Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook
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, Du...more
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The story's main protagonist is Runny Babbit whose actual name is Bunny Rabbit but for unknown reason he and all th...more
This story is about a rabbit on a simple adventure, however the clever quirk that the author inhibits within the story is to change the first letter of certain words with another letter of a word e.g runny Babbit.
This book would be great to use as a game during a phonics lesson or just at the end of the day before the children go home. They could challenge the...more
I read this together with my daughter, and...more
Dankee Yoodle tent to wown
Piding on a rony
He stuck a heather in his fat
And malled it cacaroni
This kind of wordplay is likely to produce gales of laughter in a preschool/elemen...more
Number of pages: 89
Grade level/age: 9-12
In the Green Woods, all the animals talk strangely. They wix up their mords, like this. They call this dialect, Runny Babbit talk.
I personally love Shel Silverstein. When looking for books to add to this bibliography, I came across the Runny Babbit and knew I just had to include it! I love that he mixes up the first letter of two words. I guess it reminds me of my dad's sense of humor. At any r...more
I read this book and I thought it was going to be a funny, cheerful poetry book, for I have already read most of Shel Silverstein's poetry books. I mean I thought the book was okay, but with the words mixed up, it made me REALLY confused. When I thought the book would be an actual STORY, it ended up being just words that made no sense. I think the book would have been a better story with the mixed up letters if the plot was a lot better! It was just about a bunny's life, not his troubles, or any...more
According to the inside cover, preceding his death, Shel Silverstein had merely complied this book, it took outside assistance to have “Runny Babbit” published. Silverstein is famous for his unique style, but this particular collection of poems is even more unconventional; in every poem found in this book (from the title to the closing poem) he takes the first letter from one word and switches it with another in that sentence creating nonsense wor...more
This is my favorite example (not from the book). I probably sang this in the car a dozen times over the holidays... the kids always think it's funny (I can be a bit of a comedian around my kids and their friends in case you didn't suspect).:
Snashing through the dough
In a one-horse sopen leigh
O'er the gields we foe
I love theses books because I can understand them easily. It has pictures on every page and I loved reading it. Me and my mom read it together because she bought it for me when i was little and i just now decided to read it after reading "A Light In The Attic" and "Where The Sidewalk Ends".
I think She...more
Illustrations look like they were drawn with pencil.
I am a big fan of the author and this is a book he finished writing before his passing but didn't get published until after. It's fun to read and just like his other books of poetry, this one is quite silly. I attempted to read a few poems from this book out loud to my peers during a children's literature presentation once and it was very difficult! I enjoy...more
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 saying' "purple hat,"
They all say "hurple pat."
Instead of sayin' "feed the cat,"
They just say "ceed the fat."
So if you say, "Let's bead a rook
That's billy as can se,"
You're talkin' Run...more
Using silly poetry, children are brought into the world of Runny Babbit. The world has its own silly language and children will love to decode. With easy to say rhymes, goofy sketch illus...more
Classroom Application: Runny Babbit focuses on a key reading skill, cal...more
Simple pencil illustrations highlight Silverstein's hilarious tackward bext. Every few words are written with the beginning letters switched, causing tongue-twisting, silly sayings with which children will find delight. It's "a Billy Sook," through and through and allows the reader or listener to see how humorous and fun--yet still meaningful--nonsense words can be. A few of my favorites are "Runny the Ficken Charmer" and "Calley At's Kittle Litten."...more
I once saw the comedic group The Capitol Steps and they used this type of humor in a parody of the Michael Jackson child abuse scandal. I have since hear them on the radio using this style of humor for more recent political events. I thought they were genius (and they have adapted this style well) but I guess the original credit for t...more