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The Runaway Bunny (Over the Moon #1)

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A little bunny keeps running away from his mother in an imaginative and imaginary game of verbal hide-and-seek; children will be profoundly comforted by this lovingly steadfast mother who finds her child every time.

The Runaway Bunny, first published in 1942 and never out of print, has indeed become a classic. Generations of readers have fallen in love with the gentle magic
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Hardcover, 48 pages
Published January 18th 2005 by HarperCollins (first published 1942)
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Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice SendakThe Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric CarleThe Giving Tree by Shel SilversteinGreen Eggs and Ham by Dr. SeussGoodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
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corrina
Sep 14, 2007 corrina rated it liked it
everyone loves this book. everyone remembers it being lovely when they were children. but if you read it again you may find it creepy. i do. the illustrations are beautiful, and the message i s'pose is charming. but my son and i both dislike it. he becomes rigid with boredom when i try to read this to him, and he has pretty good reading stamina for a 2.5 year old. he digs all the classics, but we agree that this book is actually somewhat spooky. the bunny is not really asking mommy to rescue him ...more
Neligh
Nov 20, 2008 Neligh rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: helicopter parents?
Shelves: children
If Max's mother had followed him to Where the Wild Things Are, you would have this book - assuming she allowed him to cross the ocean.

This is the story of a baby bunny and his mother. In it, baby bunny presents a number of imaginary scenarios in which he gets a little bit of independence for himself via turning into a child, a boat, a fish, a bird, and so on. For each scenario, mother bunny counters with how she would immediately catch him no matter what. You're a fish? I'm there with my net. Yo
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bruin
Jan 25, 2008 bruin rated it it was ok
Shelves: kidsbooks
so, ummm, the runaway bunny tries to set boundaries over and over to take some space in this story and basically their parent, tramples them over and over.. kinda creepy.
Kristi
Aug 31, 2015 Kristi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: harper-read
This one was adorable!
Joel
Nov 20, 2007 Joel rated it it was amazing
My all-time favorite children's book. A beautiful picture of love, as well as a beautiful "allegory of the soul." For the adults, watch the movie "Wit" - the book is read in one of the most moving scenes on film. As Augustine said, "Our hearts are restless until we find our rest in Thee."
Susan
Jan 04, 2008 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children frustrated by boundaries and the parents who love them
Shelves: picture-books-jp

My darling Jess decided to run away as a tot. Always the independent sort, the rules of the house were getting to her. Don't clunk your brother on the head, don't steal cookies, don't glue the cat to the floor, the usual. She packed a backpack, put on all her accessories (she was quite into a tiara and lots of beads back then) and set off. I was being the free to be you and me mom I tried to be when not hollering at my children - so I kept my distance and let her leave. With me shadowing her. It
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Walker
Jan 26, 2008 Walker rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Walker by: Mumsy
The best kids book ever. If you have lost faith in mankind, are being charged by a very angry rhinoceros, can't find your car keys, or are just simply depressed, this book will renew your faith in mankind, make you realize that car keys aren't that important anyway, lift your spirits better then any anti-depressant on the market (black or otherwise), and make the rhinoceros cuddle up with you with a mug of hot apple cider instead of throwing you 50 feet to land with 19 broken ribs and one less h ...more
Jessica
Nov 22, 2008 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrensbooks
It is hard to discuss children's books at length, but Margaret Wise Brown's books deserve discussion. Both the Runaway Bunny and Goodnight Moon are true classics. Beautifully written and illustrated, these books bring me a sense of calm (I don't know how else to describe it). These are peaceful books that are wonderful to read aloud.
Asha
Apr 21, 2016 Asha rated it really liked it
An excellent little book about a bunny and his mother. It's almost as smile inducing as Goodnight Moon. One thing is for sure. This little bunny is quite a character.
Deanna
Mar 04, 2009 Deanna rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any parent of small children
I had forgotten about this book until I ran across it at the library. The writing and illustrations are fantastic. Even though my three-year-old may not fully grasp the concept of ever-reaching mother's love, the drawings really fire up her imagination. Being able to turn oneself into a boat or a bird is pretty cool in her eyes and having Mama Bunny there is very reassuring to her.

