Runny Babbit is Shel Silverstein’s hilarious and New York Times-bestselling book of spoonerisms—words or phrases with letters or syllables swapped: bunny rabbit becomes Runny Babbit.
Welcome to the world of Runny Babbit and his friends Toe Jurtle, Skertie Gunk, Rirty Dat, Dungry Hog, Snerry Jake, and many others who speak a topsy-turvy language all their own.
So if you say, “Let’s bead a rook
That’s billy as can se,”
You’re talkin’ Runny Babbit talk,
Just like mim and he.
As usual, Silverstein’s cover doesn’t disappoint. It’s out of the ordinary yet simple.
Shel Silverstein was one of my favorites back when I was a kid. I read and reviewed Where The Sidewalk Ends and Falling Up and, coincidentally, my mom found this one in the garage the day the second review went up. So I read this one as well.
As usual, this book is filled with charming and silly poems. Shel Silverstein thinks outside the box when it comes to the imagination. It’s a quick read and the poems are great fun to read aloud with others.
It was fun to revisit this one. It’s a book I’ll keep in my library forever and will share with my nieces and nephews for sure.
Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook by Shel Silverstein gets… 5 out of 5 cups
One day Runny Babbit
Met little Franny Fog.
He said, “Let’s have a nicpic
Down by the lollow hog.”
He brought some cutter bookies,
Some teanuts and some pea.
And what did Franny Fog bring?
Her whole fog framily.” -Shel Silverstein, Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook
Where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein’s world begins. There you’ll meet a boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale. The Unicorn and the Bloath live there, and so does Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout who will not take the garbage out. It is a place where you wash your shadow and plant diamond gardens, a place where shoes fly, sisters are auctioned off, and crocodiles go to the dentist.
I’ve always loved the book cover. It paints the title of the poetry collection so well. The drawing is simple and while it may seem bland to some, I find it to be perfect to go along with the illustrations inside the book.
I used to read Shel Silverstein a lot when I was a kid. I found this on my shelf and decided to read it again for old time’s sake.
This is a collection of poetry aimed toward kids. Some poems can be long, but most of them are pretty short being less than a page long. A lot of the poems have illustrations similar to the cover to accompany the poem which are all well done.
The poems are silly and completely unrealistic, but that’s what makes them great. They usually rhyme and you can’t help but read them with some sort of rhythm in your tone.
It was great to revisit Shel Silverstein again. I haven’t read his poems in a long time and I forgot how great they were. This is a must read for kids who are looking for something quick and silly.
Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein gets… 5 out of 5 cups
“If you’re a bird, be an early bird–
But if you’re a worm, sleep late.” -Shel Silverstein, Where The Sidewalk Ends
Title: Lulu’s Ballalam-Bam-Bam Grooves! Author: Serina Adham (Illustrated by Ken Steel)
Published: August 2017 by Amazon Genre: Children’s picture book How I got the book: I was given a free digital copy by the author’s publicist in exchange for an honest review.
There is nothing Lulu loves more than dancing by herself. With each new song, she practices the “Ballalam-Bam-Bam Grooves.” She slides her feet, claps her hands, and bumps her hips against a tree trunk.
There is just one problem. Lulu is a gorilla! When she stamps her feet and shakes the trees, she ends up disturbing all the other animals in her jungle home. Poor Squin Squirrel cannot even sip his nut tea without Lulu’s dancing rattling his tree home. Squin and the other animals try to tell Lulu that her dancing is disruptive, but they cannot get through to the gorilla.
Then, Lulu’s loud music and dancing ends up waking up the mighty king of the jungle. The angry lion Jhawfors then confronts Lulu with the problem. Will the animals be able to find a compromise?
This rhyming children’s tale imparts valuable lessons to young readers. Lulu does not want to stop doing what she loves, but she needs to understand that her actions affect others. Through Lulu, children will learn the importance of respect, compassion, and compromise.
I used to be a preschool teacher, so I’m always more than happy to check out new children’s books. Since this is a 20-page picture book, this review will be shorter and slightly different than most of my reviews.
Lulu the gorilla is happy-go-lucky and loves to dance. She plays her music loud and dances like no one is watching. However, her dancing causes some ruckus in the jungle.
Her dancing disturbs Squin the squirrel during his tea time and her music is too loud for Lilly the owl and Fluer the skunk. Then, the king of the jungle, Jhawfors the lion, gets involved.
Before a fight breaks out, Lilly the owl comes up with a suggestion so that Lulu can dance without disturbing the entire jungle.
The moral of this story is that even though you may be doing something harmless and innocent, you still need to be aware of the others around you and be respectful of their space. This is the first picture book I’ve read with that kind of a lesson and I think it’s a good one to teach children and take to heart!
The characters of this story were cute and simple. I found their names to be creative and they flowed well with the rhythmic way the story is told.
