A new title in the amazing Essential Picture Book Classics list from HarperCollins. This book is packed with beautiful images and reassuring words as a mother bunny tells her baby bunny how much she loves him. The runaway bunny, first published in 1942, has indeed become a classic picture book. Generations of readers have fallen in love with the ...Read MoreA new title in the amazing Essential Picture Book Classics list from HarperCollins. This book is packed with beautiful images and reassuring words as a mother bunny tells her baby bunny how much she loves him. The runaway bunny, first published in 1942, has indeed become a classic picture book. Generations of readers have fallen in love with the gentle magic of its reassuring words and loving pictures. This beautiful new edition will be loved and shared by families for years to come. "The genius of this book lies in its touching simplicity. It belies the depth and power of its message." Emma Thompson.Read Less
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I usually never take time to write reviews but I had to stand up for this book that I adore when I read the review where somebody said they had to make up reasons why the bunnies were turning themselves into things on the textless pages. The explanation is on each of the pages directly before! And the mother is NOT smothering at all-she merely turns herself into things in the bunny's chosen environments. If she wanted to be contolling, she wouldn't let the bunny go in the first place. Beautiful theme and pictures whether black-and-white or color. Must-have book and beneficial to have during the terrible twos and threes to show a mother always will be there for better or worse. Love, love, love this book!
Apr 2, 2009
The Runaway Bunny
ISBN 0061074292 - I'm kind of surprised to find myself mostly up the middle on this book. Largely loved, it does have good points, but it's hardly the outstanding story I'd expected. I'd give it 2 1/2 stars but can't, so 2 it is.
A nameless little bunny says he's going to run away and his mother tells him she will follow him. As he plans to become various things to hide from her, she is equally imaginative in the ways she will find him.
There is a little of the stalker-mom in the mother bunny, but we're talking about (a) little kids and (b) bunnies. It is extraordinarily unlikely that the target age group of 0-3 is going to be freaked out by the idea that Mommy will do anything and go anywhere to keep you safe. That's actually a fairly comforting idea. It's the person who reads the book and the tone they use that makes the difference. Make "If you run away, I will run after you." sound like a threat and you've changed the entire sense of the book.
So it isn't the freaked out parents that make me two-star this book. It's actually the book itself. On the pages where there is text, the drawings are pleasant black and white drawings; where there is no text, the illustrations are almost all gaudily colored and badly drawn (with one exception, when the mother bunny is the tree that the baby bunny as a bird flies home to). The stark difference between these two styles just isn't attractive at all and, because a huge part of childrens' books is the illustrations, the board book edition of The Runaway Bunny just doesn't cut it.
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