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Shel Silverstein Rhymes About Hot Dogs, Italian Food

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Today is the official release date for Every Thing On It, a new posthumous book of heretofore-unpublished poems and illustrations from Shel Silverstein. The author of Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic applies his word whimsy and illustrative talents to a few food-related topics, including Italian food and the perils of asking for a hot dog with everything on it.

The book's titular work refers to a simple request for a hot dog that comes piled high with everything from a wristwatch to "a frog, and a front porch swing." Another piece, "Italian Food" begins "Oh, how I love Italian food/I eat it all the time/Not just 'cause how good it tastes/But 'cause how good it rhymes."

· Shel Silverstein's Poems Live On in 'Every Thing' [NPR]
· All Book Club Coverage on Eater [-E-]