The crazy title of this hilarious little gem gives some idea
of what's going on between the covers of award-winning
author/artist Shel Silverstein's bew nook, er, new book. You
are entering the backwards world of Toe Jurtle, Skertie
Gunk, Rirty Dat and Dungry Hog, an imaginative series of
adventures where all and sundry speak Runny Babbit talk.
Each page has offers new rhyme (rhew nyme?) and one of
Silverstein's humorous and endearing black and white
illustrations, each guaranteed to get your child guffawing
with the silly sounds that come from saying things backwards
"Runny Babbit mot all guddy
Makin' puddy mies.
His wamma mashed him with the clothes
And hung him out to dry." ("Runny Mets Guddy")
There is the rhyme about "His Kajesty the Ming", "Runny the
Fricken Charmer", "Runny's Garty Pames", "Runny Shearns to
Lare", and my personal favorite, "Runny and the Pig Barade".
On one of his madcap adventures, Runny discovers romance:
"Prince Runny went to the Boyal Rall.
Now he's a busy fellah,
Running 'round with that slass glipper
Cookin' for Linderella." ("Runny Cooks for Linderella")
In a cavalier celebration of language run amok, Silverstein
has created page after page of laughs for children,
challenging their reading and comprehension skills. The
reward: giggles galore. The author must have known we would
have our favorites - he added a table of contents listing
each of the silly titles (billy sitles). Don't forget to
"Bead a Rook" with your kid! (For all ages, but especially
for a hysterical time with a favorite grandchild.)