'So let this be a lesson
to every shark and kid:
Just 'cause somethin' ain't been done
Don't mean it can't be did'
Silverstein throws in a few poems with a more serious tone for the adult reading along, such as "Wall Marks," "Dollhouse," and "Jake Says." He even makes a strong case for changing the Police Department to the Please Department. There is something for everyone, particularly if you are a pelican lover, as no fewer than five poems showcased pelicans. Silverstein's pelicans play baseball, fall in love, take children for rides and lay eggs. Or do they?
His denouement "When I am Gone" is the perfect call for the next generation of author-artists. Shel's shoes will be hard to fill, but I am sure that thanks to this man, someone out there will be struck with an idea for a silly something-or-other "anywhere and anywhen..."
In the meantime, if you'd like to sample a hot dog with a different kind of everything on it, I highly recommend the "Junkyard Dog" at the Dune Dog in Jupiter, Florida. Just tell them to hold the porch swing.