The Runaway Dinner

The Runaway Dinner


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"A wacky, whimsical narrative. . . . More sophisticated in structure than the classic tales and verses that inspired it, this madcap riff is for primary-grade readers —and their clever parents." — KIRKUS REVIEWS

What happens if someone's dinner decides that, well, it doesn't want to be eaten? For a hungry little boy named Banjo and a savory sausage named Melvin, it's a plight that can only result in a breathless escape — and what a chase it is! Off speeds the sturdy sausage — leading fork, knife, and plate, chair and table, a handful of fries with various French names, and three fat little peas — out the door, down the street, and around the park, with poor Banjo taking up the rear. Will the famished boy ever catch them? And what (gulp) happens to Melvin if he does? Allan Ahlberg is in his element with this fast and funny tale, while Bruce Ingman's kid-friendly illustrations add visual comedy to the chase.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763638931
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 08/12/2008
Pages: 40
Product dimensions: 10.80(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: AD910L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Allan Ahlberg is one of he most acclaimed and successful authors of children's books. He is the author of THE SNAIL HOUSE, illustrated by Gillian Tyler; THE CAT WHO GOT CARRIED AWAY and THE CHILDREN WHO SMELLED A RAT, both illustrated by Katharine McEwen; HALF A PIG, illustrated by his daughter, Jessica Ahlberg; and THE SHOPPING EXPEDITION, illustrated by Andre Amstutz. Allan Ahlberg lives in Bath, England.

Bruce Ingman is the award-winning children's book illlustrator of BOING!, written by Sean Taylor, and the author-illustrator of BAD NEWS! I'M IN CHARGE! Bruce Ingman lives in London.

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The Runaway Dinner 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
destinymbruner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a humorous story of a boy whose dinner runs away and the chase that ensues. This is a humorous story that children would enjoy reading and acting out. It would make for a great quick skit.
Fizzwizz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is marvellous. I love the detail of things like the pea in the tree reading the paper, and the deadpan way things are described, like the carrots hiding in a paper bag, as someone else has said it's hysterical!
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Poor Banjo. He sits down to eat his dinner, the same dinner he eats every night, at his own little table... and it runs away. All of it.So we read through the whole chase scene, with every (named) bit of furniture or food either ending up happily escaped or unhappily eaten.It's written in a very talking-aloud style, lots of little asides and such.I really recommend this one.
adge73 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is hysterical. Everyone should read it.
missbrandysue on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fun tale about a boy named Banjo who eats a sausage every day for dinner. But one day the sausage, named Melvin, runs off followed by everything else of Banjo. The entire book is the chase of the different things that run from Banjo. Both the words and the illustrations are a joy, especially for children.I plan to read this to my second grade class and I know the kids will enjoy it and laugh!PS...I completely love Allan Ahlberg. He's a terrific children's book author.
ASKier on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A favorite: read after read, year after year. Outrageously long sentences, appropriately comma'd off, surely contributed to my five-year-old's penchant for interrupting conjunctive adverbs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book to my 2 and 4 year-old and they love it and I don't mind reading it often. It is funny, smart and the illustrations are interesting and fun. All around a great book.
H-and-Gs-Mom More than 1 year ago
Loved this book, and best of all my two boys really loved it, very cute. It's hard to find silly books that are well written that can keep a boy's attention. Enough action for my 7 year old twin boys to keep them interested and giggling throughout the entire book. There are so many poorly written children's books out there it is always nice to find one that is funny, keeps their attention and is well written. Cute characters, we love to count out the peas and try to figure out where they all have gone by the end of the story. Also try our favorite Ahlberg book The Pencil!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great read for all ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a funny, action packed story about a boy and his dinner. My daughter loves it and I don't mind reading it over and over. The illustrations are pretty simple but very expressive.