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Arts & Entertainment - January 29, 2010

After the sidewalk ends

Beyond the kids' books of Shel Silverstein are his very funny — and very adult — one-act plays

by Kevin Kirby

Is there an American citizen between the ages of 5 and 75 who's not familiar with Shel Silverstein? The children's author and illustrator whose startling bald and bearded visage has grinned at us for decades from the back covers of such classics as "Where the Sidewalk Ends," "The Giving Tree" and "A Light in the Attic" died in 1999, but his books — still alive with Silverstein's scribbly line drawings and skewed, iconoclastic humor — are likely to be beloved Kid Lit standards for decades to come.

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