Shel Silverstein’s ‘Homework Machine’

My Homework Machine, Ode to Shel Silverstein – July, 2015-May 2016

Look closely, this is not a drawing. This is a photograph emulating a poem by Shel Silverstein’s poem, ‘Homework Machine’. I created this for my kids, avid fans of Mr. Silverstein. It took a year to get it all together, but it was worth it to give them this memory of how once when they were little, they were part of one of their favorite author’s creations.

We are fond of our books. Some books hold a special place in our hearts as we remember reading them as children, and others are newer books we joyously devour. Bedtime at our house is a ritualistic reading from our ever growing list of favorites.How about you and your crop of little people? Did you ever think of how fun it would be to literally (pun intended) jump into one of your favorite books, or better yet, let your kids jump into one of theirs? We have, and the result is a very special offering to anyone who likes to play pretend. Does your child have a favorite book, that has held a special place in their heart? Have they ever wished to be part of it? My kids did. Here is the result. I proposed the idea to them, and they chose ‘Homework Machine’, a poem from ‘A Light in the Attic’, by Shel Silverstein. If you don’t happen to be familiar with Mr. Silverstein’s works, (either you weren’t young in the 80s or you lived under a rock), you definitely need to know this poet of poets, a wonderful author who was exceptionally gifted at engaging children into his wacky world of meter, and aesthetic rhythm, where a long-haired boy could fly, and if you weren’t careful the “Googies” might catch you.

Your children will only be little for so long. Mine too, but I have this artwork forever. This now belongs to them. Once upon a time, when they were very little, they loved a story so much…

The original Shel Silverstein poem, ‘Homework Machine


My ode to Shel Silverstein’s ‘Homework Machine’


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