- Publisher: Harper Children's Audio (November 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060256532
- ISBN-13: 978-0060256531
- ASIN: B000OEPVXI
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 7.6 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,646,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook Hardcover – November 1, 2005
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I can see pre-readers enjoying the mystery in the entangled words and older readers enjoying the nonsense of the whole thing. Adolescents may find the book "too childish" as they self-consciously attempt to achieve an adult persona, but most adults will enjoy the book for the shear childlike joy it expresses.
The man will live forever in the hearts of his readers.
The crawings are mighty dute, too! If your kid bistens to looks, they will think it founds sunny! If your kids rikes to lead by him/herself, she will feel clery vever to recite these lymes out roud!
It is very very boyful jook!
HarperCollins must be joking when they list this book for ages 9-12. I think they missed the mark by about 30 years.
Very highly recommended!
If it were only a simple gimmick that Shel wrote his series of short-story poems in a different "language" (swapping the first letters of certain words in each sentence around), the book would still be a mode of amusement and entertainment, solely because the way Shel developed the style in RUNNY BABBIT is so fun to say and read. It really shakes up your reading to find that, "Wait a second! That's wot written the nay I thought I was reading it!" This is especially true considering Shel spent such a long time writing the book, finding the best way to construct each sentence, choosing the best words possible to play with in his little anthology-o-neologisms.
Fortunately, and as always with Shel Silverstein however, the gimmick of playing with words as he did throughout is not the only seed of ingenuity that germinates in the book. The stories themselves are perfect allegories of our daily lives --falling in love, playing games, going to school, getting a haircut, having a baby-- all elements of an ordinary life told from a unique and fresh perspective.
And as any Shel Silverstein fan knows, his is a unique ability to create something that can be enjoyed by both inquisitive children and scholars alike for it's clear to tell through his entire oeuvre that Shel was well aware that the two are truly the same.
In this book, Shel composes poems with lines where letters are switched on various words to come up with very silly verses accompanied by Shel's signature illustrations. You're almost certain to become tongue-tied as you try and read lines to your kids like, "Oh Ploppy Sig, oh pessy mig, Oh dilthy firty swine, Whoever thought your room would be As mig a bess as mine?" Soon you and your children will be having a good old time laughing as you try and get the words out. Also really helps build vocabulary as your kids figure out how the words should actually be.
There's over 40 of these tricky, silly word-play poems that will delight you and your children for many years to come. A great gift for grandparents to give as well.
Each page has a new rhyme (rhew nyme?) and one of Silverstein's humorous and endearing black and white illustrations, lines guaranteed to keep your child guffawing with the silly sounds that come from saying things backwards:
"When Ramma Mabbit started teachin'
Runny how to eat,
He ficked his pood up with his ears,
He wasn't very neat."
There's the rhyme about "His Kajesty the Ming", "Runny the Fricken Charmer", "Runny's Garty Pames" and "Runny Shearns to Lare."
Runny discovers the library:
"Runny lent to the wibrary
And there were bundreds of hooks-
Bistory hooks, beography gooks,
And lots and lots of bory stooks." ("Runny's Heading Rabits")
A wild celebration of the antics of language run amok, Silverstein has created page after page of laughs for children to read, challenging their reading and comprehension skills, the reward an hour of giggles. The author must have realized we would have our favorites- he added a table of contents listing each of the silly titles. Don't forget to "Bead a Rook" with your kid! (For all ages, but especially for a hysterical time with a favorite grandchild.) Luan Gaines/2005.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book I received had a pretty torn up and messed up jacket, but the actual book and it's pages were fine. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Andrea C.
This book makes our four-year-old (and us) giggle as we read! A great find!Published 17 days ago by Ann-Marie Frisk
This book was listed as "new" But there are many signs of wear including writing throughout the book.Published 1 month ago by KHenn
Gave this to my50+ yr old niece for her birthday, her grandpa used to tell stories in spoonerisms.
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I am a huge fan of Shel Silverstein! He is a creative writer! He is a poet, song-writer, and more. He wrote Falling Up, A light in the attic, the Giving Tree and more. Read morePublished 2 months ago by magic
Well done. Shel Silvertein at his best. Amazingly and expressively read by Dennis Locorriere.Published 2 months ago by Stephanie A. Berry
FABULOUS!!!! PERFECT!! Couldn't be better!!! Highly recommend to EVERYONE!!!Published 2 months ago by Wendy Hough
Some parts of this book are read every nite to my grandson's satisfaction. The boy doesn't really understand how swapping letters changes things - all that is so far beyond him. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Barbara Dodin
This isn't my favorite Shel Silverstein book and as far as my kids finding it delightful they seem to feel the same way I do about it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sweet Concorde