Book Review: Runny Babbit, A Billy Sook

Rating: ★★★★☆

Shel Silverstein, the popular children’s poet, kept one of his best works until the end of his life.  Published posthumously, this collection of silly rhymes about a bunny might be a merely pleasant diversion, except for the fact that most phrases have some consonants switched around, producing very funny results, as in:

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/elementary audience, and it’s an easy device for young kids to try out in regular conversation, creating a private family joke.  (One caution: adults ought to know in advance how they are going to respond when kids accidentally produce vulgar words.)

This text is a little hard to read aloud, but there’s an abridged CD available, and the performance by Dennis Locorriere is quite good.

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Publication Information: Silverstein, Shel. Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook. HarperCollins. 2005. ISBN: 0061130478.
Categories: 4 Stars, Age 04-08
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Posted on October 27, 2011


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