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Itsy Mitsy Runs Away

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  407 ratings  ·  73 reviews
NO ONE likes bedtime, and Itsy Mitsy has had quite enough. So tonight's the night she's running away to the perfect place where there are no more bedtimes ever (not even one). But running away isn't as easy as it seems. There's a lot to pack: Mitsy's friendliest dinosaur Mister Roar; a snack for Mister Roar; her dog, Pupcake, to keep the bedtime beasties away from said sna ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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OK, yes, the illustrations are really assured, and I love the color, and even the curlicues all around Mitsy's speech bubbles. And yes, the single dad is great.

Four things: the House-that-Jack-Built parts don't really rhyme or scan, though it's clear they're supposed to be set aside from the rest of the text; I am suspicious of books for children that make jokes at the child character's expense (ie, we know the dad isn't REALLY helping); parents who taunt their children--no matter how unflappab
Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Fun Bedtime Stories
A young girl with a distaste for bedtime decides to run away, rather than submit to being tucked in. Her father, wise in his ways, encourages her to take more and more with her, from her favorite dinosaur, to scare away night-time monsters, to a snack for said dinosaur. Eventually, having taken everything and the house with her, the girl is tired out, and falls asleep...

Itsy Mitsy Runs Away is the third picture-book I have read from author/illustrator Elanna Allen, and of the three, it is the on
Mar 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Itsy Mitsy is a little girl who hates bedtime. So much that she decides to run away. Her Dad reminds her that she will need to pack, starting with a friend to make sure she’s not alone. Mitsy packs her toy dinosaur, Mister Roar. Then Dad reminds Mitsy that she will need food for her dinosaur. So she packs a snack for him. Dad remarks that Mister Roar is not the only one who likes bananas, in fact they could attract the Bedtime Beasties! So Mitsy packs Puptart, her ferocious toy dog. She packs a ...more
Jaime Sanborn
Jul 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Itsy Mitsy is the CUTEST storybook child ever drawn. If CindyLou Who and Max,King of All Wild Things grew up and had a child together- Itsy Mitsy would be her.

This palm-sized, dinosaur-costumed, rebel has decided that bedtime is NOT for her and that she must run away. However, her broken-hearted father can't bear to let her go without at least helping her pack! She needs all the right gear to protect her from the Bedtime Beasties! (These Beasties look very similar to some well-known monsters th
Dornel Cerro
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing

Itsy Mitsy is a spunky little girl “who really, really, for real (I‘m not even joking) …” does not like bedtime. When she decides to run away, her clever dad reminds her of all the things she’ll need. First her suitcase and then her wagon are overflowing with all the paraphernalia of childhood. How’s she going to light the lamp to keep away the beasties? Large, colorful and humorous illustrations against pale backgrounds bring focus to the characters and a ghostliness to the beasties. Using a Ho
Frankie Gray
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This one has been a bedtime staple for about six weeks now. Mitsy is the little girl who runs away with her favorite dinosaur, Mr. Roar, and her dog, Puptart, because she hates bedtime. Mitsy's dad pretends to support her independence, but as the pages turn we see it's a long con to get Mitsy to bring him along. You can look at it as a manipulative parent, or a silly game played by a loving father. I'll take the latter. By the end of the book, as Dad tucks Mitsy in, she seems to be in on the jok ...more
Jen Fier Jasinski
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
If I were running away today I'd pack Elana Allen's ITSY MITSY RUNS AWAY in my bag.

I find Mitsy irresistible. She is pocket-sized but packed with spunk, and delightful in her dinosaur costume complete with goggles. This fiercely fearless child plays a silly game of “running away from bedtime” with her perceptive, play-along father. As she packs more and more in her bag, Mitsy grows both weary and wise.

ITSY MITSY RUNS AWAY is an especially applicable read for these #stayhome days.

