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The Silly Book Hardcover – August 3, 2004
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"Stoo Hample is the da Vinci of Daft, the Socrates of Screwy, and the Gershwin of Goofy. His book is mordant, scintillating, pungent, and deeply profound, but it's just a bit too silly for me." — Norton Juster, author of THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH — Norton Juster
"Stoo Hample's THE SILLY BOOK is more than forty years old and just as silly as ever. Me, too. Which is why I still love it. So do my grandchildren." — Mary Rodgers, author of FREAKY FRIDAY — Mary Rodgers
"THE SILLY BOOK is back again. It's the epitome of Stoo Hample himself. His crazy sense of humor and laughter — his unique frolic with the sound and fun in words — is like having Stoo himself in the room making us laugh." — Charlotte Zolotow, publisher emerita and children's book author — Charlotte Zolotow
"THE SILLY BOOK is — ha ha — so silly — ha ha — that I have trouble — ha ha — thinking about it while writing this — ha ha ha ha — blurb. I mean, have you noticed that the first two — ha ha — letters in Hample are Ha? I mean — ha ha — isn't that — ? It's so — ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Forgive me." — Jules Feiffer — Jules Feiffer
About the Author
Stoo Hample is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including MY MOM'S THE BEST MOM, YOU STINK! I LOVE YOU, and the international bestseller CHILDREN'S LETTERS TO GOD. THE SILLY BOOK, Stoo Hample's first book, was originally edited by the legendary children's book editor Ursula Nordstrom. The book became a colossal hit, and its popularity led to THE SILLY RECORD, a Boodleheimer doll, and other silly merchandise. This is a book for those who, like the author, believe in silliness. "Life," he maintains, "is essentially silly, or why would there be war, disease, and dandruff?"
Top customer reviews
This is why I purchased this book. I genuinely love being silly with my 3 and 5 year-olds - Especially at story time - With different voices, attitudes, and even mannerisms of the characters.
Well, I read about 1/2 of the book with my kids. NO laughs, silly looks (From the kids).... Nothing!! I read 1/2 of the book because I REALLY thought there would be an "A-HA" moment - Kind of an "Award" for sticking with it. If it were any other book (Barring the many positive reviews), I would have stopped after 2 pages, but I REALLY thought this book would be as special as the other reviews claim it is.
Sadly, the book is complete nonsense. Maybe that's the whole point and I just don't get it(??). It's nonsense like this (I don't believe this is in the book, but since I want to explain my point while not necessitating "Reading" more of the book):
"Roses are red, violets are blue, zoos have different marketing strategies, My brother just louthinbergring down the street in a brown shirt with buitiheronons."
Yes, make-believe words, and everything!!
Seriously, I can see where SOME readers may find this funny, but I truly believe that if you're one of them, get a pen (Notice I said pen, not pencil - Mistakes are impossible with this project!) and paper and WRITE one with your children. I don't think you'll possibly write one any more nonsensical, and THAT will be a book that you and your children will cherish!!
So, in conclusion, yes, SOME people will enjoy this book. But then, SOME people are obsessed with driving cars without seat belts, and others are happy with never experiencing new things. I'm not saying these are the same people who would enjoy this book, but rather, that there is always something for everyone. This book was definitely just not one for us. Definitely. Absolutely.
I got the Silly Book when I was 4 and it quickly became my favorite book. In fact, it is family lore that I drove my parents mad reciting "I want to see my Mommy a minute" on long cross-country car trips. I was able to find another used copy of the first edition several years ago and introduced the book to my kids, both of whom immediately fell in love with it. For the previous reviewer who claims the book promotes "speaking baby talk," I can only say that that person must have no experience with kids and how they play with language or their own child is frightfully dull, LOL. My kids delight in the word games and absolute craziness of some of the stories.
I was very excited to get an email last year from Candlewick, who had seen my posts about the book on an internet site. They told me about their new edition, but I didn't order it until just last week. It came today, and my kids (now 7 and 9 and both speaking rather well, thank you, despite their early exposure to the linguistic anarchy of Stoo Hample) have not put it down all afternoon. The new edition it should be noted is about twice as large as the original, has some new and/or revised illustrations (Chicken-Face is wearing a mask--NOOOOOO!), as well as a couple of new poems.
You have to be seriously humorless not to enjoy this great trip through the absurd.