HarperCollins Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook
HarperCollins Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook

Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook

By Shel Silverstein

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Ages 4 to 8, Grades P to 3

Bappy hirthday, Runny Babbit!

Runny Babbit, Shel Silverstein’s imaginative, hilarious, and bestselling book of spoonerisms, turns ten!


Conceived many years ago and completed before his death, Runny Babbit is as groundbreaking, insightful, witty, and wondrous as Shel Silverstein’s imagination. Simple spoonerisms and wordplay combine with rich layers of humor and meaning that continue to unfold with each new reading—and are especially hilarious read aloud! But words are only half the story—Shel Silverstein’s brilliant drawings bring Runny Babbit’s topsy-turvy world to life as only he could. Runny Babbit is a new classic for readers of all ages.

Shel Silverstein’s incomparable career as a children’s book author and illustrator began with Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back. In 1964. Shel’s creativity continued to flourish as four more books were published in the same year—Don’t Bump the Glump!, A Giraffe and a Half, Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?, and the beloved classic The Giving Tree. Later he continued to build his remarkable body of work with Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Falling Up, Every Thing On It, The Missing Piece, The Missing Piece Meets the Big O, and Runny Babbit.

About the Author

Shel Silverstein is the author-artist of many books of prose and poetry. He was a cartoonist, playwright, poet, performer, recording artist, and Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated songwriter. You can visit the world of Shel Silverstein online at www.shelsilverstein.com.

Format: Hardcover

Length: 96 pages

Publisher: HarperCollins

Publication Date: January 6, 2015

ISBN: 9780060256531

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