Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
Runny Babbit

Runny Babbit

Spring 2005 Picture Books
Ages: All Ages
Author: Shel Silverstein
ISBN: 0060256532
Hardcover Price: $15.99
In this very "billy sook," Shel Silverstein may have invented a whole new category of poetry: spooner-verse. You may not want to read them back-to-back (for fear of tying tnots in your kongue) but it's almost impossible to resist reading a few at a time out loud to anyone who will listen. The poems, however, pale in comparison to the artwork: exuberant, expressive black-line cartoons that are surely among Silverstein's best work.
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard   ©2005 Parents' Choice
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard is the Coordinator of Youth Services for the Arlington Public Library system. She has taught courses on children’s and young adult literature at the Catholic University of America and the University of Virginia. She has served on both the Newbery and Caldecott Award Committees of the American Library Association and has chaired the Notable Children’s Recordings Committee and the May Hill Arbuthnot Award Committee. She is a member and past president of the Children’s Book Guild of Washington DC and has chaired the Washington Post–Book Guild Nonfiction Award Committee. She is a founding member of Capitol Choices, an organization of professionals in the field of children’s literature in the greater Washington DC area. She regularly reviews children’s literature and audio productions for a variety of national publications.

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