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Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook

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ISBN13: 9780060256531
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The legendary creator of Where the Sidewalk Ends welcomes readers 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. Conceived many years ago and completed before Silverstein's death, this new book of poems and drawings is filled with wordplay rhymes and clever spoonerisms.

Review:

"In what may be the definitive book of letter-reversal wordplay, late author-illustrator Silverstein (Where the Sidewalk Ends) composes poems about cottontail Runny Babbit. He illustrates the verse in his signature devil-may-care ink line on bare white pages, and performs letter switcheroos to the point of reader exhaustion. An introductory poem explains the technique: 'If you say, 'Let's bead a rook/ That's billy as can se,'/ You're talking Runny Babbit talk/ Just like mim and he.' The exchange of consonants results in a new language, producing Lewis Carroll nonsense or placing familiar words in skewed contexts; for instance, Runny's family includes 'A sother and two bristers,/ A dummy and a mad,' which says a lot about parents. Runny also has an untidy porcine friend, leading him to sing a serenade with an Edward Learish zest and a classic Silverstein twist at the end, 'Oh Ploppy Sig, oh pessy mig,/ Oh dilthy firty swine,/ Whoever thought your room would be/ As mig a bess as mine?' Signs posted on Runny's wall remind him, 'tick up your poys,' 'peed your fet' and 'bon't delch'; a restaurant serves 'dot hogs' and 'boast reef.' Silverstein also revises ditties such as 'Dankee Yoodle' and runs roughshod over politeness ('Stand back! I'm Killy the Bid,/ And I'm fookin' for a light!'). Move over Hinky-Pink: this is sure to become the new classroom wordgame favorite. Silverstein's many fans will snap up this extended set of more than 40 puzzlepoems. All ages." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Zany pen-and-ink drawings work in tandem with the poems to maximize the laughs." Child Magazine

Synopsis:

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, 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.

Synopsis:

The legendary creator of "Where the Sidewalk Ends" welcomes readers 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. ( Ages 9-12)

About the Author

Shel Silverstein is 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.

Shel Silverstein is 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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ccrobertson, October 6, 2006 (view all comments by ccrobertson)

I have loved reversal mistakes that turn out funny all of my life. Shel Silverstein has injected his zanny sense of humour into this particular format to create a delightful book of pilly soetry. It's nice to be able to enjoy his work posthumously.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060256531
Subtitle:
A Billy Sook
Author:
Silverstein, Shel
Author:
Silverstein
Author:
ilverstein, Shel
Author:
Shel
Author:
S
Author:
Shel
Author:
by Shel Silverstein
Author:
Silverstein
Author:
Carter, David E.
Publisher:
HarperCollins
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Poetry / Plays
Subject:
Poetry - Humorous
Subject:
Rabbits
Subject:
Children's poetry, American
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
American poetry
Subject:
Children's poetry
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20050315
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from P up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
8.64x7.64x.69 in. 1.06 lbs.
Age Level:
100

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Product details 96 pages HarperCollins Publishers - English 9780060256531 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In what may be the definitive book of letter-reversal wordplay, late author-illustrator Silverstein (Where the Sidewalk Ends) composes poems about cottontail Runny Babbit. He illustrates the verse in his signature devil-may-care ink line on bare white pages, and performs letter switcheroos to the point of reader exhaustion. An introductory poem explains the technique: 'If you say, 'Let's bead a rook/ That's billy as can se,'/ You're talking Runny Babbit talk/ Just like mim and he.' The exchange of consonants results in a new language, producing Lewis Carroll nonsense or placing familiar words in skewed contexts; for instance, Runny's family includes 'A sother and two bristers,/ A dummy and a mad,' which says a lot about parents. Runny also has an untidy porcine friend, leading him to sing a serenade with an Edward Learish zest and a classic Silverstein twist at the end, 'Oh Ploppy Sig, oh pessy mig,/ Oh dilthy firty swine,/ Whoever thought your room would be/ As mig a bess as mine?' Signs posted on Runny's wall remind him, 'tick up your poys,' 'peed your fet' and 'bon't delch'; a restaurant serves 'dot hogs' and 'boast reef.' Silverstein also revises ditties such as 'Dankee Yoodle' and runs roughshod over politeness ('Stand back! I'm Killy the Bid,/ And I'm fookin' for a light!'). Move over Hinky-Pink: this is sure to become the new classroom wordgame favorite. Silverstein's many fans will snap up this extended set of more than 40 puzzlepoems. All ages." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Zany pen-and-ink drawings work in tandem with the poems to maximize the laughs."
"Synopsis" by , 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, 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.

"Synopsis" by , The legendary creator of "Where the Sidewalk Ends" welcomes readers 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. ( Ages 9-12)

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