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Runaway Dinner Hardcover – 1 Jun 2006
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"Ahlberg's direct and funny storytelling style makes reading as near-effortless as possible, and certainly shows that any effort is worth it." The Guardian on The Woman Who Won Things"
About the Author
Allan Ahlberg is one of the most acclaimed children's authors writing today. His titles (many of which were illustrated by his late wife, Janet) include Each Peach Pear Plum, Peepo!, the award-winning Gaskitts series and The Jolly Postman, which, with its sequels, has sold over five million copies worldwide. He lives in Bath. Bruce Ingman is a talented author and illustrator whose work includes the picture books Bad News I'm in Charge!, shortlisted for the V&A Book Illustration Award 2004, and When Martha's Away, the overall winner of the National Art Library Illustration Awards 1996. He lives in London.
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It's a hilarious book for children. My kids love the story. The laugh along with it.
I love Allan Ahlberg books. Very entertaining!
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.
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.
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.
I don't want to repeat what has been said in the other reviews (apart from the fact I agree) but if you love this one, then 'The Pencil' would be a great addition as the characters are the same.
Definately worth buying both of the books together - little ones will not be disappointed! (and adults will enjoy it too!)
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