Featuring a boy and a tree, the plot centers on both characters growing up and the boy having less and less time for the tree but more and more need for what the tree can give him. Because he kept a low profile and avoided publicity in general, little more is known about his personal life.
It is a place where shoes can fly. His pictures more than complemented his words. Kimmel, in Twentieth-Century Children's Writers, characterized Silverstein this way: "His poems read like those a fourth grader would write in the back of his notebook when the teacher's eye was turned.
The camera? And I won't give any more interviews.
Silverstein biographer Lisa Rogak wrote: The cartoon on the cover that provides the book's title would turn out to be one of his most famous and often-cited cartoons. He did not really care to conform to any sort of norm, but he did want to leave his mark for others to be inspired by, as he told Publishers Weekly: I would hope that people, no matter what age, would find something to identify with in my books, pick up one and experience a personal sense of discovery.
By the time I got to where I was attracting girls, I was already into work, and it was more important to me. And she convinced me that Tomi was right; I could do children's books.
But he could not play baseball, and girls did not like him.