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Kindergarten-Grade 2–Children will enjoy comparing this parody page by page to Margaret Wise Brown's The Runaway Bunny (HarperCollins, 1942). When a little mummy gets in trouble, he begins an imaginary game of chase with his mother. Distinctive headgear and occasional bandages identify the two through their spooky transformations. When her child becomes a serpent, gargoyle, or huge bat, the mother becomes the sea monster, dragon, or ancient cathedral necessary to be with her child. Only when the little mummy becomes a boy (actually a bunny) who takes karate and learns to play piano does his mother have to use her most savage, awful, terrible, bloodcurdling shriek to save him. She bursts into a room, which Clement Hurd might have painted, and terrifies the parents while the green goon from Rex's Goodnight Goon (Putnam, 2008) peers through the window. Little mummy thinks it's all a scream and decides to be his mother's rotten little mummy forever. Rex uses pencil drawings colored in Photoshop for his lively cartoon illustrations. Librarians might pair this story with Brown's classic or with Robert San Souci's Cinderella Skeleton (Harcourt, 2000) for a spooky take on another classic tale and an eerie, laugh-filled storytime.–Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
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About the Author

Michael Rex lives in the Bronx, New York.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (August 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399252037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399252037
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,485,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Illustrator Michael Rex is the author and illustrator of many books for children. He lives in the Bronx, New York.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By JBebe VINE VOICE on September 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This parody of Margaret Wise Brown's classic The Runaway Bunny is the story of a rotten little mummy who wants to run away from his Mother Mummy. "If you run away," she says, "I will get you! For you are my rotten little mummy!"

The little mummy goes on to tell his mother all sorts of monstrous creatures he will turn into if she tries to get him. When he says he'll become a "humongous beast that tramples everything in [his] way," Mother Mummy responds, "If you become a humongous beast, I will become a sky-high monster with razor-sharp claws to tickle you!"

The illustrations are crisp and colorful and fun to look at. While in The Runaway Bunny there are two pages of black and white sketches accompanied by words, followed by a full-spread color illustration, The Runaway Mummy is all in color.

This whimsical story is super cute in a freakish way, showing to what ends a Mother Mummy would go to show her love for her rotten little mummy. There is a fun twist at the end, but you must read it yourself to find out what!

This adorable book and last year's Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody by the same author are PERFECT for Halloween and are wonderful gifts for fans of Margaret Wise Brown.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By My 2 Cents VINE VOICE on October 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Once there was a little mummy who wanted to run away. "If you run away," said Mother Mummy, "I will get you! For you are my rotten little mummy!"

In Runaway Mummy, a little mummy gets in trouble and he begins an imaginary game running away and being chased by his mother. The Mommy Mummy doesn't flinch when her bad boy transforms into lots of incredible creature: a serpent, a gargoyle, a huge bat, and a beast. It is only when the little mummy threatens to turn into a little boy that that Mommy Mummy begins to scream!!! If he is a little boy, that means: karate lessons, piano lessons, Spanish lessons, and more. How would he ever have time to be rotten?

Complete with beautiful colorful illustrations, this is one book, I think, that children will be asking to have read to them over and over again. If you enjoyed this author's 2008 book: Goodnight Goon, you are sure to enjoy this new book too. A perfect Halloween treat. RECOMMENDED
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Just like the bunny in Margaret Wise Brown's classic "The Runaway Bunny", a little mummy wants to run away. And just like the mother bunny, Mother Mummy demonstrates her love by telling her child what she will do if he runs away. Little Mummy goes on to tell his mother what action he will take if she does what she says she will do. Naturally, this is all done in an outrageously, monstrous, mummy fashion instead of "The Runaway Bunny's" soft and sweet bunny style. Still, "The Runaway Mummy" never loses the core message of a mother's love.

"If you turn into a serpent," said Mother Mummy, "I will become a sea monster that will wrap around you and never let go."

As the story moves forward, Michael Rex continues to demonstrate the mother's love. For example, she will keep her son warm, she will feed him, and she will watch over him forever.

The story and the characters are funny. Each page is loaded with fantastic illustrations, detailing lots of action and surprises. The mummies and the creatures that they become are colorful, cute, and non-threatening scary. I love that a hint of mummy wrapping remains around the face and head of each of the creatures they become. The mother creatures always wear her hat and collar. The little mummy creatures always wear his hat.

I also love the comical side comments that the little mummy makes. The surprise ending is very funny, and the last page is "bunny" soft and sweet in a funny mummy sort of way.

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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!
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