We’re nearly there! The penultimate book on our World Kid Lit Challenge is an American book: Runny Babbit by Shel Silverstein (HarperCollins).
Dominic: We listened to this in the car and it made us all laugh. I tried to read some out loud but kept on getting it wrong.
Runny Babbit is written in English, but not perhaps as we know it! Cleverly using spoonerisms, swapping the first letters around, Silverstein creates poems that are both nonsensical yet understandable all at the same time.
This book came with a CD, which as Dominic says, we listened to in the car. The speed that the narrator read these poems with is astounding and really makes these poems come to life. As my husband said, this book is one to be read out. On the page, yes, the poems look funny, but the joy really comes when they are heard aloud. I found if I tried to untangle and understand each one as it went along, I just ended up getting lost and it was much easier to just go with the flow and let it wash over you.
A couple of favourites are Runny’s Mancy Feal and Runny’s Rittle Leminders. In these poems, there would be may repetitions of the same word; however the preceding word changes each time, so for example:
Runny lent to the wibrary,
And there were bundreds of hooks-
Bistory hooks, beography gooks,
And lots of bory stooks (From Runny’s Heading Rabits).
This is definitely one to look out if you want something a bit different! I love the fact we wouldn’t have come across this had we not asked around for recommendations for our challenge. Thanks to Emma Edwards for this one!