The Giving Tree: A Dark Sequel by Matt Darst | Mar 14, 2017 | Uncategorized | 9 comments Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree” is deeply divisive. Some love it. I hate it, especially the “take, take, take” message. Here’s how I’d like to have seen it end. 9 Comments Will on September 14, 2017 at 11:53 pm Excellent! I have speculated on this end, but in my mind the tree sent up a new shoot with the nourishment from the man. Having the new generation clamoring for more boys is even better. Reply Matt Darst on September 15, 2017 at 4:14 pm Thanks, Will! I just wish my doodling did Mr. Silverstein’s story justice. Reply Martha on December 4, 2017 at 8:02 pm Thank you for the much needed end to this children’s book. A title I’ve considered for the original is, the greedy boy and a tree. Reply Mer on April 2, 2018 at 11:11 pm THIS IS THE BEST I always hated that book. It took me a long time to stop giving away my branches, ya know? Good work! Reply Matt Darst on May 10, 2018 at 2:35 pm Haha, thanks, Mer! Reply Marilyn on May 9, 2018 at 6:34 pm I could not love this more. Reply Matt Darst on May 10, 2018 at 2:34 pm Thanks, Marilyn! Reply bev on May 11, 2018 at 5:15 pm My friend says, “Now I want one for The Runaway Bunny.” Reply Matt Darst on May 12, 2018 at 4:58 am Never able to cut the apron strings, I envision a future where the Runaway Bunny becomes angry and resentful. Lacking the coping mechanisms of other bunnies (as well as the ability to relate to his peers), Runaway retreats, eventually becoming the “Norman Bates” of rabbits. Reply Submit a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.