Parents' Guide to

The Runaway Dinner

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Kids will eat up this zany food chase.

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age 7+

Based on 1 parent review

age 7+

Buy all THREE!

My third graders LOVE this book-along with The Pencil and Previously. We write our own sequals to these books. They always ask me to read it again and again. They LOVE the idea of ordinary objects coming to life and doing things that they do everyday. I recommend this book-but you'll miss out if you don't get The Pencil and Previously at the same time!!!!

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This book is full of silliness, and to its great benefit, it's cleverly written and illustrated. THE RUNAWAY DINNER is a cross between the story of the wily Gingerbread Man and "Hey, diddle diddle the cat and the fiddle" -- especially "the dish ran away with the spoon" part. Kids will get a kick out of Melvin, the sausage, as he streaks across town with his culinary entourage. Allan Ahlberg has created a friendly, tongue-in-cheek tone that will make kids want to join in on the fun.

The story moves along briskly while the narrator interjects casual comments and questions about how true the story is, what has happened to this character or that, and how mysterious or fun it's all becoming. The flat acrylic paintings coupled with uncolored, ink-lined drawings are inviting and entertaining. Illustrated by Bruce Ingman, each page looks like a kid's painting and offers plenty to look at, search for, and count.

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