Peg plugged in her 'lectric toothbrush,
Mitch plugged in his steel guitar,
Rick plugged in his CD player,
Liz plugged in her VCR.
Mom plugged in her 'lectric blanket,
Pop plugged in the TV fights,
I plugged in my blower-dryer--
Hey! Who turned out all the lights?
Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1932, Shel Silverstein is not only a great poet, but also a writer of children's fiction, an American writer, illustrator, cartoonist, and musician. As a child, Silverstein drew cartoons, and while serving with the United States armed forces in both Japan and Korea, he drew cartoons for The Stars and Stripes , the military's official newspaper. 6 years later, Silverstein worked as a writer and cartoonist for Playboy magazine. His first children's book, Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back , was published in 1963, and the folowing year Silverstein wrote The Giving Tree which achieved him fame. His poetry was humorous and entertaining, but some critics consider his work to be superficial and commercial. Silverstein composed and performed music throughout his career, and has writted song lyrics that are humorous. In the 1980's, Silverstein began writing for adults again.
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