A Light in the Attic
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|A Light in the Attic|
|Cover artist||Larry Moyer|
|Publisher||Harper & Row|
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.
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. 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. The decision, however, was later reversed by an advisory committee of parents and teachers. Other complaints included the mention of supernatural themes, including demons, devils, and ghosts.
- A Light in the Attic
- How Many, How Much
- Moon-Catchin' Net
- How Not to Have to Dry the Dishes
- Stop Thief! – What happens when someone steals a man's knees.
- The Sitter
- Prayer of the Selfish Child
- What Did? – What some objects say to other objects.
- Shaking – A girl tries to make a milkshake by shaking a cow.
- Picture Puzzle Piece
- Put Something In
- Monsters I've Met
- Rock 'n' Roll Band – A few children wonder what it would be like to be a rock band.
- Something Missing – A man gets dressed, not realizing he forgot his pants.
- Memorizin' Mo
- Somebody Has to
- Fancy Dive
- Here Comes
- The Dragon of Grindly Grun
- Messy Room
- Day After Halloween – Someone tries to sell monster heads the day right after Halloween.
- Wavy Hair – A man tries to shave his wavy hair, until he accidentally shaves his whole body instead.
- Backward Bill – A story about a cowboy who does everything backwards.
- Mr. Smeds and Mr. Spats
- Snake Problem
- Bear in There
- The Pirate
- Unscratchable Itch
- Squishy Touch – A girl has a problem: Whatever she touches turns to raspberry Jell-O.
- Thumb Face – A man suffers having a face on his thumb that thinks everything the man does is funny.
- Homework Machine – A girl tries to use a machine to do her homework, but the answers come out wrong.
- Eight Balloons
- Musical Career – A girl has trouble when trying to play the piano.
- Anteater – Someone buys an anteater who eats their aunt.
- Buckin' Bronco
- Snap! – A girl gets caught in an umbrella.
- Wild Strawberries
- How to Make a Swing With No Rope or Board or Nails
- Gumeye Ball
- Hot Dog
- Adventures of a Frisbee
- Come Skating
- The Meehoo with an Exactlywatt – Two creatures approach someone's door.
- Cloony the Clown – A clown tries to be funny, bu he isn't funny enough.
- Tryin' On Clothes – A child struggles to put on other people's clothes.
- My Guitar
- Spelling Bee
- Always Sprinkle Pepper – A child puts pepper in their hair to be safe from an evil witch.
- It's Hot!
- Crowded Tub
- Hippo's Hope
- Whatif – A child worries about what might happen to them.
- Sour Face Ann – A girl gets a fur coat, but then it attracts fleas.
- The Climbers
- The Little Boy and the Old Man
- Ticklish Tom – A boy rolls around when someone or something tickles him.
- The Nailbiter
- The Fly Is In
- Strange Wind
- One Two
- Tusk, Tusk
- Captain Blackbeard Did What?
- Magic Carpet
- Outside or Underneath?
- It's All the Same to the Clam
- Hula Eel
- Standing Is Stupid
- Who Ordered the Broiled Face?
- The Man in the Iron Pail Mask
- Quick Trip
- Little Abigail and the Beautiful Pony – A girl dies when her parents wouldn't buy her a pony.
- Hiccup Cure
- The Painter
- Zebra Question
- The Sword-Swallower
- The Toad and the Kangaroo
- Play Ball
- Fear – A story about a boy with a fear of drowning.
- Union for Children's Rights
- Deaf Donald
- Have Fun – A girl swims in a lake with no sharks, not realizing there's an octopus in there.
- Dog's Day
- Skin Stealer
- Ladies First – A girl keeps yelling "Ladies first", even though she's acting selfish and means "Me first".
- Frozen Dream
- The Lost Cat
- God's Wheel
- Shadow Race
- Clarence – A boy buys things from commercials.
- Rhino Pen
- Push Button
- Kidnapped! – A child makes up a story about being kidnapped as an excuse for being late to school.
- Dinner Guest
- In Search of Cinderella
- Almost Perfect
- Pie Problem
- The Oak and the Rose
- They've Put a Brassiere on the Camel
- This Bridge
Awards and nominations
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Peppermints in the Parlor
|Winner of the
William Allen White Children's Book Award
The Land I Lost
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