Have you ever ran away from home? I had made many failed attempts growing up. I would gather my most valuable possessions; toys, white monkey, pajamas, Twinkies and run away down the street to my older sister's friends back porch. Life on the road was great but no matter what I always found my way home by dark, just in time for dinner!
Sickels handcrafted 3D illustrations, orginal works of art created from found abjects and one of kind sculptures, brings the reader's imgaination along for a humorous run away journey, only to find out that home is really the place we want to be!
Big brother being a pain? Baby sister getting all the attention? Mom making you eat your vegetables? Whatever your reason is, there’s only one thing to do. Run away! Huget’s knowing text blends perfectly with Red Nose Studio’s inventive art to provide the perfect plan:
1. You need a really good reason: ―Like maybe your parents are going gaga
over your little sister and practically ignoring you.
2. Next, you need to pack. ―Forget about tying a bandana to a stick. That’s so
old school. Plus, you’ll need something way bigger.
3. Say goodbye to your pets. ―It’s not their fault your family’s so mean.
4. Leave a note. ―Try to imagine your parents’ faces when they read it. . . . If they look really sad, you’ll know your note is perfect.
5. Make a big exit. ―Stomp your feet and make lots of noise.
And so the journey begins, and our red-haired hero finds himself on the run, with a world of decisions to make. Ultimately, though, readers will see that there really is no place like home. Coming to a close with a heartfelt reunion between mother and son, this tale presents an engaging journey inside a creative kid’s imagination.
So grab your snacks, your back packs, and get ready for The Beginners Guide to Running Away From Home! Ages 4–8, Schwartz & Wade Books, and available on Amazon here.
– By Ryan Maguire, AIB Adjunct Faculty and Illustration Blog Editor.