|Age||68 (At age of death)|
- “But Shel Silverstein looks more like a burglar or a pirate, than someone who should be writing books for kids.”
- ―Greg on Shel Silverstein
Shel Silverstein was a real-life American writer known for his cartoons, songs, and children's books. He appears in The Last Straw.
When Greg Heffley was younger, his father used to read him a Shel Silverstein book called "The Giving Tree" every night. The book had a picture of Shel Silverstein on the back, which disturbed Greg because he thought Shel looked more like and pirate or a burglar than someone who wrote books for kids.
After getting out of bed one night, Greg's father used his fear of Shel Silverstein against him by saying that if he did so again, he might run into him in the hallway. As a result, Greg stopped getting out of bed at night and still doesn't, even if he needs to use the bathroom badly.