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Runny Babbit

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  6,590 ratings  ·  444 reviews
Runny Babbit lent to wunch

And 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, Dun
Published November 1st 2005 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2005)
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K.D. Absolutely
Definitely a very creative work of Shel Silverstein (1930-1999) who is also the author of the 1964 book, "The Giving Tree" that I enjoyed so much I bought copies of which and gave away to my friends. I think I did that in 2001 not knowing that he just died a couple of years back. I also only learned that he's already dead by reading the Wiki while composing this review. Felt so sad.

The story's main protagonist is Runny Babbit whose actual name is Bunny Rabbit but for unknown reason he and all th
I have never, ever, ever heard my son laugh as hard as he does when his dad reads this book to him. If you had a syndrome whereby smiling would kill you, and you heard Henry chortling uncontrollably while reading Runny Babbit, you would smile despite yourself, and then you would die. What was my point? It's a good book.
I have a disease. It is called R.E.B.S. syndrome. The R.E.B.S. syndrome is a rare and unconventional disease that has been the bane of many authors/readers. It is a psychologically degenerative affliction that rapidly abrogates common sense in place of an impulsive literary kleptomania. R.E.B.S. syndrome is particularly dangerous in crowded, densely populated libraries where one has the misfortune of being locked into and killed by rabid bookends and/or renegade thesaurus junkies. You ...more
Skylar Burris
This was published posthumously, as, I believe, was Shel Silverstein’s first collection of poems (Don’t Bump the Glump), and I am glad to have a chance, as an adult, to read two more books from the pen of my favorite childhood poet. In many ways, Runny Babbit is a typical collection of Shel Silverstein poetry, but with two differences from his norm: they all deal with the same central character (Runny Babbit), and the letters of some words are switched.

I read this together with my daughter, and
Harun Harahap
Baca buku ini menantang banget karena harus hati-hati bacanya. Kenapa? Karena hurufnya ketuker-ketuker, tapi seru.
L13_F Sandra
I listened to this on CD while reading the book at the same time. It was read by Dennis Locorriere who has sort of a scratchy voice but he made it very entertaining. I tried to listen to it without looking at the book but it was so difficult to understand without seeing the pictures and words. It sounded like "Jive Talk" and there were a few parts that sounded like the reader was swearing like when he said "fookin' for a light!" in the poem Killy The Bid. This made up language took some getting ...more
Tanya W
We really like this book... a book of spoonerisms. I like it especially since I like to randomly talk or sing switching the first consonants in words near each other!

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).:

Bingle Jells
Snashing through the dough
In a one-horse sopen leigh
O'er the gields we foe
Katherine Dyson
This book certainly kept me entertained while I tried to read the jumbled up words and try and make sense of the sentences I was reading.
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
This book has a town of animals that speak a total different way. They switch the first letters of every word they say!This book was written by Shel Silverstein about a young rabbit with a big imagination who everyone makes fun of.

This book was one of the WORST books I've ever read.I probably only read the first 10 pages before I turned it back into the library.I mean half of the time I couldn't even understand what they were talking about because the letters were mixed up.I bet you,if I can't
Apr 25, 2009 Dani added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Parents and teachers with struggling reading students
For every frustrated kid learning how to read - make the parents read this one aloud so they'll get a first-hand taste at how hard it really is sounding out those confusing letters! This book can be the turning point for a struggling learner, and at the very least, will develop some empathy on the part of adults who have forgotten how confusing language is. A sensitive and hysterically funny book.
Apr 30, 2013 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their older children
I know that I've read this one before, in my quest to expose our girls to the wonderful works of Shel Silverstein. But when I tried to read it aloud with our girls, I realized right away that they were too young to understand the nuances and the humor of the mixed up words. So I waited a few more years before we tried again.

