Illustrations by Grant Silverstein
There was a naughty boy
A naughty boy was he
For nothing would he do
But scribble poetry
John Keats wrote “There was a naughty boy” in a letter to his younger sister in 1818. It is the word and sound play of a young man who would become one of the immortals of English poetry. Grant Silverstein’s wonderfully detailed illustrations bring the classic poem to life for young kids and their grown-ups.
John Keats (1795-1821) was an English Romantic poet. He published just three volumes of poetry during his short life, but his fame grew after his death. Today he is remembered as one of England's greatest poets.
Grant Silverstein is an American artist who specializes in etchings of a narrative character and in studies of figures, landscapes, and animals. He has illustrated three previous Paul Dry Books titles: The Battle Between the Frogs and the Mice, Davey McGravy, and The Verb 'To Bird.' Silverstein lives in rural Pennsylvania.