Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook
HarperCollins, 2005 (2005)
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Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
by the late Shel Silverstein is, as he called it, a
. It tells the story of a
- sorry, rabbit - in spoonerism-sprinkled vignettes of poetry that sketch out a very unusual life.
any of the words in
switch first letters, so that
'. At first, reading proceeds very slowly so that the mind can adjust. As each page passes, though, the reader gets into the swing of it and it all makes a strange kind of sense.
hat absolute fun! And I admire the genius of the man who developed this new language, with all the delight it produces. Verses range from '
The Funny Bamily
' to '
Runny and the Pig Barade
'. Silverstein's remarkable line drawings (that accompany the poetry) are also a joy.
is a sure hit for young and old. I recommend that this book be placed in every doctor's waiting room, where it can produce a happier, amused patient. If you haven't discovered it yet, don't miss this delightfully '
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