What will one loving Mother Mummy do to keep her own special, rotten little mummy from running away from home? She’ll squeeze, tickle, shriek, and follow him from the highest mountaintop to the deepest ocean. In this petrifying parody, no sea serpent is too terrifying, no ravenous plant is too horrifying, no humongous beast is too ghastly- this mother will stop at nothing keep her little one safe, well-fed, and rotten. That nice family of bunnies may give her a bit of a scare, though. If you love Margaret Wise Brown’s Runaway Bunny, Michael Rex’s Runaway Mummy should definitely be on your shelf.
Happy Halloween everybody! Last year, my mom gave me Michael Rex’s Goodnight Goon to read to my kids, and just today, The Runaway Mummy came mysteriously in the mail. I suspect my mother, or possibly my sister. Whoever it was, I am overjoyed to have collection of Halloween parodies of Margaret Wise Brown’s classic and beloved picture books completed. I read it to my kids tonight, and they loved it. There are a lot of parodies out there, and lots of them are terrible. This one is great, in part because the original is great, and Michael Rex has done a great job of sticking as close to the original formula as possible. Plus, it gave my little family a chance to discuss the meaning of the word cathedral, which is vocabulary building as well as cultural and religious education. Excellent evening!
To see if this fabulous book is at your library, visit world cat.
If you want to learn more about Michael Rex, visit his blog here.