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A GIRAFFE AND A HALF by Shel Silverstein — 50th Anniversary Edition

3534942If you had a giraffe and he stretched another half . . . you would have a giraffe and a half.

And if you glued a rose to the tip of his nose . . .

And . . . if he put on a shoe and then stepped in some glue . .

And if he used a chair to comb his hair . . .

And so it goes until . . . .

A rhyming, silly book that is fifty years old this year, first published in 1964.  It is still a favorite and a great read-aloud.  It is filled with funny situations, mostly ones that probably never could happen except in one’s imagination (and seen in a book), but they are so fun and so laughable.

Shel Silverstein’s is the artist as well and has drawn wonderful black line drawings on white paper that dance with the rhyming words on every page.  This fiftieth anniversary edition has the original cover art from 1964.

Zany.  Goofy.  Fun!  You can’t help but love this silly book and the giraffe which gets into all kinds of crazy situations.

Reading Level: 4 – 8 Years

Shel Silverstein is the author-artist of many beloved books of prose and poetry. He was a cartoonist, playwright, poet, performer, recording artist, and Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated songwriter.
He served in the U.S. Army in Japan and Korea in the ’50s and drew cartoons for Stars and Stripes, the American military publication.   He also wrote several songs.  His country-western song “A Boy Named Sue” was a hit for Johnny Cash in 1969.  His song for Postcards From the Edge, “I’m Checkin’ Out,” was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.   Shel Silverstein was born September 25, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois, and died on May 10, 1999.  He is remembered in all the smiles he put on our faces as we read his many books which include Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Falling Up, Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?, and Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back.  His more serious but wonderful book is The Giving Tree.

Book Information

  • ISBN-13: 9780060256555
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/4/1964
  • Edition description: 50th Anniversary Edition
  • Pages: 48
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

2869037_origOriginally reviewed May, 2014 on first blog site.


4 thoughts on “A GIRAFFE AND A HALF by Shel Silverstein — 50th Anniversary Edition

  1. I can’t believe I haven’t heard of this book! I am participating in a reading challenge to read 1000 picture books in 2016. I am adding this to my reading list! My kiddos love Shel Silverstein :). Thanks for sharing!


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