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Itsy Mitsy Runs Away

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by Elanna Allen
     
 

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NO ONE likes bedtime, and Itsy Mitsy has had quite enough. So tonight’s the night she’s running away to the perfect place where there are no more bedtimes ever (not even one). But running away isn't as easy as it seems. There's a lot to pack: Mitsy's friendliest dinosaur Mister Roar; a snack for Mister Roar; her dog, Pupcake, to keep the bedtime

Overview

NO ONE likes bedtime, and Itsy Mitsy has had quite enough. So tonight’s the night she’s running away to the perfect place where there are no more bedtimes ever (not even one). But running away isn't as easy as it seems. There's a lot to pack: Mitsy's friendliest dinosaur Mister Roar; a snack for Mister Roar; her dog, Pupcake, to keep the bedtime beasties away from said snack; the list goes on and on. But with a helpful Dad who makes sure Mitsy doesn't leave anything behind—especially not him—Mitsy might want to run away tomorrow night, too.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Mitsy may be itsy, but she has no shortage of energy or determination. She's also a sartorial standout, wearing lime green, dinosaur-style footie/hoodie pajamas and bright orange goggles. But what matters most is that she intends to run away to "the perfect place where there is no bedtime ever, not even one." And she will—it's just that Dad keeps making excellent suggestions about things she should add to her suitcase. Told she'll need a friend, she packs her stuffed dinosaur. Told she'll need a snack, she packs the contents of the refrigerator. Eventually, she's packed her entire house, yard and all, and even Dad, because, as she points out with her remaining patience, "Little girls don't mow lawns. Grown-ups do!" Debut talent Allen, an animator and character designer, has a breezy drawing style and a cheery disdain for logic reminiscent of 1950s-era cartoons. Backgrounds are lightly sketched, scary "bedtime beasties" appear as dotted outlines, and Mitsy's declarations often appear in prim, vintage-looking borders. Yet the freewheeling art stays anchored by Allen's very funny text, which combines rhythmic, cumulative passages with Mitsy's irreverent, precocious voice. Ages 3–7. (May)
From the Publisher
“Mitsy may be itsy, but she has no shortage of energy or determination…. Debut talent Allen, an animator and character designer, has a breezy drawing style and a cheery disdain for logic reminiscent of 1950s-era cartoons…the freewheeling art stays anchored by Allen’s very funny text, which combines rhythmic, cumulative passages with Mitsy’s irreverent, precocious voice.”

Publishers Weekly, March 21, 2011, *STAR

“Whether on a lap or in storytime, children will feel the pull of loose rhyme, pleasing momentum and mounting ridiculousness….Varied layouts, full of effective flourishes…highlight Mitsy’s panache and her father’s gentle manipulations. The irresistible tug of clever language combines with visual pizzazz to make this runaway story a runaway hit.”

Kirkus, April 1, 2011, *STAR

“Itsy Mitsy, a small girl in bright green pajamas, hates bedtime and decides to run away... The bright, minimalist cartoon illustrations are rendered in pencil with digital color, primarily using greens, yellows, and oranges. This entertaining story will appeal to any children who have fought against the dreaded bedtime.”

School Library Journal, May 2011

“From the first page…this lively story will draw young preschoolers with its cumulative farce and sense of rebellion…The scenarios get wilder and wilder with each page turn, and the fantasy is extended in the hilariously detailed, pencil-and-digital illustrations…. Underlying the laughs, it’s the girl’s warm bond with her father that forms the heart of this high-spirited story.”

Booklist, May 2011

School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Itsy Mitsy, a small girl in bright green pajamas, hates bedtime and decides to run away. Although her dad is sorry to see her go, he decides to "help." He suggests a variety of things that she will need to pack including Mister Roar, her stuffed dinosaur. Dinosaurs need to be fed, however, so Mitsy raids the refrigerator and heads off again, but not before Dad reminds her of the "bedtime beasties," so Mitsy packs "her ferocious dog, Puptart" (he looks anything but), for protection. And so it goes until Mitsy has packed the entire house, including Dad, to head off to where there are no bedtimes. Her joy in finding such a place is short-lived, though, and she soon falls asleep with one giant snore. The bright, minimalist cartoon illustrations are rendered in pencil with digital color, primarily using greens, yellows, and oranges. This entertaining story will appeal to any children who have fought against the dreaded bedtime.—Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA
Kirkus Reviews
Itsy Mitsy may be teeny tiny, but she has BIG issues with bedtime. Donning a dinosaur playsuit and driving goggles and straddling her trusty tricycle, she declares definitively, "No more bedtime. I'm gone." Each time she heads for the door, though, Dad asks a simple question that complicates her runaway plan, leading her to gather up more and more stuff to take along. These necessities (food for Mister Roar the dinosaur, Puptart the guard dog, a lamp so the doggy can see) quickly accumulate, piling up into a catchy chorus that repeats throughout. "She packed a lamp / to light up her pup / to bark at the beasts / to guard the snack / that she had packed / for friendliest dinosaur, / Mister Roar." Each additional item offers another opportunity for readers to giddily recite Mitsy's litany. Whether on a lap or in storytime, children will feel the pull of loose rhyme, pleasing momentum and mounting ridiculousness. Soon Mitsy's got the whole house on her little shoulders and Dad teetering on top. Varied layouts, full of effective flourishes (ornate Victorian speech bubbles, round and rectangular inset scenes, reappearing imaginary bedtime beasties) highlight Mitsy's panache and her father's gentle manipulations. The irresistible tug of clever language combines with visual pizzazz to make this runaway story a runaway hit. (Picture book. 2-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442406711
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
05/03/2011
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
827,981
Product dimensions:
9.08(w) x 11.86(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Elanna Allen lives in New York with her husband and sons, where she writes and illustrates children’s books and designs characters for television. She wrote and illustrated Itsy Mitsy Runs Away and has created characters for Disney, Nickelodeon, and PBS. Stop by and say hi at ElannaAllen.com.

Elanna Allen lives in New York with her husband and sons, where she writes and illustrates children’s books and designs characters for television. She wrote and illustrated Itsy Mitsy Runs Away and has created characters for Disney, Nickelodeon, and PBS. Stop by and say hi at ElannaAllen.com.

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Itsy Mitsy Runs Away 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
bippymh More than 1 year ago
excellent book
Jfergy7577 More than 1 year ago
This book is adorable. The pictures are unique. The story isn't so repeating that i get bored, but there's enough that my little one can get the point! This book really is awesome.
SophSykes More than 1 year ago
After having done a stint as a Kid's Lead at a Barnes and Noble, I've read quite a few kid's books, always looking for refreshing ways to help kids learn good lessons. After reading about Mitsy's struggle to prepare to run away, I was smitten! This is really a darling book, a great read aloud. Not the most unique storyline ever, but the illustrations are beautiful and characters spunky, and I liked it so much!