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A Conversation with Shel Silverstein

Shel Brood

Hey, Shel! I know you’re busy brooding and now might not be the best time to talk, but I have something I want to tell you.

Shel Brood

Come on, Shel! Have a seat on the deck and let’s chat. You love the deck!

Shel Deck

Thanks, Shel. Feel free to grab a chair, by the way.

Let’s talk.

Now, the first thing I want you to know is that I think you’re a great writer.

Shel Smile

I knew that would make you smile!

Shel Smile

Wait, what are you looking at?

You seem distracted, Shel. I’m gonna need you to listen.

Shel Listen

That’s better. As I was saying, you’re a great writer.

Now I hate to say “but”, but . . . it’s about your author photos.

Shel Skeptical

Who’s idea were they?


Don’t look at me like that.

I’m asking because I just wanted to tell you that your author photos are . . .

Shel Brood

NO!!! Wait! Don’t go into brooding mode!!! You don’t even know what I’m going to say! Come back to the deck and have a seat so we can talk!

Shel Brood


Shel Deck

Thank you, Shel. The chair offer still stands, by the way.

Okay – here’s what I want to tell you about your author photos.

I love them.

Shel Skeptical

What’s with the skeptical look? I’m serious!

Shel Skeptical 2

Seriously! They’re amazing!

Also, where’d you get that shirt?

Shel Brood

Alright – that was pushing it. Catch you later, Shel.

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. This.
    Thank you, sir.
    Thank you.

  2. Oh, that made me laugh so hard, I have to share.

  3. Jenifer Ross says:

    ????????Love this!

  4. Travis. Amazing.

  5. Anna Sedenka says:

    I absolutely LOVE this post!!!

  6. Andy Leinbach says:

    I’m super amused by this; I had always had similar thoughts looking at those back covers…Thx!