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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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Hilarious, esp. for little ones - but not nearly as meaningful and memorable as most of the poems in the collections or as The Missing Piece. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
I love this book! The illustrations are just wonderfully simple and accompany the words on the page perfectly. The book is a very funny concept Runny Babbitt, the author uses a verbal error called spoonerism throughout the book. Spoonerism is when the speaker switches the initial sounds or letters of two or more words, often to humorous effect. Shown in the title Runny Babbit or Bunny Rabbit, the author continues to utilize spoonerisms through the entire book. It is impossible not to laugh as you attempt to read this book fluently. Since the letters are transposed the brain attempts to read the word as it thinks it should be slowing down the process in which one reads. I love this book and read this to my niece over Thanksgiving break. She is four and laughed the entire time I was read and thought I was changing the words on purpose. This book is also in a free verse style of poetry, seeing as I have never loved poetry I can say Shel Silverstien may have changed my mind. ( )
  FrancescaOliveira | Nov 29, 2015 |
Runny Babbit is stands out from Shel Silverstein's other works. All of the poems in this book are surrounded by the main character Mt. Runny Babbit. As you can see in the title instead of Bunny Rabbit it is Runny Babbit. He does this a lot in the text and it can be really confusing to read. These poems are not as philosophical as his other work, they are simply just for fun and pleasure. ( )
  Sleco | Nov 3, 2015 |
Runny Babbit is a poetry book by Shel Silverstein. This one is a little different than the others because it has a story line to it. It has main characters such as the bunny rabbit, however in this book, his name is Runny Babbit. The interesting thing that Shel does in this book is he uses spoonerism. That is when you take the first sound off of a word and switch it with another word in that sentence. This happens all throughout the book and I will admit that it is a little confusing at first and your brain will try to fix it as you read. However, children find this easier to read than adults. Since their brains are still developing it is easier for them to read this flirty because they do not have all the knowledge of the English system yet. I also like how this book still goes along with his theme of black and white. It looks just like all his other poetry books such as Light in the Attic, Where the Sidewalk Ends, etc. All the poems in Runny Babbit are cute and silly for younger kids. The books shows the adventures that Runny goes on with his other animal friends. The poems are easily relatable by children which will engage them into reading this book.
  brittanyyelle | Oct 21, 2015 |
This book t is a silly collection of poems centered around the main character, Runny Babbit. The language that the author used can be describes as topsy turvy, as the letters of most of the words in the language are flipped around to create a kind of silly language that is a little difficult to understand. I liked this collection of poems because it was consistent in its focus on one character, which you don't always see with collections of poetry. However, I did not like how the made up language made it harder for me to read the poems fluidly. For example, one poem called "Runny's Hans-New Brat," discusses how "Runny" got a "lovely purple pat" (translates to purple hat." None of the poems have any kind of deeper meaning, and are just for fun so I liked this book because of that. I don't think poetry ever needs to have a specific meaning, and can just be enjoyable for readers rather than make them think too hard about what the author intended for them to get out of the piece. ( )
  tmalon4 | May 4, 2015 |
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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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