The Silly Book

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Stoo Hample's 1961 classic elicits a fresh round of giggles with this irresistible edition featuring new art from the author-illustrator — and the same wonderful retro feel.

I am silly,
You are silly,
All of us are silly,

And everything in THE SILLY BOOK is the silly-willy-nilliest! There are songy sills (oops!) — silly songs, silly ...

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Stoo Hample's 1961 classic elicits a fresh round of giggles with this irresistible edition featuring new art from the author-illustrator — and the same wonderful retro feel.

I am silly,
You are silly,
All of us are silly,

And everything in THE SILLY BOOK is the silly-willy-nilliest! There are songy sills (oops!) — silly songs, silly stories, silly poems, silly secrets, silly things to do, a silly good-night, and even silly nothings. Anyone who reads this book will laugh like anything or else turn into a bathtub. First published more than forty years ago — when it became an uproariously silly success — THE SILLY BOOK has returned to cause a new generation of children to giggle like gigglecopters (giggle giggle giggle), roll on the floor (roll roll roll), and cheer, "Boodleheimer, Boodleheimer" (CLAP! CLAP! CLAP!).

A collection of silliness, both verbal and visual.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Stoo Hample is the da Vinci of Daft, the Socrates of Screwy, and the Gershwin of Goofy. His book is mordant, scintillating, pungent, and deeply profound, but it's just a bit too silly for me." — Norton Juster, author of THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH — Norton Juster

"Stoo Hample's THE SILLY BOOK is more than forty years old and just as silly as ever. Me, too. Which is why I still love it. So do my grandchildren." — Mary Rodgers, author of FREAKY FRIDAY — Mary Rodgers

"THE SILLY BOOK is back again. It's the epitome of Stoo Hample himself. His crazy sense of humor and laughter — his unique frolic with the sound and fun in words — is like having Stoo himself in the room making us laugh." — Charlotte Zolotow, publisher emerita and children's book author — Charlotte Zolotow

"THE SILLY BOOK is — ha ha — so silly — ha ha — that I have trouble — ha ha — thinking about it while writing this — ha ha ha ha — blurb. I mean, have you noticed that the first two — ha ha — letters in Hample are Ha? I mean — ha ha — isn't that — ? It's so — ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Forgive me." — Jules Feiffer — Jules Feiffer

Publishers Weekly
Several favorite picture books return to print. The literary equivalent of a child's giggle fit, Stoo Hample's The Silly Book (1961), originally edited by Ursula Nordstrom, was a humor reference point for countless knee-high baby boomers. Now reissued, it retains all its irony-free, Kennedy-era charms, from goofy line drawings that recall the classic animated commercials of the period to its tongue-tickling text. A boy, a girl and the Boodleheimer a mustachioed, dog-like critter with his own "Silly Song" star. Hample's verbal doodlings have staying power. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Given the serious circumstances most people face daily, this book is one that every reader should own. Adults should keep a copy in their office desk drawers for a reprieve, for it is sure to inspire a giggle. And once a child gets a hold of this book, it is likely to become an extension of his or her arm, because it is so much fun to read. The title is an understatement, but there may not be a single word that can describe just how silly this book truly is. In fact, it actually takes silliness to a level of art by challenging the reader to make up melodies to sing silly songs to. It is full of contradictions and outlandish jokes. And do not be surprised while reading it to turn the page to find a hairy chair, a grouchy couch, or a duck named Chicken Face. This book is so silly that readers have to think about how silly it is. For example, Hample plays with words, breaking rules left and right. How lucky children are to have a writer who can actually put to paper their silly, silly ways. 2004 (orig. 1961), Candlewick Press, Ages 4 to 7.
—Cherie Ilg Haas
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763622565
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 705,866
  • Age range: 3 months - 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 10.50 (w) x 10.13 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Stoo Hample is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including MY MOM'S THE BEST MOM, YOU STINK! I LOVE YOU, and the international bestseller CHILDREN'S LETTERS TO GOD. THE SILLY BOOK, Stoo Hample's first book, was originally edited by the legendary children's book editor Ursula Nordstrom. The book became a colossal hit, and its popularity led to THE SILLY RECORD, a Boodleheimer doll, and other silly merchandise. This is a book for those who, like the author, believe in silliness. "Life," he maintains, "is essentially silly, or why would there be war, disease, and dandruff?"
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2006

    Wonderful book, its silliness will uplift the most challenging of days!

    My brother and I loved this book (30 years ago?) when we were young, and have been trying to find it for several years. It was one of the few times in our childhood that we really got along. Somehow it disapeared as time went by, but 'Cheese, please Lucy... thank you very berry mush (I think)' has stayed with me for years! I'm getting a new copy as soon as I can get to the store!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2004

    The best in memorable silliness

    We read this book about 40(?) years ago. I think my brother still has his worn out copy. I still have some of its verse memorized. It may be silly, but it has things that also teach. Pass the peas please Louise...You're willy, welly, welcome. Or something like that. I'm getting a new copy!

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