Shel Sliverstien was born into a Jewish family on September 25 1930 In Chicago Illinois. When he was younger he never though about being a poet. He attended Roosevelt High school and later the University of Illinois. At the University he got expelled. He then went to the Chicago Academy of fine arts. Until 1953 then he was drafted to the army. Shel had one daughter shosanna Jordan Hashlings. Shel also had a son named Mathew in 1983. Shel died May 10th 1999 from a heart attack.
Shel began drawing by age 7. Shel started writing when he was 12. HE said in an interview he much rather would have been a good baseball player or a hit with the girls. Shels First book Take Ten was Published in 1955 and was inspired by his life in the military. In 1957 shel became one of the leading cartoonists in the playboy series which took him around the world. During the 1950 and 1960s Shel made a total of 23 cartoons. Below is a poem by shel sliverstein.
Messy Room by Shel Silverstein: Whoever room this is should be ashamed!
His underwear is hanging on the lamp.
His raincoat is there in the overstuffed chair,
And the chair is becoming quite mucky and damp.
His workbook is wedged in the window,
His sweater's been thrown on the floor.
His scarf and one ski are beneath the TV,
And his pants have been carelessly hung on the door.
His books are all jammed in the closet,
His vest has been left in the hall.
A lizard named Ed is asleep in his bed,
And his smelly old sock has been stuck to the wall.
Whosever room this is should be ashamed!
Donald or Robert or Willie or--
Huh? You say it's mine? Oh, dear,
I knew it looked familiar!