About twenty years ago I picked up a treasure at a flea market for a dollar: OH, THAT'S RIDICULOUS, with poems selected by William Cole and drawings by the irreverent Tomi Ungerer.
This is the hilarious book that pushed me into the world of children's poetry. William Cole was the gentleman who helped launch light verse into the mid-twentieth century, and today is his birthday. Cole was an early enthusiast of Shel Silverstein. This book was published by The Viking Press in 1972, two years before Silverstein's own big collection Where the Sidewalk Ends. I was fortunate enough to meet Mr. Cole at a Poetry Fest at Fordham University on the very day that Shel Silverstein died. Cole told me that he had a collection of several thousands books of light verse.
Here's a sample from the book, by an anonymous author:
There was a young lady of Spain/ Who was dreadfully sick on a train, / Not once but again,/ And again and again,/ And again and again and again.
Today my $1 copy is perhaps worth hundreds.
Oh, that's ridiculous!