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Runny Babbit (original 2005; edition 2005)

by Shel Silverstein

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Member:Savannah_Horton
Title:Runny Babbit
Authors:Shel Silverstein
Info:Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd (2005), Hardcover, 84 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:funny language, family, makes children laugh, rabbit

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

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Shel Silverstein’s final poetry collection, Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook, published several years after his death, will surely please any fan hoping for one last laugh with the popular poet. Although not quite as successful as his other classics, Where the Sidewalk Ends or The Giving Tree, anyone faithful to the warmth and humor of Silverstein’s poetry and illustrations will not be disappointed by Runny Babbit.
Runny Babbit, as you might have guessed, is a bunny rabbit. Silverstein introduces Runny’s world at the opening of the book as such: “They do thing and they say things/In a different sort of way--/Instead of sayin’ ‘purple hat’/They say ‘hurple pat’.” The entirety of the book continues in this way, with short poems typical of the author that dive straight to the joke.
Runny Babbit is the sort of book with the potential to either frustrate reluctant readers or be their savior. Most likely it will be the latter, as the rhymes are simply patterned and predictable, and a child should feel safer to make mistakes since most of the words are scrambled in the first place. Silverstein’s work has a freshness to it that does not fade with rereading; just the sort of author one would want to read as a child only to find that you cannot wait to someday read it to your children and your children’s children. ( )
  ARQuay | Nov 10, 2013 |
Gust jot done with seading Runny Babbitt to my ron.
He said, "Lad I dove beading rooks better than tovies and mv."
And of we go to the library to bick another pook to tead rogether.
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  capiam1234 | Aug 14, 2013 |
Gust jot done with seading Runny Babbitt to my ron.
He said, "Lad I dove beading rooks better than tovies and mv."
And of we go to the library to bick another pook to tead rogether.
( )
  smcamp1234 | Aug 14, 2013 |
I did not like it. Cause you have to change the order. Like bunny rabbit is runny babbit. ( )
  sirisaac | Feb 4, 2013 |
This is a very funny book for children and parents/teachers to read together. The children will be very engaged in the text, because of how the words are different. The will be on the edge of their seat trying to see what comes next. I love this book, and highly recommend it to children. ( )
  Savannah_Horton | Jan 26, 2013 |
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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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0060256532, Hardcover)

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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