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The Runaway Bunny

(Over the Moon #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  60,659 ratings  ·  867 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 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
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
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.

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, h
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
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."
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.
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: harper-read
This one was adorable!
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
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.
Colton W
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
I love these beautiful pictures. And bunnies are cute.
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
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
5 stars for the color pages and 3 stars for the black and white ones. I only want to look at the color pages.
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
Akemi G.
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-fiction, kid-lit
Which kid doesn't dream of running away? And of becoming something else? It doesn't necessarily mean he is unhappy at his home; on the contrary, he may dare to dream precisely because he is basically happy.

I love the old-fashioned pictures in which the bunny is, say, a fish in the river, yet still a bunny.

The one I read (75 year anniversary edition) comes with an essay about how this book was written and received. Worth a read.
Feb 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book makes me cry, it's so sweet.
Nov 10, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: bunnies, and similarly small, cuddly objects
I feel like if my ex-boyfriend had been read this book when he was three, we might still be together today. Maybe that's an unrealistic thought.... but maybe not.

There isn't really a way to know.
Shawn Thrasher
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm not a fan of these "I love you forever" types of books. I don't hate them, but they just leave me cold. Perhaps I have no heart. I definitely have no children (that I'm aware of), so maybe a baby would make me appreciate them more. I only picked this up because Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children's Literature as an Adult had some really interesting things to say about it. I don't want to spoil Handy's book - go read it. Clement Hurd's illustrations are pure 1940s, although more like an ...more
Lacey Louwagie
Ivan: Jeez, that mama bunny has some boundary issues.

But I thought it was a beautiful book. I loved the details in the color spreads and might read it again when Vanja is older so we can talk about it.
This was so sweet about a mother’s love! And Clement Hurd’s illustrations were charming!
Michelle (Sherbet Lemon)
adorbs! A Little Bunny wants to run away, mom says that if her little bunny becomes x she will be y, basically saying she cares a lot about her little one and always wants to be by his/her side.
May 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Apr 09, 2017 marked it as robin-s  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
My copy from when I was small.
Catie Currie
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I remember this book having some of the most soothing illustrations. As a kid, before i could read, i would just look at the pictures on my own. This is one of only 2 memories i have of doing this, so it's pretty special.
Cassie Hayes
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animals-2115
This book made me very emotional. I loved the way the illustrations have black and which pictures as well as colored pictures. The black and white pictures are of the bunny and his mother going back a forth about running away while the colored images of what each other have said they were going to be .
Jordan Tomeš
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fairy-tales
Cute. Could be a metaphor of God's undying pursuit.
RLL22018 Danielle Razo
As an adult, I did not enjoy the book as much as I would have as a kid. The book is not consistent in terms of illustration (going from black and white to color), which threw me off. The book makes sense and follows the pattern of "If you do A, I'll do B". I enjoyed that there were cute animals and some color to catch kids' attention.

The illustrations, in the book I read, were overly detailed, which I think kids would not like. I think kids would like the story in general, but might me overthro
This book is read to a terminal cancer patient at the end of this movie, and it is described as "an allegory of the soul."
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
First sentence: Once there was a little bunny who wanted to run away. So he said to his mother, "I am running away." "If you run away," said his mother, "I will run after you. For you are my little bunny." "If you run after me," said the little bunny, "I will become a fish in a trout stream and I will swim away from you." "If you become a fish in a trout stream," said his mother, "I will become a fisherman and I will fish for you."

Premise/plot: Will the little bunny run away from his home? Will
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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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