A Conversation with Shel Silverstein
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.
Come on, Shel! Have a seat on the deck and let’s chat. You love the deck!
Thanks, Shel. Feel free to grab a chair, by the way.
Now, the first thing I want you to know is that I think you’re a great writer.
I knew that would make you smile!
Wait, what are you looking at?
You seem distracted, Shel. I’m gonna need you to 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.
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 . . .
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!
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.
What’s with the skeptical look? I’m serious!
Seriously! They’re amazing!
Also, where’d you get that shirt?
Alright – that was pushing it. Catch you later, Shel.
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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 email@example.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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