Being about dancing, this is a rhythmic book with rhymes that have a poetic feel to it. The dancing is described in a way that should get kids up and move and possibly try to mimic Lulu’s dance moves.
Because of the rhymes, the story flowed well and read easily that will certainly keep kids’ attention. Even at the end of the book, a general question to the kids ask to make up some more dance moves for Lulu, which is another great interactive way to get the kids more involved in the story even though it’s over.
The illustrations were adorable as well. The backgrounds were very pretty and the colors all around were vivid and plentiful, which are certain to attract the wandering, curious eyes of a child.
This is a cute story with an important lesson, fun storytelling, and pretty pictures. This would definitely be one to read to your children.
Lulu’s Ballalam-Bam-Bam Grooves! by Serina Adham gets… 5 out of 5 stars
“It is true we all share this jungle home together, so we must be aware and consider one another.” -Serina Adham, Lulu’s Ballalam-Bam-Bam Grooves!
Bess’s mother moves them to Pineview, away from her best friend Megan, and she terribly misses her. Six months earlier, Bess’s father died in a car crash, and she’s also in the midst of recovering from the final stages of polio. She’s in a sad and lonely place. From the moment she and her mother settle into their new home, Bess hears whispering voices and encounters a ghostly figure in the well-kept garden and in her dreams. She can’t make sense of everything and so shares her observations with Megan by writing her regular letters. During the summer, she makes new friends, including an orange and white tomcat that she names Pumpkin, and her new neighbour Josie. With the help of Mrs. O’Toole, the woman who watches her, Bess continues to recover, both physically and emotionally. She becomes more and more curious about the garden and the unexplained clues that she finds there. In Bess’s Magical Garden, Bess discovers her own true strengths through enduring life’s struggles. She – with Josie and Megan’s help – also finds some hidden items in the garden, including a map, that leave the girls with more questions than answers. Who was the figure that visited Bess? Will Bess and her friends be able to uncover the garden’s secrets? Or will those secrets be mysteries forever?
I read this book in one sitting, but only because it was quick at 81 pages, not because I was very much into the story.
This book is for children and I think it’s important for kids to read. We follow Bess as she and her mother move to a new home. Bess is reluctant at first, just like any kid would be, and she’s trying to overcome some things. She’s recovering from polio and the death of her father.
The garden and her new friend, Pumpkin the cat, help her get through these tough lemons life threw at her. I think the garden is a metaphor to her healing both physically and mentally.
However, throughout most of the story, I didn’t feel as though there was too much going on. The mystery wasn’t really intriguing to me and the story definitely moved along pretty quickly, having to be wrapped up in less than 100 pages.
There were a lot of characters thrown into the mix, some I felt weren’t even really necessary. At the end of each chapter, Bess wrote a letter to her friend Megan. To be honest, I think the story could have been told simply in letters to Megan.
The writing style wasn’t my cup of coffee, but seeing how the book is for kids much younger, I think the writing is pretty spot on.
Overall, this book does have an important message and the main characters were cute.
Bess’s Magical Garden by M.E. Hembroff gets 4 out of 5 stars.
“I think that the garden is magical, because it brought Pumpkin to me and taught me to love my life again.” –M.E. Hembroff, Bess’s Magical Garden
It took me a while, but the more I wrote stories the more I realized I had a love for mystery.
I grew up writing all different kinds of genres. I started writing fan fiction and my first completed novel was romance-ish. The reason for the “ish” at the end of “romance” is a story for another time.
I’ve come up with fantasy ideas inspired by The Lord of the Rings as well as superhero-fantasy inspired by X-Men. I’ve written general fiction, Christian fiction, and a mainstream romance. I’ve tried my hand at script-writing as well as poetry and children’s picture books.
It wasn’t until I thought of the idea of George Florence that I realized I was so into mysteries. What made me want to write a mystery novel was because of the video game Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney.
Though I recently realized that my love for mysteries go way back to when I was much younger.
Someone asked what I used to enjoy reading as a kid and my first instinct was Hank the Cowdog by John R. Erickson.
It’s a children’s chapter book series that’s very long. Though, if memory serves, you didn’t have to read the books in order. Each book was a different series with the same characters.
Hank was a dog who solved mysteries with his sidekick, Drover. If I remember him correctly, he was a bit of a coward and preferred to stay out of trouble.
I remember getting the audio books from the library and my sister and I, since we shared a room, would put the tape on during bedtime. We would listen to it in our beds in the dark. When it was time to flip the tape over (because cassette tapes were a thing back then…) we would go to sleep and listen to the next side the following night. Then it was back to the library to get the next book.
I had a few of the books in the series. I think I had books one through nine and then number 36 or something like that. There are 66 books total so I didn’t even make a dent in the series. Though I do still have the books in a storage space by my bed.
It’s a series I’ll never forget and I plan to buy them all someday for my own children to read and enjoy.