The Runaway Bunny: Margaret Wise Brown & Clement Hurd (HarperCollins Children’s Books, 1942, 1972, 2013)
This is a newly published edition of a classic first published seventy years ago with forty year old illustrations. The text is as perfect and relevant today but I’m afraid the illustrations don’t work as well for me. Perhaps it’s the size of the book, the illustrations may work better in a smaller format. This is the same duo who created the infamous Goodnight, Moon which I wouldn’t change at all but I’d love to see The Runaway Bunny with new illustrations. I am probably in a very small minority with this classic!
I hadn’t actually read The Runaway Bunny before, at least I don’t remember it but probably have seen it as a child. As a parent, the text is just perfect.
Once there was a little bunny who wanted to run away.
So he said to his mother, “I am running away.”
“If you run away,” said his mother, “I will run after you.
For you are my little bunny.”
For MG and DG, the whole book is lovely. They love the slightly surreal illustrations (flying bunnies, bunny ears as sails for a boat!) I tell them I would do everything the mummy bunny would to get them home as I love them too, which they find quite silly! I do like how the book changes between text with line illustrations to double page paintings as it is different from most books today (maybe a re-illustrated version is a bad idea after all!) and makes this something different for MG and DG to experience.
Overall, a beautifully written classic in a lovely new edition that parents and carers will relate to and children will enjoy knowing that they are loved too. It would be a lovely mother’s day gift – at any time of year!
Disclaimer: We were sent a copy of The Runaway Bunny by HarperCollins Children’s Books for review. No other financial reward was given and the opinions are my own. I was not asked to write this post.