Fair. Illustrated hardcover without dust jacket, tight, bright, pages clear and bright, shelf and edge wear, corners bumped, would be rated higher but dust jacket is missing, ships in a box, tracking on U.S. orders.
Fine in Fine jacket. Collectible. 4to-over 9¾"-12" tall. Pictorial boards, 1 vol. (unpaged), col. illus.; 24 cm. First published: 1964. Firm binding, clean inside copy. First edition thus. Dust jacket protected in a mylar book cover. "Most of the material in this book originally appeared in Playboy magazine and is reprinted with permission"--T.p. verso. "Shel Silverstein's first poetry collection"--Jacket.
Publishers Weekly, 2008-03-03 Back in 1964--the same year that his Giving Tree was published--Silverstein's first poetry collection appeared; it was also his only children's book to contain full-color art. Reissued in a slightly larger trim size, this collection of 45 poems tours readers past imaginary creatures, beginning with a being that looks remarkably like a fedora but for the jaw subtly poking below one side of the brim and the four tiny feet beneath: "This is the Quick-Disguising Ginnit./ Didn't he have you fooled for a minute?" There's no question that the intensity of Silverstein's watercolor palette adds to the fun: the gradations in the hat, for example, distract from the "ginnit" details; more typically, they supply a punch that complements the puckish but simple shapes of Silverstein's silly beasts ("The Pointy-Peaked Pavarius,/ A creature most gregarious,/ Who's never taken serious,/ Poor thing"). "Silly" doesn't mean unsophisticated, by the way: most of the work was first published in Playboy. All ages. (Mar.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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