Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook by Shel Silverstein, compiled posthumously, is a collection of poems about Runny Babbit, who lives in a woods where the first letters of many words are switched with other words’ (if you don’t get it, the title is Bunny Rabbit: A Silly Book). This book is ADORABLE. I loved it. And as always, Silverstein’s illustrations are delicious icing on the cake. It was just a little hard to read after a little while; my eyes got confused.
Here are my two favorite poems:
Kugs and Hisses
Runny said, “I’m lonesome,
I feel so glad and soomy.
I need some kugs and hisses-
Now, who’s gonna give ‘em to me?”
“I will,” said Polly Dorkupine,
“’Cause you’re cute as a rug in a bug.”
Said Runny, “Well, I’ll kake the tiss,
But never hind the mug.”
Runny’s Rig Romance
Runny had firlfriend,
Her name was Sunny Bue
He called her nots of licklames,
Sometimes he called her “Boney-Hun”,
And sometimes “Dovey Lear,”
But he only called her “Peety-Swie”
When no one else could hear.