The Runaway Dinner Paperback – Aug 12 2008
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PreSchool-Grade 3–When Banjo Cannon sits down to dinner, his sausage (named Melvin) jumps off the plate and runs away. The kitchen furniture, cutlery, peas, French fries, carrots, the famished boy, and his parents follow out the door in Gingerbread Man fashion. The chase continues down the street and through a park where a duck eats Paul the pea, two fries sail away in a toy boat, and a picnicking family grabs the fork and knife. Just when Banjo catches up with Melvin, his mom yells, Don't eat that, it's been on the ground! The surreal adventures are relayed in a droll, conversational style with casual asides (Now here's the exciting part, the unbelievable part–though it is all true). Ingman's acrylic illustrations, done in muted tones, combine detailed panoramic scenes and fully fleshed-out characters with pen-and-ink outline sketches. The naive drawings of the stick-legged sausage and his fellow runaways will elicit giggles. This fast-paced yarn is full of kooky charm.–Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
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My three year old liked it too although my six year old adores it (and now reads it herself). Definitely not for the under 3 set. I actually enjoy reading it to them.
Some children's books are so predictable. Open up your child's perspective and experience with something a little different.
We love this book.
THE RUNAWAY DINNER is written in a real-aloud style and makes a great book to read to young children. Bruce Ingman's illustrations are delightful and add more fun to the story (there's one scene where the reader is asked to stop and look around for a missing pea).
THE RUNAWAY DINNER is aimed at young readers who are either reluctant or struggling. The story is sure to catch their imagination, but it's so entertaining that even adults might find themselves becoming enraptured by the story. I know I did! Recommended reading for children from 2 years-1st grade, but fun reading for people of all ages.