HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Sir Silly: The World Where Words Play
Author: David Dayan Fisher
Illustrator: Patricia Krebs
Publisher: Sunnyfields Publishing, 2013
Related Websites: http://www.sirsilly.com (book), http://www.davidfisherart.com (author)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 8-12
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Fisher, David Dayan. Sir Silly: The World Where Words Play (published in 2013 by Sunnyfields Publishing). Do you ever like to be silly? Welcome to the wonderful world of Sir Silly:
“May all that you read
Give you all that you see
And all you that see
Make you read with glee.”
Sir Silly is author David Dayan Fisher, an actor, author, artist, and poet who moved from London, England, to Los Angeles, CA, and has since had a great career in movies and television. Also, he has written five books, three of which are for children, the other two being Puppy School and Oakley and the Grump. He says that he always wanted to play for a living and never grew up. Said to be a cross between Shel Silverstein and Dr. Seuss, Sir Silly: The World Where Words Play is a small book of poems for children who should never grow up and for those who never did.
I don’t care much for “stupid,” but I really don’t mind “silly” because “silly” can sometimes be fun. This book, with whimsical line drawings by Patricia Krebs, is just the right kind of “silly” that will have youngsters laughing out loud and adults, who will enjoy its play on words, sarcasm, and double meanings, as well. Slightly older kids will probably get more of a kick out of Sir Silly than younger children. The author has always loved to play with words and makes non-sense rhymes which are fun to read aloud. For example, there are poems about a cow which insists on meowing and consequently infuriates a cat in the process and about “The Croc That Eats Bad Kids.” Something important in life that we adults tend to forget about is being silly and having fun. If you like “silly” you will most likely appreciate Sir Silly.