By Shel Silverstein
HarperCollins, $17.99, 112 pages
Award winning author and artist Shel Silverstein is celebrated in this special 50th anniversary edition of Don’t Bump the Glump! and Other Fantasies. With the same splendid sense of humor and original tale that captivated readers decades ago, a new generation of youngsters is sure to fall in love with Silverstein’s signature style.
“Now the bears and the bees and the chimpanzees
Are creatures with which we’re familiar
But what do we know of the Humplebacked Mo…”
Don’t Bump the Glump! and Other Fantasies is sure to generate giggles for its silly and imaginary creatures brought to life with quirky rhymes. Every single page offers a dose of comedy and learning with more than four dozen individual creatures. A wild herd of Gazites, Wiscs, Phants, and Zumbies inspire discovery, invention, and play on and off the page.
Silverstein offers a dual punch of fun with a delightful introduction to rhyme and word play, while tickling funny bones with his nonsensical humor and wit. While the made-up creature names are unlike any children have seen before, the language is clear to read and understand for children and lifelong kids-at-heart.
Reviewed by Lori A. May