Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Pencil and The Runaway Dinner

If you like a crazy, rollicking tale (we do!), then the author/illustrator team of Allan Ahlberg and Bruce Ingman is for you.  The Pencil is a the story of a lonely writing utensil who learns first-hand both the joy and pain of creating something.  First he creates a little boy named Banjo and a corresponding family of parents and pets to go with him, only to find they are quickly disgruntled with their creator.  When he whips up an eraser to meet their artistic demands, the eraser goes on a power trip and prepares to erase everything in its path.  Will Banjo and his family survive?  Will the pencil be destroyed by the eraser he himself created?  Or can he outwit him?   Pick it up to find out.

The Runaway Dinner revisits the same hilarious cast-of-characters that we first meet in The Pencil.  The Runaway Dinner is a fast-paced chase to catch little Banjo's runaway meal, (which, of course, is personified and does not like the idea of being eaten!).  Take a deep breath before you begin, you'll need it.  The speedy pace of the story and its almost run-on, runaway sentences will give your tongue an enjoyable, but exhausting work-out.   

As a lover of quirky literature, I give both books a double thumbs up. 


  1. I read Runaway Dinner to my kids a couple of weeks ago and I've been meaning to tell you how much they loved it! Thanks for the recommendation. I must have read it at least twice a day for a week. And, that tricky hiding pea at the end? Wonderful!

    1. Awesome - so glad they liked it! FYI - don't waste your time on Previously by the same author. Matthew's review: "Previously, blah, blah, blah. Blah, blah, blah, previously." He was so bored he didn't let me finish the story. I love that kids are so honest.


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