by Shel Silverstein
Poems have been the rage for the six year old since 2011. Especially silly poems. Poems that tickle the funny bone. Poems that make her repeat the words to me and ask triumphantly, "Get it, Mama?!"
So when she got Runny Babbit for Xmas, it was delved into immediately. The book came with an audio CD of select poems read aloud.
As the title might suggest, we had a larrel of baughs reading this book. For a wew feeks we were salking tilly, learning about Spoonerism.
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, the book is not all about silly. It is clever and witty and heart-warming, with Silverstein's signature illustrations, making it otterly uriginal and armingly chamusing.
Published posthumously, the book certainly has a strong kid appeal, and the (jaded) adult in me found it challenging to read aloud without the brain auto-correcting the words in real-time.
The book had the kids exercising themselves a bit, got them saying everyday things in the Runny Babbit way that made me stop and think for a second before I understood them.
A wonderful book to have on the bookshelf and reach for on a lazy afternoon curled up trying to offset the stormy winds and rain lashing the windows. Or even otherwise.
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