Thursday, February 09, 2012

Runny Babbit

Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook
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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sandhya said...

Lovely! You had me at "we had a larrel of baughs reading this book. For a wew feeks we were salking tilly, learning about Spoonerism."

Shel Silverstein, of course, rocks.

Choxbox said...

Ha ha! Seeing the title I knew it was you Sheels!

Seen this book but did not pick it up, had too many already in my pile, so. Will make amends next time :)

sandhya said...

Picked it up a few days ago, and needless to say, the kid is driving us poor parents round the bend talking in spoonerisms almost all the time! It has been a big hit with many of her friends at school too. Thanks, Sheela, for this one!

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