The Runaway Dinner Paperback – 4 Jun 2007
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Funny, touching, ridiculous and dramatic - a treat from start to finish. The Guardian
About the Author
Allan Ahlberg has written nearly 140 titles for children, including Everybody was a Baby Once, The Pencil, The Runaway Dinner and such classics as The Jolly Postman series and Peepo. His books have won numerous awards: the Kurt Maschler Award in 1986, the Blue Peter Award in 2001 and the Children's Book Award in 2002. Allan lives in Bath with his family.
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Each of the items in the story is given a name, and as Melvin makes his escape we move through an increasingly surreal and fantastic landscape in which the doings of all the other items are also narrated.
The illustrations are quite unusual, and in themselves provide a lot of the impact and the talking points of the story. My kids, aged 8, 4 and 15 months love this story and never tire of hearing it. The greatest thing about it, in my opinion is the fact that it is interesting for adults as well because it never dumbs down. The use of language is interesting and even poetic in places and it has a lovely rhythm and narrative pace which gives it the shape of an old fashioned classic, rather like the gingerbread man, from which it undoubtedly took its inspiration. Inspired work.
The illustrations are good - with a bright fun feel that perfectly matches the story - and the whole package is a great delivery of a quirky tale.
And if you enjoy this, then follow it up with Half a Pig or The Cat who got carried away, by the same author.
It's a hilarious book for children. My kids love the story. The laugh along with it.
I love Allan Ahlberg books. Very entertaining!
My children (aged 2.5 and 5.5) both love this story and have asked for it time and again. Much hilarity to be had at bedtime (particularly as one of the carrots has my Christian name!!). Engaging story and great pictures.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely love this book. A child brought it into class and after reading it with my year 1s I just HAD to buy it. My children loved the fast-pace and the funny pictures.Published 2 months ago by Krys
Bought for 3 and 6 year old boys and they both loved it. They still really enjoy it now and they're 5 and 8. An absolutely fantastic book. Very funny, engaging and lovely pictures. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amanda55
This book is brilliant! The story is very funny both for mum and child!Published 12 months ago by BGB