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Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook (original 2005; edition 2005)

by Shel Silverstein, Shel Silverstein (Illustrator)

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Title:Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook
Authors:Shel Silverstein
Other authors:Shel Silverstein (Illustrator)
Info:HarperCollins (2005), Hardcover, 96 pages
Collections:Your library, Senior Elementary
Tags:reference, poetry, srelem

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Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook by Shel Silverstein (2005)



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Runny Babbit is a collection of poems in one book. The poems are entertaining because they always have two letters in each other’s place.
Personal Reaction
I enjoy this book very much because it was popular in my household when my sister and I were younger. I also like that it a bunch of poems instead of just one. I believe that this book is a great way of integrating poetry into a younger classroom.
Extension Ideas
Students can write their own poems where they change the letter order in it.
Students can create their own characters and change the letters of their name and create poems for their character.
  CaitlinOH_22 | Apr 23, 2017 |
This book of poems is creative and funny. The author intrigued readers by a fun, tongue-twisting way to read words. A big collection of poem that makes this a fun read because the first letter is switched the second word.

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I found this book be fun to read! The words are very silly!

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I would have the students create a simple poem and replace the letter as in the book.
I would have the students work in groups and create a simple poem and help them identify how to write a poes. ( )
  CarrieDann | Apr 23, 2017 |
A bunch of funny stories that all have mixed up words. ( )
  magg247 | Apr 13, 2017 |
This book is a compilation of poems about a rabbit named "Runny Babbit," and it follows along the adventures and encounters it goes through, but the majority of the words are spelled incorrectly because the first letter is swapped with the noun directly after the adjective in most cases (ex: Howboy cat instead of cowboy hat). This is a good poetry book because it opens kids up to poetry in a fun, tongue-twisting, sort of way.
Genre: Poetry
Illustrations: Pen ink
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  KaitlynnB17 | Apr 7, 2017 |
Episodic adventures of Runny Babbit as he plays and interacts with the other animals.
Fiction (animals aooear realistic, events and behaviors of animals unrealistic)
Media: pen
  klum15 | Mar 6, 2017 |
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Way down in the green woods / Where the animals all play, / They do things and they say things / In a different sort of way -- / Instead of sayin' "purple hat," / They all say "hurple pat."
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Taken in dall smoses, this self-proclaimed "billy sook" is a fun-filled new (posthumously published) offering from children's poet Shel Silverstein, creator of Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, and other favorites. Completed prior to the poet's death in 1999, Runny Babbit was a work in progress for more than 20 years, and is populated by the likes of Runny Babbit, Toe Jurtle, Ploppy Sig, Polly Dorkupine, and Pilly Belican (who owns the Sharber Bop), all denizens of the green woods where letter-flipping runs rampant. In this madcap world, pea soup is sea poup, Capture the Flag is Fapture the Clag, and snow boots are bow snoots. Each poem incorporates the same kind of switcheroo wordplay found in "Runny's Hew Nobby:" Runny Babbit knearned to lit,/ And made a swat and heater,/ And now he sadly will admit/ He bight have done it metter." (Here, in one of many winningly simple line drawings, R. B. sits knitting one very long sleeve, which is labeled as such.) Children who have some fluency in reading will enjoy this bonsensical nook the most. (Ages 7 to 12) --Karin Snelson

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Runny Babbit lent to wunch And heard the saitress way, "We have some lovely stabbit rew -- Our Special for today." From the legendary creator of Where the Sidewalk Ends , A Light in the Attic , Falling Up , and The Giving Tree comes an unforgettable new character in children's literature. Welcome to the world of Runny Babbit and his friends Toe Jurtle, Skertie Gunk, Rirty Dat, Dungry Hog, Snerry Jake, and many others who speak a topsy-turvy language all their own. So if you say, "Let's bead a rook That's billy as can se," You're talkin' Runny Babbit talk, Just like mim and he.… (more)

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