The Day I Ran Away (Holly L. Niner)

Hello, friends! Our book today is The Day I Ran Away, written by Holly L. Niner and illustrated by Isabella Ongaro, a delightful tale of a little girl’s eventful day.

Catching up with her daddy before bedtime, Grace relates some surprising news: she ran away today. Naturally, her father is curious as to why, so Grace unpacks the trials and tribulations of her difficult day. First, her favorite purple shirt was dirty, so she had to wear a white one instead. Then, they were out of her favorite cereal. After she gets sent to her room for coloring WAY outside the lines, she decides she’s had enough: she’s going to run away. Just one problem – she’s not allowed to cross the street by herself. So her mommy makes a suggestion: how about they set up her pop-up tent in the backyard, and she can run away to there. Brilliant! Grace enjoys her freedom right up until dinner time, when she decides to UN-run away… until tomorrow, that is.

Positively charming. I love when authors tell a story from a child’s point of view, and this one was so representative of actual child logic that it was hilarious. The dialogue-exclusive text is great for reading aloud, and encourages fun voices and creative emphases. Grace and her mom’s tumultuous day will strike a chord with any stay-at-home parent, and kids will laugh at the familiar antics of one of their own. The illustrations are adorable, colorful and sweet and filled with clever little details, such as Grace and her dad’s yoga poses as they chat (though I wish this cute detail had been highlighted more – I wouldn’t have even noticed had a glossary not been included in my review packet). The length was great, and JJ and I definitely had fun with it. A lovely little slice-of-life story, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the author in exchange for an honest review.)

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