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Runny Babbit Hardcover – 11 May 2005

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  • Hardcover: 84 pages
  • Publisher: Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd (11 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714533009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714533001
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 1.3 x 21.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,952,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Runny Babbit by Shel Silverstein is the antidote to the are-we-nearly-there? car journeys and airport purgatory.' -- Sunday Telegraph

From the Back Cover

Runny Babbit lent to wunchAnd 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 rookThat's billy as can se,"You're talkin' Runny Babbit talk, Just like mim and he. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I bought this for my 5 year old son last Christmas. It is continually by his bed and even though we have read it umpteen times it still makes us both laugh. The poems would still be funny if they were written normally. They are rendered really really funny by the swapping of 2 of the first letters in each line.
My son's reading is well above the norm for his age. (He's now 6). I believe this book has really helped. It forces him to sound words that aren't real words and then switch letters to work out what it should say. He's become quite adept at it. The simple drawings are delightful. It should be compulsory reading for every child (and adult!!).
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Was in good condition and I received it quickly. Used it to teach a unit on poetry. The CD was perfect!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x95a8ca40) out of 5 stars 171 reviews
72 of 75 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x948617bc) out of 5 stars It lights up even the gloomiest day 26 Mar. 2005
By Atheen - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Shel Silverstein's books are a treat for anyone with a silly turn of mind. I thoroughly enjoyed Falling Up and found the Giving Tree heart warming. Runny Babbit a Billy Sook is another supurb example of the writer's style. The characters are dear, and the poems are delightful and skillfully crafted. My husband and I read them to one another one Sunday morning when we were off work together and enjoyed every minute.

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.
99 of 107 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x952cd09c) out of 5 stars Sly on the Tripper, if it Pits, You're a Frincess 28 Mar. 2005
By bensmomma - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Runny Babbit made my daughter slit her spides laughing, because he balks tackward. In one poem, he cooks for Linderella (who slies on the tripper). In another he wears a bowboy cat. In another his Romma Mabbit instructs him to use his slapkin not his neeve. In a rancy festaurant he eats chied fricken and oiled beggs!

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!
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97650414) out of 5 stars Classic Shel Silverstein 7 Aug. 2005
By Aalea1 - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
What fun!! This is Silverstein at his best. I opened the book with a little trepidation, knowing this was most probably the last time I will get to read a new Shel Silverstein book. I quickly got over that and realized Shel's books were meant to be savored and read over and over again. As with "Where the Sidewalk Ends" and "Falling Up," "Runny Babbit" was written by a man who was just a little kid at heart. I had trouble reading it out loud the first time but kids won't miss a beat. His books bring out the kid in all of us and are the most perfect gift for the young and young at heart. All Silverstein books are priced inexpensively to make them more accessible to kids, a huge plus since his books are keepers and givers.
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!
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x975b6564) out of 5 stars Shel's dack from the bead! 17 Mar. 2005
By Mathew Klickstein - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Posthumously released six years after Shel Silverstein's passing away, RUNNY BABBIT has as much pertinence today as it would have then, or even the twenty-five years ago Shel began working on his little opus.

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.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95f03f90) out of 5 stars MORE BRILLIANCE FROM SHEL 30 Mar. 2005
By Tim Janson - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Six years after his passing comes this fitfully funny and silly new children's book, "Runny Babbit". Anyone who has young kids is sure to have at least one of Shel's books. They should be handed out at the hospital when you leave home with your new baby...they are that good!

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.
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