Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook

Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook

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Overview

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.

And don't miss Runny Babbit Returns, the new book from Shel Silverstein!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060823962
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/01/2005
Edition description: Unabridged, 1 CD, 70 min.
Pages: 1
Sales rank: 785,102
Product dimensions: 0.00(w) x 0.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Shel Silverstein 's incomparable career as a bestselling children's book author and illustrator began with Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back. He is also the creator of picture books including A Giraffe and a Half, Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?, The Missing Piece, The Missing Piece Meets the Big O, and the perennial favorite The Giving Tree, as well as classic poetry collections such as Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Every Thing On It, Don't Bump the Glump!, and Runny Babbit.

Dennis Locorriere is the former lead singer of the pop band Doctor Hook and the Medicine Show. His own shows have always featured Shel Silverstein's songs and he was Shel's choice to perform "The Devil and Billy Markham" at the Lincoln Center in 1989.

Date of Birth:

September 25, 1930

Date of Death:

May 10, 1999

Place of Birth:

Chicago, Illinois

Place of Death:

Key West, Florida

Education:

Chicago School of Fine Arts; University of Illinois (no degree)

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Runny Babbit 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the book Runny Babbit. It was very funny because the author made up a language called Runny Language. If the words were high five he would write it as figh hive. It was fun to figure out the words and funny that you could understand the poem even if the words were spelled different.
PlainJaneVA More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my son when he was a toddler, and now as 9 year old, he still loves to read thru "Runny Babbit" and contemplate the brilliant play on words and turn of phrases. It stimulates imagination and wit for adults as well. I now love to give this book as a present to others with young ones.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my daughter this Christmas. We absolutely love it. We read the stories over & over. The funny thing is, no matter how many times you read it, you'll get tongue-tied. My daughter says she will reward me if I can read it with out making a mistake, it never works.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is as much fun to read as it is to listen to! Just make sure you read it to yourself (well!) before reading to your students, or you'll never finish it for all the laughing! Really puts a smile on faces, young and old!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the Runny Babbit language. I searned how to leak it. It is fumurous and hunny, and I cove the laracters. You too can learn Runny Babbit talk, just bet this gook.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're a lover of Shel Silverstein's work, you'll adore this book. What a dure pelight it is! I bought this book to give one of my grandsons for bis hirthday. It's a couple months away. He may never get it...or I'll have to buy a second copy and keep this one mor fe. The drawings alone are worth the price of the book...and the characters, oh my. There's Toe Jurtle, Skertie Gunk, Rirty Dat, Dungry Hog, Snerry Jake, Ploppy Sig, Polly Dorkupine, and Pilly Belican, all of whom hip trappily through bis thook. Oh stop it, Carolyn! I am a silly gittle lirl Who dines on choldy meese It gives me really brinky steath And makes my snandma greeze. Sorry, Can't help it. Enjoy bis thook. It's feally run! Carolyn Howe Rill
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a kindergarten teacher's dream come true!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Silliness, irreverence, truths, groaners, wricky tord play . . .how can anyone of any age resist Shel Silverstein? My kids and I are sooo glad that all these funny gems were gathered together for us to enjoy. What a treat to get more Shel all these years after his death.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My seven-year old loves this book! It has the appeal of total silliness plus the challenge of trying to figure out the correct words. I highly recommend this book.
jensenc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fun idea, hard to read and follow.
sarahbatte on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is written the way the title is spelled, in a backwards sort of way. Thsi is classic Silverstien. In one poem he wears a bowboy cat.
DayehSensei on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This Silverstein collection involves a signficant amount of word play (runny babbit; fappy bamily) that students will find hilarious and fun to "unscramble." This book will inspire them to have fun with poetry, reading, and language. This book has been a hit with any age group I read it to.
LainaBourgeois on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Flip-flopped consonants add to the loony, never-before-published poems of the late, legendary Silverstein.
mrs.mackey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Runny Babbit" begins with an explaination on how the author has rearranged words to make silly rhymes. It is a collection of poems with a bunny rabbit as the main character. The poems describe various things that happen in the bunny rabbit's everyday life. For example, in one of the poems the bunny decides to give himself a hair cut. He tells his mother the barber did it. When his mother scolds the barber the barber swears he didn't do it. The poem of course is written with the letters arranged abnormally. This book was very cute. I found it to be difficult to read. I had to read it very slowly in order to understand what the poem was saying.In the classroom, I would have my class try and write their own silly poem the way that Shel Silverstein wrote this one. Everyone who wanted to share their poem could. I would not grade this assignment. This assignment would just be for fun.
jkessluk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A collection of about forty poems with basic, cute, black and white drawings for each poem. The trading of the first letter of select words adds a cuteness to the story, but is a challenge for me to read, because I am constantly trying to place the letters in the right spaces. If you do not mind that then this is a very creative set of bunny themed poems. Pour Runny Babbit can't seam to get things quite right though.
Omrythea on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
By switching the beginning sounds of two different words, a billy sook (silly book) is created. The animal poems are short, fun and delightful to listen to. I love this!!!
jennyo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you have children who like wordplay and silliness, you must read them this book. If you don't, you must find some children and read it to them. But practice first. It's harder to read than Fox in Socks (another of our family's favorites). As you probably already guessed from the title, Runny Babbit and his friends have an unusual quirk, they tend to litch swetters as tey thalk. It gets sillier and sillier, and Silverstein's manic genius really shines through. My daughter (the five year old) got the giggles so bad when I said, "ficken charmer," that I was afraid she wouldn't be able to breathe.The page that sent them both completely around the bend was the one in which Runny Babbit sits down in a chair marked PET WAINT. It goes like this: His ears are stet and wicky, His taws are sticky, poo. His whiskers are all icky, His gur is full of foo. His butt is plue and burple, His rail is ted, indeed. Why? Because poor Runny Babbit Never rearned to lead.Something tells me we're going to have to read this one and the book of Ogden Nash poems we checked out from the library again tomorrow night.
tripleblessings on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Grade 1 to 6? Too difficult for preschoolers. Very hard to read aloud! You either love it or don't like it at all, since it's a one-joke book.
ohjanet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I bike this look a lot. It's not roo easy to tead aloud, but it's tun to fry wany-ay.
224perweek More than 1 year ago
Very hard to understand. LOL. I guess that's the point?? Anyway, It's just a bunch of poems turned into a story.
pegvg More than 1 year ago
This is fun to read, super attractive to children and a fun challenge to parent readers making it a great gifts-4 to 7
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book gives me a headache... but it also makes me laugh out loud, over and over.
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