Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook by Shel Silverstein

Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook by Shel Silverstein

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These series of poems follow the main character, Runny Babbit, through his life in the woods with his family. They talk about all his adventures, from needing a new coat, to hugging and kissing a hedgehog. Each line has two words that have switched the first few letters, making the poems difficult but fun to read. Some words are easier to guess what they should mean, and others are more difficult. It really makes you slow down and read the poem thoroughly to understand what the author is trying to say. 

I would highly recommend this book for anyone to read, not just children. First off, the illustrations are so unique and adorable, they perfectly picture what I would expect a “peedy grig” (greedy pig) to look like. I found the most fascinating thing about this book was that even though the letters had been switched around to make these weird words, the author managed to keep the rhyme! It was so interesting to read a poem that seemingly made little to no sense and still have everything rhyme so well. The poems themselves were light and silly, making it an easy read full of laughter. I’m a bit biased about this since I love Shel Silverstein, but I’ve never read this book and I certainly wasn’t disappointed.

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