This is not an easy book to read aloud, but it's certainly entertaining and our girls are now at a perfect age to understand the humor and nuances of the semantic acrobatics
I thought this a bupid thook initially. Shel Silverstein's inimitable humorous style uses the convention of swapping first consonants of adjoining pairs of words to make with the silly. It gets eye-rollingly annoying after about three pages. The pairings are occasionally snort out loud funny, and clever children will get a kick out of the poems about Runny Babbit, Toe Jurtle and others, but I got a headache, one of those sharp ones that usually comes from eating ice cream, and wasn't willing to ...more
This is probably one of my favorite Shel Silverstein books. It cracks me up every time. I read this with the kids I nanny for today, and I'm counting towards my goal BECAUSE I WANT TO. It's fantastic and I love it. It's a beat grook.
Kelsey Trinkner
I enjoyed the general concept of the book. It told a variety of stories about the animals such as Runny Babbit. Though it was a fun book, it was rather difficult to read. Every sentence switched the beginning letter of a word with the beginning letter of the following word. It's a fun way of making the book a fun book, but it made it a struggle to read it. I love Shel Silverstein, which is why I picked up this book in the first place. I hate to say it, but I didn't enjoy this book. Like I said, ...more
Lizzy Abhold
I thought this book was super cute and perfect for someone feeling a little down on themselves. In this book, the author, Shel Siverstein, switches up the first letter of one word and the first letter of another word. The way that Shel Silverstein talked about the Runny Babbit was absolutely adorable. Along with Dr. Suess, he creates stories around the one character, which I really love. I'd recommend this book to anyone with a great imagination and that likes a good laugh because of the situati ...more
Hannah Young
"Runny Babbit" was a very confusing book to read. It was very hard to understand what was happening. Runny Babbit and his friends have a topsy-turvy language that they use. The book doesn't have a specific plot. It has small poems about Runny Babbit and his friends' lives. The topsy-turvy language is fun but challenging. Instead of saying, "Let's read a book," you would say, "Let's bead a rook." I would not recommend this book to any small children just learning how to read. I do think little ki ...more
Sofia Davis
This is a fun and silly collection of poems and enhancing illustrations. This poetry book is about a silly bunny rabbit who is a normal child other than speaking in only spoonerisms. Runny has many good friends like, Toe Jurtle, Skertie Gunk, Rirty Dat, Dungry Hog, Snerry Jake and many others who speak in this funny language like Runny. He also lives with his silly parents who always remind him about "tushing is beeth" and to "dash the wishes".
This creative book done by Shel, is a great poetry r
Runny Babbit lent to wunch
And heard the saitress way,
"We have some lovely stabbit rew—
Our Special for today."

Runny Babbit is a silly story by Shel Silverstein, which swaps first consonants of adjoining parts of words. The town of animals all speaks in this silly way in the story about a young rabbit with a large imagination that everyone seems to make fun of. The poems are very funny, clever and entertaining to say the least.
On each page, there are black outlined drawings accompanying each poem
Courtney Ennis
This is book is by Shel Silverstein and is another poetry one. It is a book where the first letters are switched within the different words. This book is composed of spoonerisms in rhyming verses. The story is about a bunny who is a normal child and has many friends. It is supposed to be a really funny story for kids. I remember reading it when I was little and it was such a fun book. I think all of Shel Silverstein books are really enjoyable and will never get old. The illustrations are in blac ...more
Sarah Foote
Runny Babbit is a crazy book about a rabbit’s adventures. However the words are not always spelled correctly. Silverstein takes the first letter of two words in a sentence and switches them. For example the title ‘Runny Babbit’ should be Bunny Rabbit. For younger students I would have them find ten examples where the first letters are switched. Have them write what is in the book, and then the correct way. For older students: have them come up with similar poems where they switch the letters aro ...more
Abriana Chamberlain
Shel Silverstein did a great job with Runny Babbit, it is a book full of different poems about a Bunny Rabbit who goes on throughout the story meeting new friends along the way. Each new friend he meets there is a poem about them. The poems did a great job of telling a story and describing each of the characters on that page. Even after 10 years, this is still one of my favorite books to read.
This was by far one of my absolute favorite books growing up, my grandparents gave it to me as a presen
Julia Richards
Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook is a collection of children’s poetry where the first letters of words are switched around such as what is seen in the title. What makes this book unique from others is Shel Silverstein’s play on words. From switching the first letter of words Silverstein is able to add a playful child friendly mood for the book. Shel also provided simple illustrations to complement each of his poems. I found no weaknesses in this book and I believe that this book is an excellent way to ...more
Dan Crist
Runny Babbit is a great children's book. I recommend that a parent sits down to read it with the child because some parts get a little complicated. This book has bunch of short stories about Runny Babbit and his friends. Shel Silverstein does a great job writing this book without making it too hard to follow. I recommend this book to any elementary teacher to read to their class.
Cassie Ehrenbock

Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook, was a very billy sook, indeed. This book of short poems, tells the tale of Runny Babbit (or Bunny Rabbit?) and his many interactions with his animal friends. Each short poem mixes mixes the initial consonant of two words in most of the lines. My particular favorite was Kugs and Hisses, when Bunny Rabbit wants to hug a porcupine, but obviously can't.

The book can be used with younger grades as a read aloud as an introduction to rhyme and the young ones might enjoy the s
Maddy Merritt
This book is very cute! When I was younger I read a few of Shel Silverstein's books and I loved them. The only issue I had with this book was it was hard to read. I had to read some pages twice because the wording messed with my head. This is a book I would read to a younger child, but I wouldn't recommend they read it on their own. Overall the book and pictures were adorable.
Brenna Mclean
Runny Babbit is a humorous book by Shel Silverstein that is completely our of the ordinary. The words are all jumbled, making the readers have to think hard into Runny Babbit's story and try to figure out what is being said. It is accompanied by black and white illustrations that use fine lines and not as much detail. It is a classic silly book by Silverstein, who always writes about the most bizarre situations.
I enjoyed Runny Babbit. I think that Silverstein is a talented writer and is always
Ms.Tina  Stone
This book includes different poems about the life and language of Runny Babbit and the interesting interactions he has with family and friends. Runny Babbit is such a fantastic and fun book for kids of all ages. While kids in younger grades will get a good laugh from the silly poems and language this could also be used in upper grades to introduce poems, different ways to construct poems, how letters blend together and so much more. This book could be used as a fun end of the day read, during tr ...more
Laura Kenny
This was the first book that I have ever read by Shel Silverstein, and now after reading I plan to read many more! I didn't think that I was a fan of poetry, but it was a really fun story and so creative! When I practiced reading this book aloud, I had to say it very slowly so I wouldn't mess up. I would definitely try to practice this as a read aloud before sharing with a classroom of students, but when done well it will lead to bellies full of laughter! I feel there are some really fun spin of ...more
Hannah Davidson
Runny Babbit by Shel Silverstein is a wonderful poetry brook for all elementary school classrooms. This silly book (or shall I say billy sook) makes poetry fun for the classroom and can be all tool for study across varying levels of understanding. The story is funny and will have younger classrooms giggling (and some older classrooms too) but as students get "too old" for such humor, this is a fun tool for analyzing elements of poetry in ways that are easy to comprehend and mimic. It would be so ...more
Brooke Brodsky
Out of all of Shel SIlverstein's works, I think Runny Babbit is my favorite. It is a hilarious compilation of short poems - some rhyme and others do not - and like the title suggests, many of the words in the book are written in a not quite backwards way, where the letters on the first and last word are switched. I have given it a fill 5 stars because this book is so readable and enjoyable for such a wide range of audience. The simple illustrations add interest for pre-readers who are listening, ...more
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Shel Silverstein was the author-artist of many beloved books of prose and poetry. He was a cartoonist, playwright, poet, performer, recording artist, and Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated songwriter.
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“Runny's Nicpic

One day Runny Babbit
Met little Franny Fog.
He said, "Let's have a nicpic
Down by the lollow hog."
He brought some cutter bookies,
Some teanuts and some pea.
And what did Franny Fog bring?
Her whole fog framily.”
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