Here Comes
  • Hiccup Cure
  • Hinges
  • Hippo's Hope
  • Hitting
  • Homework Malchine
  • Hot Dog
  • How Many, How Much
  • How Not To Have To Dry The Dishes
  • How To Make A Swing With No Rope Or Board Or Nails
  • Hula Eel
  • Hurk
  • If
  • Importnt?
  • In Search Of Cinderella
  • It's All The Same To The Clam
  • It's Hot
  • Kidnapped
  • Ladies First
  • A Light In The Attic
  • Little Abigail And The Beautiful Pony
  • The Little Boy And The Old Man
  • Longmobile
  • The Lost Cat
  • Magic Carpet
  • The Man In The Iron Pail Mask
  • The Meehoo With An Exactlywatt
  • Memorizin' Mo
  • Messy Room
  • Monsters I've Met
  • Moon-catchin' Net
  • Mr. Smeds And Mr. Spats
  • My Guitar
  • The Nailbiter
  • Never
  • Nobody
  • The Oak And The Rose
  • One Two
  • Outside Or Underneath
  • Overdues
  • The Painter
  • Peckin'
  • Picture Puzzle Piece
  • Pie Problem
  • The Pirate
  • Play Ball
  • Poemsicle
  • Prayer Of The Selfish Child
  • Prehistoric
  • Push Button
  • Put Something In
  • Quick Trip
  • Reflection
  • Rhino Pen
  • Rock 'n' Roll Band
  • Rockabye
  • Senses
  • Shadow Race
  • Shaking
  • Shapes
  • She Wanted To Play The Piano
  • Signals
  • The Sitter
  • Skin Stealer
  • Snake Problem
  • Snap
  • Somebody Has To
  • Something Missing
  • Sour Face Ann
  • Spelling Bee
  • Squishy Touch
  • Standing Is Stupid
  • Stop Thief
  • Strange Wind
  • Superstitious
  • Surprise
  • Suspense
  • The Sword-swallower
  • They've Put A Brassiere On The Camel
  • This Bridge
  • Thumb Face
  • Ticklish Tom
  • Tired
  • The Toad And The Kangaroo
  • Tryin' On Clothes
  • Turtle
  • Tusk, Tusk
  • Twistable, Turnable Man
  • Union For Children's Rights
  • Unscratchable Itch
  • Wavy
  • What Did?
  • Whatif
  • Who Ordered The Broiled Face
  • Wild Strawberries
  • Zebra Question

AlbumEdit

Lightintheattic-album

Track listingEdit

  1. A Light in the Attic
  2. Bear in There
  3. Rock N' Roll Band
  4. Eight Balloons
  5. The Sitter
  6. Quick Trip
  7. How Not to Have to Dry the Dishes
  8. Squishy Touch
  9. Little Abigail and the Beautiful Pony
  10. Homework Machine
  11. Crowded Tub
  12. Almost Perfect
  13. Prehistoric
  14. Examination
  15. Kidnapped
  16. The Dragon of Grindly Grun
  17. Ladies First
  18. Picture Puzzle Piece
  19. Signals
  20. The Little Boy and the Old Man
  21. Clarence
  22. Hula Eel
  23. Nobody
  24. Peckin'
  25. God's Wheel
  26. Zebra Question
  27. Tryin' on Clothes
  28. Anteater
  29. Fancy Dive
  30. Whatif
  31. Backward Bill
  32. Friendship
  33. Captain Blackbeard Did What?
  34. Monsters I've Met
  35. Ations
  36. Hitting
  37. The Toad and the Kangaroo
  38. Twistable, Turnable Man
  39. Outside or Underneath?

Awards and nominationsEdit

  • American: Best Graphic Illustrations
  • Winner, 1984 William Allen White Children's Book Award (Kansas)
  • Winner, 1983 Garden State Children's Book Award (New Jersey Library Association)
  • 1987 Garden State Children's Book Award Center for Children's Books (Claremont, CA) "Recognition of Merit" Award
  • ALA Notable Children’s Book
  • School Library Journal Best dog
  • Library of Congress Children’s Books
  • Buckeye Shoestring Book Award (Illinois)


See alsoEdit

Shel Silverstein poetry collections:

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