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The Runaway Mummy: A Petrifying Parody

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A hysterical (and creepy) parody of a children's classic!

Filled with uproarious illustrations, a beloved classic gets a kindhearted send-up in this utterly monsterized parody from Michael Rex, creator of the New York Times bestselling Goodnight Goon. This is The Runaway Bunny like you've never seen it before. Kids will dig the vast array of terrible monsters, but parents will love the sweet sentiment. A fabulous Halloween treat for all those ...

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Overview

A hysterical (and creepy) parody of a children's classic!

Filled with uproarious illustrations, a beloved classic gets a kindhearted send-up in this utterly monsterized parody from Michael Rex, creator of the New York Times bestselling Goodnight Goon. This is The Runaway Bunny like you've never seen it before. Kids will dig the vast array of terrible monsters, but parents will love the sweet sentiment. A fabulous Halloween treat for all those little monsters!

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Editorial Reviews

Julie Just
…[a] witty sendup of The Runaway Bunny
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
Rex, who parodied Goodnight Moon with the creepy Goodnight Goon, pokes monstrous fun at another Margaret Wise Brown/Clement Hurd collaboration, The Runaway Bunny. Instead of the cozy call-and-response of Brown's rabbits, Rex crafts an amusing, mock-threatening exchange between a green-faced mummy and her son, who is threatening to run away. “ 'If you run away,' said Mother Mummy, 'I will get you! For you are my rotten little mummy!' ” Though their conversation is neither cute nor fuzzy, the images reveal mutual affection. When the child mummy says he “will become a gargoyle and hide on a freezing mountaintop,” his mother responds that she “will turn into a dragon and breathe fire on you to keep you warm!” A double spread, modeled on Hurd's wordless paintings, shows the dragon heating the grinning gargoyle, who says, “That's a little hot!” Only when the little mummy threatens to become a soccer and piano–playing “little boy” rabbit (he and his family are shown in a familiar green room with a red carpet) does his mother express horror. Rex fondly and cleverly imitates the original, echoing its tenderness even as he mocks it. Ages 3–5. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
A parody of Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd's The Runaway Bunny is the basis of this amusing and funny story of Mother Mummy and her "rotten" little mummy. The illustrations on the title and catalog-in-publication pages foreshadow the story. Little mummy considers running away and proceeds to describe his escape. After he tells what he will transform into, Mother Mummy responds with some loving transformations that only a little mummy would love. If little mummy is a serpent at the bottom of the sea, then Mother Mummy is the sea monster with arms to wrap around her little mummy. The illustrations are bold and colorful with a variety of different, comical monsters like a gargoyle, a dragon, and a bat. The story has an ironic climax that twists the idea of what is scary and frightful for the mother and son mummies. There is a happy monster ending that a little mummy would love with a giggle or two. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2–Children will enjoy comparing this parody page by page to Margaret Wise Brown’s The Runaway Bunny (HarperCollins, 1942). When a little mummy gets in trouble, he begins an imaginary game of chase with his mother. Distinctive headgear and occasional bandages identify the two through their spooky transformations. When her child becomes a serpent, gargoyle, or huge bat, the mother becomes the sea monster, dragon, or ancient cathedral necessary to be with her child. Only when the little mummy becomes a boy (actually a bunny) who “takes karate and learns to play piano” does his mother have to use her “most savage, awful, terrible, bloodcurdling shriek” to save him. She bursts into a room, which Clement Hurd might have painted, and terrifies the parents while the green goon from Rex’s Goodnight Goon (Putnam, 2008) peers through the window. Little mummy thinks it’s all a scream and decides to be his mother’s “rotten little mummy” forever. Rex uses pencil drawings colored in Photoshop for his lively cartoon illustrations. Librarians might pair this story with Brown’s classic or with Robert San Souci’s Cinderella Skeleton (Harcourt, 2000) for a spooky take on another classic tale and an eerie, laugh-filled storytime.–Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
Kirkus Reviews
"Once there was a little mummy who wanted to run away. ‘If you run away,' said Mother Mummy, ‘I will get you! For you are my rotten little mummy!' " As he did in 2008's Goodnight Goon, Rex puts a monstrous spin on a Margaret Wise Brown favorite. True to the pattern set forth in the original, mummy and mommy imagine themselves turning into a variety of monsters, from sea serpent to gargoyle to bat and so on. The parody quickly pales, but the author rescues himself with a metatextual turn to social satire: The little mummy says, "I will become a little boy who takes karate and learns to play piano!" as he imagines a little white bunny in a great green room. The horror. (Picture book. 10 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142421215
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/16/2012
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 271,437
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Rex lives in New Jersey. He's a big fan of The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd but feels that it's biased against giant trampling monsters and man-eating plants.

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    Posted May 5, 2010

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    Loved it Loved it!!

    My 3-year old little girl loves monster books now because "I am not afraid of monsters". This is one of the best and funniest books. She loves this parody even more than the original 'The Runaway Bunny' and would request to read this almost every night if she could. Ordered this book after finding Goodnight Goon which is also a bedtime favorite .

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