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4.19 out of 54.19 out of 54.19 out of 54.19 out of 54.19 out of 5 4.19 (37 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Shel Silverstein Narrator: Dennis Locorriere Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2005 ISBN: 9780060889807
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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 EndsA Light in the AtticFalling 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.

Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Potential yook of the bear.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Children will love these clever poems and without prompting will probably create their own, unaware that they are focusing on a key reading skill: phonemic awareness. This is a treasure.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A fun-filled new offering…Children who have some fluency in reading will enjoy this bonsensical nook the most.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Kids will instantly adopt the infectious wordplay on the subjects straight from their daily lives: Will it be a ‘peanut jutter and belly’ or ‘sam handwich’ for lunch?”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Star Valdez | 2/16/2014

    " I cannot speak after I read this book. This book gives you a total speech impediment after you read it. LOVE IT!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aimee | 2/15/2014

    " My kids really liked this billy sook, but I thought it was annoying to read out loud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Irene | 2/13/2014

    " I learned that you should try to speak well and poeple should be encourege to right some poems. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deanna Carter | 2/9/2014

    " Funny to read with your kids! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cedes | 2/5/2014

    " its a tongue twister:) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elisa | 1/23/2014

    " I got this book at Powell's bookstore in Portland. I was with my fabulous friends Heather and her daughter, Laura. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosie | 1/18/2014

    " Just reading the title makes me talk funny! It makes me want to say this was a "geally rood" book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam Sidney | 1/16/2014

    " Fun with spoonerisms! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grace | 1/16/2014

    " I actually can't read this book! Because if I do, I start talking backwards! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/13/2014

    " I love Shel Silverstein's children's poetry. He is amusing, weird, all-out funny, and very creative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily Norton | 1/1/2014

    " I love Shel Silverstein and thought that this book was brilliant and fun to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shana | 1/1/2014

    " As always, Shel Silverstein has come up with a cute book. It takes a bit to read through it, especially if reading out loud.....your brain wants to read it properly, rather than as it's written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 12/19/2013

    " This book was fun for me and the kids alike. The kids like to hear dad talk funny and I enjoyed the subtle nuances and humor Silverstein puts in his books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa | 12/6/2013

    " based on transposing beginning sounds this is a silly poetry collection "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dagmar | 12/2/2013

    " We love this book -if you want to know what Cooking for Linderella is all about - read this book ;) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krisitn | 11/29/2013

    " AMAZING BOOK FOR EVERYONE!!!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josie | 7/17/2013

    " I like this book. The words are mixed up and some are hard to read but they are funny. My favorite poem is Pea Soup. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea Digiammarino | 5/16/2013

    " Read this to my child and was suprised it was a challenge to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nini | 4/25/2013

    " i like this book because it was funny when you had to read backwards and it was kind of hard to i did something else i first think what i tought it was so then it was very easy "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cookie Lopez | 4/22/2013

    " DECODING skills! Amazing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 11/11/2012

    " runny has a firlgriend. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Valerie | 11/1/2012

    " Niece got it from the library so I read it real quick. It was indeed silly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mandy | 6/24/2012

    " This is one of Sophie's very favorite books. She can re-read it a million times and never get bored. The way Shel changes words so similar to pig latin makes this one of his more interesting books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 11/29/2011

    " Great fun to read aloud! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellis Lee | 11/5/2011

    " Although reading this book out loud requires a tremendous amount of concentration, it always has my little ones laughing their lilly sittle heads off! And me as well... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 9/2/2011

    " Favorite Shel Silverstein. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raven | 8/22/2011

    " A wonderful book and fun to read with kids. My 9 year old especially enjoys this, it's right up his alley. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nelly Paulina | 5/24/2011

    " This thing cracks us up every time! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janae | 5/15/2011

    " It was a good but very confusing book because almost every word was jumbled up!!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zacaro | 4/20/2011

    " This book is hard to read out loud, perhaps that's the point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 3/21/2011

    " Fun to read just for fun! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Curtis | 3/1/2011

    " Fun idea, hard to read and follow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 2/25/2011

    " If it can make kids and adults laugh out loud, it's a good one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/22/2011

    " Great creative reading for kids.
    Especially fun for parents to try reading this after a couple of drinks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ariella | 1/16/2011

    " I loved it. It was really funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angelina | 12/29/2010

    " I love this book. I use this in class visits and outreaches with kids of all ages. I usually pair it with Jabberwocky (illustrated by Graeme Base). Then play word games. LOVE IT! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 11/16/2010

    " This was some classic Shel Silverstein, but WHOA, I felt like I had some kind of reading disorder trying to keep up with the mixed up letters in poem form. My brain is still trying to unscramble itself. I guess that's the point, though! :) "

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About the Author
Author Shel Silverstein

Shel Silverstein 's incomparable career as a bestselling children's book author and illustrator began with Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back. He is also the creator of picture books including A Giraffe and a Half, Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?, The Missing Piece, The Missing Piece Meets the Big O, and the perennial favorite The Giving Tree, as well as classic poetry collections such as Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Every Thing On It, Don't Bump the Glump!, and Runny Babbit.