Jimmy Jet And His TV Set

by Shel Silverstein

I'll tell you the story of Jimmy Jet --
And you know what I tell you is true.
He loved to watch his TV set
Almost as much as you.

He watched all day, he watched all night
Till he grew pale and lean,
From "The Early Show" to "The Late Late Show"
And all the shows between.

He watched till his eyes were frozen wide,
And his bottom grew into his chair.
And his chin turned into a tuning dial,
And antennae grew out of his hair.

And his brains turned into TV tubes,
And his face to a TV screen.
And two knobs saying "VERT." and "HORIZ."
Grew where his ears had been.

And he grew a plug that looked like a tail
So we plugged in little Jim.
And now instead of him watching TV
We all sit around and watch him.


This poem and drawings are from "Where The Sidewalk Ends" by Shel Silverstein, considered by many parents and teachers as one of the best books of poetry ever written. It is one of my favorite books when I was a child and I recommend it to anyone with small children. Even kids who "don't like to read" will love "Where The Sidewalk Ends." If you don't have it, order a copy from Amazon.com.