It's especially a great book to read while you're preparing your little one for the arrival of a new sibling.

I will
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Emily
Sep 23, 2012 Emily rated it it was ok
This isn't one I'll be reading to my kids. Wherever you go, your mother will find you, so just stay home and eat a carrot? No thanks. Also, the things the mother changes into to find her bunny are often controlling: a fisherman to his fish; a wind to his sailboat; a gardener to his crocus. If it's about unconditional love, which I think it is, the things they change into could have better supported this message.
Lora
Sometimes we don't know just what to say. I like hearing myself talk, but I have to admit Ive had my limits. And sometimes, when a child is thoroughly angry with you, your own words may not be what they want to hear. This book was a warm and gentle tool. It was one I pulled out when a toddler was out of control with their anger, but heck, they were still sorta right, too. This one taught my kids that Mom was she who must be obeyed...and yet it also said I'm sorry; and of course: I love you. I lo ...more
Felicia
Feb 20, 2008 Felicia rated it it was amazing
This book makes me cry, it's so sweet.
Michael
Another classic by the author of Goodnight Moon. It alternates black and white pages containing conversation between the mother bunny and son bunny, with colorful pages containing no text to emphasize each reunion scene. Reading it recently, I was reminded of another classic, The Giving Tree, which I really dislike. Whereas they are both about the steadfastness of love, I disliked the "sacrifice everything" message of the Giving Tree. Here, the mother is persistent and steadfast, and tries to me ...more
Nanosynergy
Both my children loved this book and I repeatedly read it to them when they were younger. But I haven't read it recently. This week, I re-watched the 2001 movie "Wit" (starring Emma Thompson) - an HBO production of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize-winning play Wit by Margaret Edson. In one of the final scenes (which always makes me cry), Professor Ashford lays on the hospital bed with terminally-ill and near-death Professor Vivian Bearing and reads her The Runaway Bunny. Both are English professors. Dr. ...more
Jeffrey
Oct 29, 2011 Jeffrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another board book my son picked out to read with me. He picks more challenging books with my wife, not sure why I get the easy ones.

Anyway, a fun story about a child who wants to get away from his mother and the lengths she will go to, in discussion, to find him. It can be interpreted as creepy and controlling, much like Rainbow Fish can be viewed as bribe people to become your friends, but there's a quality to the art that makes it endearing.

The format of the story is repetitive, son's move a
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RLL22016_TeresaCamacho
Jun 04, 2016 RLL22016_TeresaCamacho rated it it was amazing
This children’s book tells the story about a young bunny thinking of all of the ways he could run away from his mother. .The little bunny then tells his mother all the things he would do to escape her, and she counters with all the things she would do to get close to him again. He will turn into a fish and swim away from her; she will turn into a fisherman and catch him. He will become a rock on a high mountain; she will become a mountain climber and climb to where he is. Finally, he decides tha ...more
Jordan
Jul 14, 2015 Jordan rated it liked it
Really, the only thing saving this book from a restraining order is the loving illustration of a winged, flying bunny. With a bunny tree lying in wait to capture it. #IWILLFINDYOU

