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The Runaway Bunny

(Over the Moon #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  79,670 ratings  ·  1,025 reviews
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
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published January 24th 2017 by HarperCollins (first published June 5th 1942)
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Sep 14, 2007 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
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Runaway Bunny (Over the Moon #1), Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illustrator)

A little bunny tells his mother that he is going to run away, becoming variously a fish, a rock on a mountain, a crocus in a hidden garden, a bird, a sailboat, a circus acrobat, and finally a little boy, until he resigns himself to stay where he is and remain her little bunny. Mother Bunny appears as a fisherman, a mountain climber, a gardener, a tree, a cloud, a trapeze walker, and finally the mother herself.

Jul 30, 2008 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
Tina Haigler
Sep 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, classics, kids
I have to be honest. I'm shocked by the amount of negativity this book got in the reviews. It's just downright silly. This is obviously about a young rabbit, who is angry about something--probably being told to clean his room or the like--not a teenage rabbit who wants to go out and enter the world. The message here is that the mother will always be there to love him and protect him, even if that means saving him from himself, since he is too young to understand the consequences of his actions. ...more
Jan 22, 2008 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.
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those looking for a beautifully illustrated and imaginative bedtime story
4.5 stars. Beautiful illustrations of a mother rabbit and her son. I can see how this might read as the rabbit son is stifled by his mother whom there is just no escape from, if you read it with this in mind it does become quite amusing, but I can see it's intended to show that the mother rabbit is there for her child no matter what, no matter where. I really liked the imagination of the scenes illustrated, the rabbit son sprouting wings and the rabbit mother becoming a tree was wonderful. This ...more
Jul 26, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I need to know where Daddy Bunny is during all this...

Considered a classic picturebook which tells the simple story of a young bunny who wishes to gain independence and runaway from home.

On the one hand it's quite a sweet tale as a mother's unconditional love dictates that she will follow him with every outlandish suggestion that the little boy bunny makes, though a modern take makes the mother feel way too possessive as she stifles her young ones quest for adventure.
It's quite controlling behav
Now unlike many readers, I actually never did experience Margaret Wise Brown's The Runaway Bunny as a young child (because while as a child in Germany I did get Eric Carle and Maurice Sendak picture books read to me in German translation, Margaret Wise Brown's work was unknown to my family). And perhaps this is also one of the reasons why the book (and first encountering The Runaway Bunny as an older adult) actually feels a bit uncomfortable and even a trifle strange with regard to both the auth ...more
Jun 21, 2020 rated it did not like it
A harrowing tale of an overly possessive mother.
My review: This is a book about the ultimate helicopter parent browbeating their child back into codependence. Cool story. Give that child some freaking space, mom, or he's gonna go away to bunny college and go NC. Honestly, this is sort of boring to look at, especially the black-and-white illustrations, and I do not blame my work kiddo for plaintively asking "How many pages is it??" halfway through.

The five(? six?)-year-old's review: "The red eyes are creepy." A few pages later, at the circus p
Dec 31, 2007 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

4.5 stars

After I had read Margaret Wise Brown’s popular children’s book “Goodnight Moon,” I wanted to read more of Margaret Wise Brown’s works and I happened to stumbled upon another one of her popular works called “The Runaway Bunny,” along with artwork by Clement Hurd. “The Runaway Bunny” is a truly cute story about the love shared between a parent and child that children will enjoy!

The story starts off with a little bunny wanting to run away from home and when he told his mother about it,
Sep 23, 2012 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. ...more
Nov 20, 2007 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." ...more
Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was ok
Right from the start I didn't like the storyline. I also didn't like the drawings. Everything was so blend and boring. Could have been so much more, missed change! ...more
Nov 04, 2008 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. ...more
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: harper-read
This one was adorable!
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
A sweet book that shows a mother's love towards her wanabe runaway.

Illustrations by Clement Hurd are precious as well.

4 stars
Jul 31, 2007 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
Jan 26, 2008 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
Polly Batchelor
“If you become a bird and fly away from me, I will be a tree that you come home to.”
― Margaret Wise Brown, The Runaway Bunny

4/1001 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up
This book is forever close to my heart.

The Runaway Bunny is still a book that I think about often. Given my love of rabbits growing up, an now, it's a book that my mom bought for me and read to me early on. I was her little bunny, and no matter what she would always be there for me. The book is about the safety of home and the love of a mother. It's about knowing that your family will be there for you no matter what, supporting you, loving you, thinking of you. It's a beautiful story, and a bea
Villain E
Apr 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Um. Here's another one where I'm reading a different book than everyone else.

You know how people think the song "I'll be watching you" by the Police is romantic? Even though it's about a stalker? This is the picture book equivilent.

A little boy bunny threatens to run away from home and his mother says she will follow him. He suggests magical ways to escape or hide, and she responds. "I will become a flower." "I will become a gardner and find you." I think the little boy is trying to run away be
Colton W
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
I love these beautiful pictures. And bunnies are cute.
John Yelverton
May 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Yeah, I'm not sure if this book is to show a child that his mother is always there for him, or that she's clingy and will never let him go. If I'm confused, imagine how confused the child will be. ...more
Jul 26, 2019 added it
Shelves: childrens, rabbits
A little bunny describes the ways in which he will try to run and hide from his mother. Mom bunny says, "No can do, I love you so much that I'll always find you."

Many of her responses are cute, like, "If you become a bird and fly away, I'll be a tree that you can come home to."

Some are weird like, "If you become a flower in a garden, I will become a gardener and I WILL FIND YOU." (Caps my own).

And some are off-putting like, "If you become a little boat and sail away from me, I'll become the w
Cathy Craig
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-for-james
James LOVED to read this book. 😀
Heather Stowell
Mar 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A remedy for restlessness and/or the type of Gypsy-blood, spring fever that is quickened by the wind and urges one to follow a wilder inner compass and throw caution to the four corners of the earth. This is a lovely children's book that reminds us that, "Home is where the heart is."
This book first published in 1942 helped quell my own bi-annual, hard-wired urge to uproot myself and start over somewhere new. Consequently, I read it aloud to both of my wayward and wanderlust children to hopefully
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mfa, fiction, childrens
I enjoyed this one more, probably because it has a story. A little bunny tries to think of ways to run away and its mother assures him she will be there for him at every turn. The concept sounds creepy, and it sure felt creepy at the beginning but as the story progressed, I felt the creepiness factor wavered. It read to me like no matter where the little bunny goes or does, they can always count on their mom to be there for them. Also, the juxtaposition of the colored illustrations with the blac ...more
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
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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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