Runny Babbit Returns by Shel Silverstein

Runny Babbit Returns

Runny Babbit, the lovable star of Shel Silverstein’s New York Times bestselling poetry book, is back! Runny Babbit Returns, a collection of 41 never-before-published poems and drawings, features Runny and other woodland characters who speak a topsy-turvy language all their own.This carefully compiled work from the Silverstein archives is filled with spoonerism poems that are both playful and poignant. With tongue-twisting word play and uproario...

Details Runny Babbit Returns

TitleRunny Babbit Returns
Release DateSep 19th, 2017
GenrePoetry, Humor, Childrens, Nonfiction

Reviews Runny Babbit Returns

  • Calista
    You have to stay sharp to be able to read the little twists of words and not lose what it's saying. It's a fun little book, much like the first Runny Babbit. These are poems previously unpublished by Shel and they have made a new volume. They are funny and there were quite a few laughs to be had from the funny sounding words. It's a tongue twister as well to say them out loud when I'm not used to some of these words on my tongue. Runny Babbit is ...
  • Sylvester
    3* art4* poemsSO funny. Squirt's favorite was "Samily Foup", and especially the line where Grandpa Rabbit yells " I want Sotato Poup!!" oh my gosh, Squirt tells everyone about that poem, and laughs his head off.
  • Joshua
    Read this book out loud. That's surely the best way to enjoy it. Shel Silverstein always manages to take the world, and language, the reader knows and flip it in such a way so that it becomes new. These stories are sweet, but so many of them are recognizable. They're people I've met and loved.Shel Silverstein never disappoints, and this book is, above all things, just fun to read.
  • Kate
    The usual Silverstein magic! Perfect for reading aloud to torable adots or your friends. ;)
  • Jennifer (JenIsNotaBookSnob)
    I enjoyed this quite a bit, it was fun to read aloud. I will add that I have never read Shel Silverstein's poetry books before, so I cannot compare this to previous books. I'm never quite sure how to discuss poetry, especially children's poetry. My favorite poem was the one with Doby Mick the whale.. lolMy 7 year old daughter really liked this book and we read it in just a couple evenings at bedtime. I meant to just read a few poems per night, bu...
  • Leslie
    I love Shel! Don't concentrate too hard on the mixed up words. Lol.
  • Matt Tramell
    Read the whole thing to my baby girl. She might not have had a clue what was happening, but she watched me the whole time. That’s good enough for four stars I think.
  • jendlo
    We figured by the way the previous book had ended that there might be a sequel......and the Silverstein Archives saved the better for last. It's a tongue-twisting treat (but ice-cream nightmare!) for all ages, as Runny progresses from tart-pime job to a jetter bob; gets married; has his bappiest hirthday; and plans a reenie woast (with a dire-breathin' fragon to fart the stire).The rhymes in this collection are smoother — and more meaningful, l...
  • Rachel Dawson
    If you (and/or your kiddos!) love billy sooks about runny babbits and thilly sings, you’ll love this one from Silverstein! (I will confess: it drove me CRAZY that all the starting letters of words were switched around, but I know kids would find it hilarious!)
  • Two BookWorms Blog
    Are you ready for more poems from the Silverstein archives? If so, the first step is to learn to talk like Runny Babbit. In this language, a purple hat becomes a hurple pat or to read a book becomes to bead a rook. Many of us know this language and use it on occasion already, which is good, for it is essential part of joining in the fun.For the full review:
  • Krysta McFarland
    This poetry book, good for any grade honestly, has always been one of my favorites. I love the fun way Shel Silverstein uses his words and how ones mind can come up with the idea to change letters in words to create fun and laughable poetry is beyond me. I love that each poem is different and yet ultimately they tell a story of Runny Babbit. This book could be used differently in every classroom and that is just one of the reasons that I love it ...
  • Nam
    This book has the same problem as the previous one. It was fun, but some parents may have problems with some of the mixed up words. There was only one that made me mark down the review. This one was Beddy Tear Stets Guck. I was very glad no child overheard me read the last line. Thuck clearly sounded like the curse word.What some parents that I know may have a problem with:'Perving chork pops to a pig''Sotato poup''Fart your stire'
  • Mary Thomas
    I love all things Shel Silverstein and loved the first Runny Babbit book, and this was great, too! I love books are able to be published from the author's archives. The book is short, but the poems take awhile to read to try to figure out the switches in words. They're also better read than listened to, since it can be a bit confusing. He's a mastermind at spoonerisms, though, which are a lot harder to write well than you would think!
  • Kate
    Both Runny Babbit and this, its sequel, were published posthumously, and you can tell that most of the poems in this ~billy sook~ were definitely on the B-list. That said, it's still a fun read, I got some giggles, and the picture of the naked (shell-less) turtle dancing away is worth the price of admission ALL BY ITSELF.
  • Margie
    Another wonderful collection of silly tongue-twisting, mind-bending poems by beloved poet Shel Silverstein. I loved how my mind wanted to read what it thought was on the page rather than what was truly written. This, along with the first Runny Babbit collection, are meant to be shared and enjoyed. Great read-aloud, if you're brave.
  • Susan
    The second book in this series by Shel Silverstein. It is great for tongue twisting and making you have to think in order to read the words. Excellent illustrations as well. Make sure you read this "billy sook!"
  • Laura
    You can't really go wrong with Shel Silverstein, but this wasn't my favorite of his. The "runny babbit" letter switching gets a little old for me at times, but this collection is still witty and good for a chuckle. I'd recommend it for older children.
  • Earl
    It's always nice to have more Shel Silverstein. These were discovered unpublished poems. Maybe because I read this quickly, I didn't like it as much as I remembered liking the first book which at least had a sort of consistent logic to it which this one lacked. Still, it'll be a great addition to any Shel Silverstein library.
  • Bmw800
    It was a bit of a brain workout! Rilly Sabbit...
  • Danielle Mootz
    We actually had a lot of fun decoding the words in this one. It was a whole reading experience.
  • Christine
    2018 Book Riot published posthumously2018 ATY unique writing format of structure
  • Kelly
    Another good Silverstein book, published posthumously. Although I liked the original Runny Babbit book better, this one was very cute. The poems were shorter.
  • Farhana Afroz
    Just love the book. I read the book with my younger one and we laughed a lot while reading it. An interesting book for the English Language Learners.
  • Rebecca
    Runny Babbitt Returns is a billy sook. Not as good as the original, but a wevil itch with prinkled wurple skin is always funny!
  • Jessica
    I love Shel Silverstein books! What made me laugh the most was “fart a stire.” Fun reading these to my kids.
  • Blane
    Fons of tun to read and learn wew nords. :-)
  • Gps
    Shel Silverstein is just fun to read, and is meant to be read aloud, so that the reader is totally vexed and discombobulated by the crazy verse and almost rhymes.
  • Thorny
    With each posthumous release of "new" Shel Silverstein poems, we get to celebrate his poetical gifts and have to mourn his loss all over again.
  • K P
    Decent book, but I enjoyed the original much more than this sequel.
  • Julie
    Another fun one to read aloud and giggle with your kids about! We love Shel Silverstein.