Buy this title from Powell's Books.
Rebecca Davies
Sep 03, 2012 Rebecca Davies rated it really liked it
Shelves: pg3300
The Runaway Bunny is one of the stories that causes you to reminisce upon the times where you are told by your mother that whatever you may be in life, she loves you and you will always be her baby.
For a child, this is an easy story, the rabbit character makes it more accessible for the younger child. The story does retain the important message of the Mother Bunny being ready to follow the Runaway Bunny wherever he will go, or be with him whatever he becomes.It is a touching story for young chil
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Maria Bulfamante
Apr 03, 2015 Maria Bulfamante rated it it was amazing
A very playful book! Based on the game hide and seek!
Colton W
Dec 23, 2015 Colton W rated it it was amazing
I love these beautiful pictures. And bunnies are cute.
Kylie
Jun 11, 2016 Kylie rated it really liked it
The Runaway Bunny is a classic. I have fond memories of sitting in a recliner with my mom, listening as she read this story to me. And then when she was done, I would ask her to read it again! I loved the creative ways the baby bunny thought of successfully running away, and also the creative responses of his mom. What called to me most were the pictures. As a child, I loved seeing all of the ways the bunny and his mom evolved. For example, I like the full page spread of the baby bunny who looks ...more
Lindsay Shabet
Mar 30, 2016 Lindsay Shabet rated it really liked it
This children’s book tells the story about a young bunny thinking of all of the ways he could run away from his mother. With every idea he would present, his mother would come back at him with how she would never let him get away. Eventually, after many crazy thoughts, the young bunny realizes it is best to stay his mom’s “little bunny” and quits thinking of different ideas. A theme I drew from this story is that mothers will always be there for their children. No matter how far a child might tr ...more
Natalie Strong
Feb 02, 2016 Natalie Strong rated it it was amazing
The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown tells a story of adolescent troubles and a mother’s unconditional love. The plot begins with a young bunny explaining to his mother that he has a plan to runaway from home. His mother, surprised by the news, tells the little bunny that wherever he goes, she will follow. The story pursues with hypotheticals of runaway situations, and the mother persists that she will never leave her little bunny’s side. The little bunny finally surrenders, realizing that h ...more
Sandra Parrales
Jan 23, 2016 Sandra Parrales rated it it was amazing
The Runaway Bunny, is a book full of details about a baby bunny whose expresses to his mother he wants to run away. His mother also let him know that she will do what ever it takes for her to be close to him, because he is her little baby. The little bunny expressed all of the different options he will takes to keep his mother away from him, but his mother replied to him that she will find a way to always be close to him. It's a sweet story that shows the mother loves, and how difficult it's for ...more
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Sabrina Parsons
Mar 29, 2015 Sabrina Parsons rated it it was amazing
This book is about a little bunny who wants to run away. The little bunny expresses to his/her mother that they will run away and that the mother bunny will not be able to find them, but that is not the case. Every situation that the little bunny purposes the mother comes up with way to bring the little bunny back. An example of this is that the little bunny decides that they will become a bird and fly far away from the mother, but the mother bunny says that she will become the tree that the lit ...more
Nicole Fiene
Mar 08, 2015 Nicole Fiene rated it liked it
The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown is the prequel to the acclaimed sequel to the book, Goodnight Moon. This story sets up the background for characters that appear in both books by Brown. In The Runaway Bunny, Brown tells the tale of the little bunny who keeps trying to runaway from his mother. Throughout the book he makes up different scenarios as to how he will escape from her, but little does he know that mothers have a solution for everything, and with each scenario little bunny create ...more
Alicia Rotter
Jan 31, 2015 Alicia Rotter rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book. The Runaway Bunny showcases a little bunny that has many plans to run away, but no matter what he comes up with, his mother is always there to make sure her little bunny is safe. This book really captures the loved a mother has for her children. Mother's will always want the best for their little ones, and will do whatever it takes to make sure that happens.

The text was very easy to follow and did not over sell the meaning behind the book. One thing that I really
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Marissa
"The Runaway Bunny" by Margaret Wise Brown is a great children's book to have in a classroom. It's the story of a little bunny who talks to his mother about running away. Every time the little bunny talks about becoming a boat and sailing away, becoming a fish and swimming away, etc., the mother always comes up with a way to keep up with him (becoming the wind and blowing the boat where she wants, becoming a fisherman and fishing for the bunny, etc.). In the end the bunny decides not to run away ...more
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Margaret Wise Brown wrote hundreds of books and stories during her life, but she is best known for Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. Even though she died nearly 60 years ago, her books still sell very well.

Margaret loved animals. Most of her books have animals as characters in the story. She liked to write books that had a rhythm to them. Sometimes she would put a hard word into the story or p
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