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)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)Read Less
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Silverstein hits the mark with this fun to share book. It is silly and a fun way to explore the wonder of words. Great part of a school poetry collection!
Nov 5, 2008
This book is just as good as the authors others. If you love the light in the attic and such you will love this one. It reverses the first letter of words in a sentence like it is a language from the rabbits. I read one page to my students and taught a whole lesson using it. I have to say before you read it a loud practice ahead of time because the words become tongue twisters. Great.
Apr 3, 2007
What a fun book, for kids and adults
This book is great fun for kids and adults alike! With a Dr. Seuss style, kids will be overtaken by giggles and and overwhelming urge to make this sryle of writing their own. Reminiscent of the "Name Game', this is something everyone can do! Kids will love seeing adults confuse themselves while reading, and will glory in attempting to do it themselves. This is a must have for Shel Silverstein fans and new readers alike!
Publishers Weekly, 2005-01-17 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. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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