Disclosure: This product was sent to me free of charge by HarperCollins Children’s Books to be reviewed. However, as per my PR info disclaimer, this review is my unbiased honest opinion of the product.
Product: The Runaway Bunny* by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd
Price: £6.99 (RRP)
Age Range: 0-4 years
Manufacturer’s Description: A new title in the amazing Essential Picture Book Classics list from HarperCollins. This book is packed with beautiful images and reassuring words as a mother bunny tells her baby bunny how much she loves him.
The Runaway Bunny, first published in 1942, has indeed become a classic picture book. Generations of readers have fallen in love with the gentle magic of its reassuring words and loving pictures. This beautiful new edition will be loved and shared by families for years to come.
Rating: (4/5 stars)
Review: This book is very sweet with a lovely little conversation between a mother bunny and her baby, about how the mother would always find her baby if he ran away.
“If you run away, I will run after you. For you are my little bunny.”
The illustrations alternate between black & white line drawings to illustrate each page with text on, and full two page spreads with colour paintings and no text in-between, showing the scene described in the last bit of the story.
The story is very gentle and the rhythm of the words are soothing – it makes a lovely chill out time or bedtime book.
It is obviously a true classic – written in 1942, it barely seems out-dated even now. Georgie enjoys the book and loves to spot mother & baby bunny in their various roles throughout the book. Her favourite page is when baby bunny becomes a sailboat to sail away from her, and mother bunny becomes the wind, to blow the baby where she wants him to go.
Georgie can find it a little too simple & boring at times, I think – although she is definitely enjoying it more as she gets older and is enjoying these kinds of books more. When we were first sent this she was really too young for it, and would just flick through the pages madly.
We give this touching tale about the depth of a mothers love 4 out of 5 stars. It’s position on the HarperCollins Essential Picture Book Classics list is certainly well-deserved.
This is the first in a series of children’s book reviews that I am doing this week, to celebrate Children’s Book Week 2013.