(You know your c
Danielle Joseph
Jan 07, 2020 rated it liked it
There are too many bumbling, child-like fathers in children's literature today, so thank goodness for Itsy Mitsy's dad! He is able to parent like a pro, validating her feelings of dislike towards bedtime while also kindly teaching her a lesson in consequence when she decides to run away.
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: doodle-books
I loved this book so much I looked to see what else the author had done, I was disappointed to see there isn't a whole series of Itsy Mitsy books.
Cute with repetitive themes that would be good for litter kids, this lovely book is also a bit funny for adults too.
Lynn  Davidson
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a funny cumulative story about a little girl who didn't like bedtime so she decided to run away. The problem was there were so many things she couldn't go without.
Bookworm's Nemesis
Sep 02, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Really enjoyed this book...from the clever story idea of a threatening to run away and her father's responses, to the illustrations.
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 子供向け
I love the illustration of this book, love it!
Jul 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Itsy Mitsy does not like bedtime. So, she decides to run away – and her father helps her pack! He humorously reminds her of the things she will need, until she’s packed him right up with the house. Her stuffed animals and toys take on a life of their own, crawling out of her suitcase and wagon, spinning a larger than life cumulative tale that is a delight to read over again. Colorful illustrations humorously embellish the tale as the tiny girl carries away piles of items that are twice her size ...more
Aug 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Itsy Mitsy does not like bedtime. So, she decides to run away – and her father helps her pack! He humorously reminds her of the things she will need, until she’s packed him right up with the house. Her stuffed animals and toys take on a life of their own, crawling out of her suitcase and wagon, spinning a larger than life cumulative tale that is a delight to read over again. Colorful illustrations humorously embellish the tale as the tiny girl carries away piles of items that are twice her size ...more
Oct 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this picture book! The illustrations are darling and the premise is one that is familiar to so many children. I remember my mom helping me pack my pink plastic suitcase after I declared I was running away because I didn't want to clean my room. Even with such a familiar topic, the book still remained fresh and equally hartwarming (while still being quite funny)! I especially loved the opening pages: "Have you met Itsy Mitsy? She's a little girl who really, really, for real (I'm not even ...more
Jun 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
This book is absolutely charming. Itsy Mitsy is a very determined little girl- determined not to go to bed and she will even run away to avoid it. Fortunately, Itsy Mitsy has a clever, loving father who makes sure she has everything she needs to run away, especially himself. I loved the adorable illustrations and the fun, repetitive text, and I loved her friendliest dinosaur, Mister Roar. My daughter enjoyed this story and asked to read it again and again which I think is the highest compliment ...more
The Library Lady
Jul 14, 2011 rated it liked it
The crafty parent who loads the "I'm running away" kid with so much luggage that they can't go anywhere has been done many, many times before--I recall it from one of the "Ramona" books among other places. This is cute enough--perhaps even a little TOO cute. I am trying to figure out who Mitsy resembles so strongly--I am thinking some animated cartoon of the past--but I found her a little TOO adorable for my saccharine meter to tolerate her. This will have a fan club, but I'm not really a member ...more
Dec 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. The illustrations are fantastic and the story is great. It was hard to keep the toddlers paying attention, not enough drama for them perhaps, but the large blocked text on some pages of the story really got them excited again after a lull of plot. The repetition of supplies, with adding things she brings each time, really reminded me of a Dr. Seuss book, so it was great for Narrative Skills, but parts of the book were hard to read to the toddlers. I would use this book again, ...more
Mary N
Jan 31, 2012 rated it liked it
It's a cute story of a little (preschool) girl who uses her imagination during bedtime. Because Mitsy doesn't like bedtime, she tells her daddy that she is running away and, with daddy's help, she imagines herself packing all the things she will need during her time away from home - until she falls asleep. Some parts of the story remind a little of the "Where the Wild Things Are". The problem that I have with this story is that I just can't imagine a little preschooler saying "I am running away" ...more
Jun 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Oh my - this might be my favorite book of the year so far! It is definitely my favorite cumulative story after the Napping House. An energetic, nimble story with such likable characters (Itsy Mitsy and her dad make a good team). Cute, but not cutesy. I LOVE the line drawings throughout and I love the color palette. It is obvious (in a good way) that she studied animation. I can't think anything that I don't love about this book!
Dec 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book first caught my attention because the little heroine reminded me of a pint-sized Clara from The Guild. But it truly happened to be a very cute and hilarious story of a girl who tried to run away to avoid bedtimes with the aid of her father. The first page alone made me burst out laughing. ...more
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kiddos
Another favorite of E., 4 years old, who also doesn't like bedtime. The book is the adorably illustrated tale of a little girl who decides to run away from bedtime... and ends up packing up her entire life to take with her! I think the story-telling might be a little hard for a young child to follow, but the building repetitions (in the style of "the house that Jack built") create a great momentum, and the entire thing is full of wonderful child-logic that will amuse any parent!
Emma Apple
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is just beautiful. It has a sassy little main character who, like every child who ever existed as far as I know, doesn’t want to go to bed. As the story goes on, the father does a little bit of that reverse psychology, you know what I mean parents, and it gets more and more absurd (as bedtime often does). I just loved this book, my kids loved it, it was funny and fun to read and the illustrations are just beautiful, the color palette is soothing and bold at the same time too.
Jul 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Itsy Mitsy is determined to run away. Her father is very supportive and keeps reminding her of all the things that she will need to pack before she runs away.

Why I started it: Great reviews from the librarian literature.

Why I finished it: Darling illustrations! I can't wait to share it with my story time kids.
melanie (lit*chick)
Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-lit
This is the first non-board book Evie has embraced. She calls it "little run" and brings it to me for "sit and read". Love the illustrations (especially the imaginary beasties), love the story, could probably do without the trying to pull the outlet off the wall part....we don't need any extra encouragement around here. Fun and sweet.
Aug 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Age: Preschool - Kindergarten
Humor: Absurdity (not for literal or young children)

This little tyke sure doesn't want to sleep, even if it means running away. But on the way out the door, her dad helps her pack so that she is ready for whatever adventure lies ahead.

I love the artwork and colors, but the random use of cumulative storytelling was a little jarring.
Nov 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Appeal Characteristics: stylistic art, lovable little plushies, Dad, and Mitsy.

I LOVED THIS BOOK! I hope that if I have a rambunctious child like
Mitsy...I'm as smart as her dad. I loved the little plushies expressions (as well as Mitsy trying to avoid the invetiable!) I liked how the dad outsmarted her...and the fact Mitsy can pack everything she needs in her little station wagon!
The Brothers
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Such a charming story of a little girl who doesn't want to go to bed so she decides to run away. Her father "helps" her pack, and by the end of it (very There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly-esque) she has to bring her father along with her (to mow the lawn of her house which is has to bring also...)

Great illustrations.
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