am 23. April 2014
As any parent will tell you, kids are a great source of fulfillment and joy. They also make almost constant demands on your time and attention, especially when they are really young. They make you put many of your personal aspirations and career goals on hold, and put breaks on your professional life. (I am trying to squeeze in writing of this review between a breakfast with my family and the time when I’ll have to take care of our toddler this afternoon.) In the end, the joy and fulfillment we get from our kids far outweigh all of the daily frustrations, but the more honest parents would admit that there were many moments when they wish they could just run away from it all.
“The Runaway Mommy” is a sweet and endearing look at the dreams of escape by one overworked mommy. She dreams of running away from her little bunny to San Francisco, Barcelona, New York, and several other places and activities. Her little bunny, however, finds a way to follow her into all of her daydreams and manages to interfere with her carefully laid plans. In the end, mommy realizes that those “infringements” are perhaps the most meaningful parts of her daydreaming experiences, and comes to relish and enjoy adventuring around the world with her little bunny. It is a very heartwarming story that would make you want to come back to over and over again.
A big part of the charm of this book lays in its illustrations. By turning mommy and her boy into anthropomorphic bunnies, the story takes away some of the possible harshness of the idea of a mother who wants to run away from her child. The illustrations are clear, crisp and very charming. They greatly add to the overall story, and in particular enhance its comic and amusing elements.
This book will appeal to a wide variety of audiences, but especially to parents and children. Even though the book has all the trappings of an illustrated children’s book, (cute illustrations, anthropomorphic animals, simple straightforward text), its theme directly appeals to parents in particular. Nonetheless, the children will find it fun as well. This is perhaps one of those rarest books, a children’s book that can equally be enjoyed by parents. And just like the conclusion of the book, the parents will find that enjoying the book together with their little bunnies is great and enjoyable experience for everyone involved.