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Run Wild

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  538 ratings  ·  128 reviews
Get back to nature in this gorgeous sunlit filled book that celebrates the joy of being outdoors.

"Hey, you! Sky's blue!" a girl shouts as she runs by the window of a boy bent over his digital device. Intrigued, the boy runs out after her, leaving his shoes (and phone) behind, and into a world of sunshine, dewey grass, and warm sand. Filled with the pleasures of being alive
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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Nov 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
What an inspiring children's book! "Run Wild" follows two kids who set out to explore, running through fields and woods and getting muddy and even diving into a lake to cool off.

The illustrations were colorful and cute, and the book moved along quickly with its rhymes. I also liked the author's description on the dust jacket: "David Covell grew up in the wilds of Maine and only came home when it was time for dinner ... This is David's third picture book -- one that he hopes will inspire everyone
Jul 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for New Picture-Books About Getting Out Into the Outdoors
Author/illustrator David Covell offers a poetic tribute to the joy of running wild through the outdoors in this, the third picture-book he has produced. Minimal but poetic text - "Hey, You, Sky's blue! (forget your shoes) OPEN that door and... Sprout, you're out!" - is paired with bold illustrations, which look to be done in watercolor. From exploring the cool darkness of the forest to experiencing the hot sand at the shore, there are many pleasures to encounter in this lovely summer-time idyll. ...more
Jun 15, 2018 rated it liked it
The perfect read-aloud for children of avid runners, with high-energy illustrations to match!
Denise Lauron
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved the illustrations in this book. The book would be perfect to read to a child and enjoy the illustrations. I read it quickly, but I'd enjoy it again.
Robyn Storm
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Run Wild” is a fun, adventurous story about two children exploring the great outdoors, from front yards to forests to the beach. They encounter all sorts of animals, plants, and weather, making it a truly cute journey.

As a reader, I loved the way the poetry wove in and out of the illustrations. Everything about this book seemed to flow, as if the story itself was leading you (the reader) through these different landscapes. It truly made me want to put away my phone, my music, my other noisy dis
Ashley Lynne
Dec 23, 2019 added it
Shelves: i-own-it
I don’t know if I can give this a rating because it’s just a short quick picture book for small children that I only bought to give to my nephew. I just wanted to read it first. Lol

It’s a good book if you want to encourage your children to love the outdoors and have free and open spirits.
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Good summer read-a-loud. Illustrations are abstract and fun.
Erin Murphy
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun and interesting illustrations. The book is nice and mostly rhymes. It would be a nice read aloud for the spring.
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved the feel of this book. The energy! It made me remember how it feels on the first day of summer!
Mary Ann
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love the illustrations bursting with energy and play.
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This gorgeous book crackles with energy and begs to be read aloud. Every page is full of sweeping motion and the call to play. David Covell has written a chant designed to pull children from the gray, dim world of indoor play to the colorful, squishy, wet, muddy, and prickly world of outdoor roaming. In this book, two friends explore woods, puddles, the ocean, and a thunderstorm, complete with twigs to (ouch) poke your bare feet and stumps to trip you up – but they help each other up and keep on ...more
Ellie Labbett
Covell’s Run Wild is an ode to the wonder and beauty of the wild. Frenetic in its telling, two children leave the flat toned, dark indoors to spend time frolicking through nature, awash with colour, textures and sound. Nothing will stop these two children exploring, and I felt that Covell really captures the essence of endless days spent outside during childhood. Sadly, not a common experience for all children, but one that I am sure many would be inspired to have after reading this book.
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Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Head outside with this picture book that encourages children to run in nature. Sunshine, fresh air, breezes and dirt are all celebrated here. Jump in the water, talk to worms, run through the woods. The joy of running fast, getting dirty, howling and diving. The book is entirely outdoors and movement through nature, a pelting quick book that is full of natural delights.

The text has organic rhymes embedded in it. It works really well read aloud where the rhymes fall into place in a natural way, e
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The more I think about this book, the more I like it. The watercolors alone are amazing: I enjoyed examining them and admiring the brushstrokes. The rhyming grew on me as well. (How can you not like "squirm" and "worm" in a children's book?) It would be fun to read this with students, and then have them write and illustrate their own stories/pictures about ways to have fun outside.
Jillian Heise
I want to share this with my niece & nephew when we're at the lake this summer. Gorgeous illustrations! On a second read I saw an implication of a deeper meaning as a allegory for life and challenges. ...more
Visually stunning, flowing poetry - an encouragement for children to get outside whatever the weather and enjoy all the outdoors has to offer us!
A book after my own heart. As with my own childhood, David spent his days out in the wilds exploring, getting dirty, discovering animals, plants, climbing and rolling around in the mud. Much of these adventures are lost now to children or sanitised. Not this one.

Splashed with watercolours and sweeping, racing typography, this poem zips across the pages. It begins with a boy inside, looking out at a friend perhaps who races past. She calls him out and together they run through woods, onto sandy
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Winter is in full force with a series of less-than-desirable weather scenarios playing out across the country for this evening and weekend. Extreme temperatures, snow and rainfall, and high winds figure in the mix. This is, whether you embrace this season or not, an ideal time to dream of a balmy setting.

