Saturday, June 15, 2013

TWRV and Small-Fry Saturday #19: The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown

Today is a very SPECIAL edition of Small-Fry Saturday!

Because it's also the kick off for The Well-Read Vacay 2013!
I know, the two pictures don't really go together well. Kids, don't drink and read until you're 21.
As you may remember, Small-Fry Saturday is a when-I-feel-like-it meme to showcase some of books that my 23-month-old Small Fry is currently reading.  Feel free to do a SFS post on your blog (with the graphic above) or leave a comment below about your favorite kiddie reads.

At the same time, I am on vacation this week (I left TODAY! SIYONARA!) and I have a series of travel-related posts lined up to entertain you while I'm gone.  So why not start with a somewhat travel-related kid's book?

The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown

This book is a classic, published back in 1942.  To refresh your childhood memory, basically Baby Bunny (our world traveler in today's post) is feeling kind of ornery, so he turns to Mommy Bunny and says, "Aye yo, I'm running away, what's up now?"  And Mommy Bunny is like, "Okay, well wherever you run, I will find you."  And Baby Bunny's like, "GOOD LUCK, cuz I'm going to become a boat and sail away."  Mommy Bunny retorts with, "Oh yeah?  Well I'll become the wind and blow you straight home (to time-out, I might add)."

Baby Bunny continues to list all the things all over the world that he will become in order to run away, but every time, that wily Mommy Bunny figures out a way she's going to track him down.  Spoiler alert: Baby Bunny finally gets tired of being outwitted, and decides to stay home.

(This may or may not be a very modern-day summary of The Runaway Bunny.)

The basic message of this book is cute: no matter where you travel to, little guy, Momma's going to find you and love the bejesus out of you.  YOU CAN'T IGNORE MY LOVE.  I will admit that it occasionally strikes me as creepy (stop being such a stalker, Mommy Bunny, srsly), but kids won't see it that way.  (Hopefully.)  The illustrations (by Clement Hurd) are amazing too.  This book may not have the flash and pop-up elements of newer kid's books, but kiddos will be into it anyway because of the happy story and intricate drawings.

Do you have any travel-related kid favorites?  Use the term "travel" in as creative a way as you wish!


  1. I am laughing so hard, hilariously awesome review!

  2. What is that other stalkery MOMMY WILL LOVE YOU, DAMNIT book? LOVE YOU FOREVER!!! Look that up. We hacked it to pieces in a grad school children's lit class. Incidentally, my child will not sit through this book. He looks at me like I'm crazy.

    1. OMG, Love You Forever makes me cry buckets, even though it is TOTALLY stalkery. I would love to hear how you analyzed it in grad school!

  3. We didn't read Runaway Bunny too much to our kids or the other one Andi's talking about (I forget the name of it) but there was another one along those lines that I can't remember that we did have. An Inuit theme, I think. ANYWAY, hope you have a great vacation sans stalkerish kids' books!

    1. I think once Small Fry is old enough to get the meaning...he might not love this book so much. Haha.

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