Breaking Book News: New Version of A Light in the Attic

August 25th, 2009 by

Special Edition of A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

Special Edition of A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

Shel Silverstein’s A Light in the Attic is an amazing book for many reasons. The poems are clever, the illustrations are hilarious, AND it was the first children’s book to reach the New York Times bestseller list! First published in 1981, that was WAY before anyone had even heard of Harry Potter.

If you’ve never read A Light in the Attic, then you absolutely must pick it up — but wait until next month. Because in September, HarperCollins is releasing a new special edition of the book, which will include 12 previously unpublished poems and 10 new drawings!

And since I’m such a nice person (despite what you may have heard), I’ve done some online sleuthing and found a sneak peek at one of the new poems. Thanks to Publisher’s Weekly for this special preview:

Previously unpublished poem from the new edition of <i>A Light in the Attic</i>

Previously unpublished poem from the new edition of A Light in the Attic

Totally random, right? That’s what’s so AWESOME about Shel Silverstein! His poetry and drawings are all normal up to a point… and then they get completely wacky. It’s like when your parents make you promise to be really good and you say, “Sure, Mom and Dad” and give them your sweetest smile — but all the while, you’re crossing your fingers behind your back because it ain’t never gonna happen. In other words, this guy is twisted, and yet somehow adult-approved!

While you wait for the new edition of A Light in the Attic, I’d definitely recommend that you check out You can listen to two poems from the original version of the book, plus there are puzzles, downloadables, e-cards, and lots of other stuff. Unfortunately, no hints at the 11 other previously unpublished poems. Guess I’ll just have to get the book when it’s out!

— Karen

6 Responses

  • ickle me pickle me tickle me, too writes:
    August 30th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    I love Shel Silverstein, but
    I’ve only read Where the Sidewalk Ends.
    I really liked Hungry Mungry and Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out!

    Seems like a good time to pick up A Light in the Attic. Thanks for the post!

    • M.I.A. writes:
      August 10th, 2010 at 11:07 am

      A light in the attic is a very good book. My favorite was “The MeeHoo And The Excatlywat?”

  • Hahaha me writes:
    August 10th, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    I have A Light in the Attic, Where the Sidewalk Ends and Falling Up.

  • nancy writes:
    September 24th, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    It was a really good and funny book .

  • Noah writes:
    March 18th, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Love this book!

  • Noah writes:
    March 26th, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Love this book

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