If we could spend a single day, now, in pure sunny summer perfection, what would we do? Run Wild (Viking, Penguin Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, June 5, 2018) written and
Kate Sumner
Run Wild is a book is about the feeling of freedom from being outside. The words are expressed in a poetic way as the illustration has us follow to kids who run in exploration. They run through fields, woods, past a cave, and into the sea to relax until the sun sets. I found the book really cute, but had ended as fast as the running children and when you’re having a blast (always seems to end too soon). After reading the book, it made me want to go back to my elementary days and hangout in a for ...more
The busy watercolors here imbue the text with lots of momentum. The illustrations definitely convey a sense of action, the main thrust of which is clearly meant to be get outside and DO and BE ACTIVE and ENJOY in the natural world. The illustrations are reminiscent of Chris Raschka, which is to my mind a good thing and definitely appropriate given the book's energy. Upon reading that the author hails from the wilds of Maine and enjoyed a childhood largely spent outdoors, my appreciation increase ...more
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Beautiful watercolor illustrations--the ocean waves were breathtaking.

Love how the book encourages kids to "run wild" and uses poetry and the illustrations to show them what kids are supposed to do--get dirty, talk to worms, dive in the ocean, etc. For some reason though, I felt that the book ended short. I was loving the vibe and the rhythm, but then it cut off instead of coming to a satisfactory close--that's the feeling that made me give it 4 stars instead of 5. But I bet this gets some conv
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Run Wild by David Covell. PICTURE BOOK. Dial (Penguin Random House LLC), 2018. $18. 9780670014118



Rhyming descriptions of summer days playing in the forest and water. The watercolor illustrations and minimal use of words bring back memories of playing outside barefoot.

It reminds me of vacations to mountains or beaches, children free to roam. Lovely feel to the illustrations, nice solid binding.

M. Kijek, Library Teacher
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: preschool-2nd grade
Shelves: picture-books, nature
I'm sorry I didn't get this book until November. It seems like a perfect summer read aloud. Vibrant, moving illustrations (watercolor?) that begin and end with the endpapers -- a girl running through the trees, past a house, a boy joining her for a run and romp complete with mud, bugs, grass, hot sand, cool ocean. It's a joyful day despite a fall (that two-page spread made me laugh, the only two words being ugh and slug with the boy sprawled on the ground on one page and a slug on the other, bot ...more
Carol  Vanhook
Wonderful message to children and parents...get up and get outside! The great outdoors has so much to offer! David Covell's illustrations are beautiful! With paint and watercolors, he brings out the true beauty of nature and the outdoor world. Run, splash, and slide along on a great adventure when you read this book with a child!

This book has a perfect blend of rhyming words and brilliant splashes of color! A real Caldecott winner, I think!
Laura Giessler
This is a 3.5 for me. Its message is a lot like Moon--explore, get outside, be free; but I liked Moon better for the illustrations, the text, and the focus to the message. There is a rhythm to the text in this book, but there is so much going on in the illustrations, that the rhythm is lost because you need time to investigate the pictures. Still, a good, fun read encouraging the reader to explore.
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really really really loved the illustrations in the book! This is a great summer read for the kiddos who love to run wild and an eye opener for those who are afraid to. Who cares if your kids get muddy or run bare foot in the grass?! That's how they learn, explore, and use their imagination! I will be recommending this book ALL summer long!!!
Preston Stell
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
When I give a lower rating, I feel it is only fair if I give an explanation. The illustrations were okay, and the rhymes were okay. Overall the story was not very good....even if it is just a sing-song and rhyming book...I hope for some better content. I was underwhelmed by everything so it’s hard to even give it a middle rating.
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids, picture-books
This reminded me of my childhood where I could just explore and be a kid, but other than that it wasn't anything special.

There was one page where I had to look at it for a long time before I could see the torso on the kid. It was just legs and what looked like a spine. The belly button was on the opposite page. Weird.
Cheriee Weichel
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Like the author, I was lucky enough to leave the house in the morning with the only stipulation to be home for supper. We took a packed lunch and explored the hill behind our house or went in the other direction towards the river. David Covell captures the sense of freedom and joy in the wild and raucous ramblings of childhood.
Vernon Area Public Library KIDS
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Toddler-Preschool
All about me: Body--feet

Large illustrations paired with rhyming, onomatopoetic text make this an excellent classroom read-aloud in celebration of outdoor play, feeling nature beneath your feet, and exploring the open, free world outside your house.

Reviewed by: Miss Kelsey, Youth and School Services, Vernon Area Public Library
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David Covell grew up in the wilds of Maine and only came home when it was time for dinner. After earning a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh he moved to Burlington, Vermont where his work for Burton Snowboards was instrumental in creating the design culture of alternative sports. Today, he works as a graphic designer in New York City, and his work has been seen around the world and ...more

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