Runny Babbit

Runny Babbit

A Billy Sook

Book Plus CD - 2005
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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: Runny Babbit.

Runny Babbit is Shel Silverstein's hilarious and New York Times-bestselling book of spoonerisms--words or phrases with letters or syllables swapped: bunny rabbit becomes Runny Babbit. This edition comes with a CD featuring 12 delightful readings from the book.

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!

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, p2005
ISBN: 9780061130472
Branch Call Number: J BK CD 811 SIL
Characteristics: 1 sound disc :,digital ;,4 3/4 in. +,1 book (89 p. : ill.)
Additional Contributors: Locorriere, Dennis


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Dec 10, 2018

Delightful, funny and punny; the reversals of initial consonants regularly yields some interesting sounding new-ish words.

SPPL_János Mar 22, 2018

A posthumous new volume of poetry from Silverstein, this one featuring a menagerie of spoonerisms.

Nov 01, 2017

I checked out this book because my kids really love being read Shel Silverstein books (e.g. the Missing Piece). This one may be better for older kids though, as when I went to read it to my younger sons I found the use of excess silliness and silly words etc too much, and figured it wasn't worth the effort to try and stave off poor habits from the boys starting to speak in "baby talk" etc.. better they practice hearing and learning to articulate properly I figured.

Maybe when they are older we will revisit. Oldest is 7 right now.

Jun 29, 2017

Our kids just loved the letter reversal word play and have been playing with letter reversal ever since. They especially loved the notes Runny Babbit's mother posted in his room - we read the notes and they took turns figuring out what they meant.

Dec 23, 2015

"Runny Babbit lives in a town where you switch the first letters backwards because of this, it was hard to understand but it was still good." Review submitted by Emma Ihly for the Minecraft Book Review Raffle.

Oct 26, 2010

This book was quite funny, but cute at the same time.

Dec 07, 2009

I liked this book because it is really funny and all of the letters are mixed up

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red_tiger_6957 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

Dec 26, 2011

juliazaki thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 5 and 9

Oct 26, 2010

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