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Itsy Mitsy Runs Away Hardcover – May 3, 2011

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“Mitsy may be itsy, but she has no shortage of energy or determination…. Debut talent Allen, an animator and character designer, has a breezy drawing style and a cheery disdain for logic reminiscent of 1950s-era cartoons…the freewheeling art stays anchored by Allen’s very funny text, which combines rhythmic, cumulative passages with Mitsy’s irreverent, precocious voice.”

--Publishers Weekly, March 21, 2011, *STAR

“Whether on a lap or in storytime, children will feel the pull of loose rhyme, pleasing momentum and mounting ridiculousness….Varied layouts, full of effective flourishes…highlight Mitsy’s panache and her father’s gentle manipulations. The irresistible tug of clever language combines with visual pizzazz to make this runaway story a runaway hit.”

--Kirkus, April 1, 2011, *STAR

“Itsy Mitsy, a small girl in bright green pajamas, hates bedtime and decides to run away... The bright, minimalist cartoon illustrations are rendered in pencil with digital color, primarily using greens, yellows, and oranges. This entertaining story will appeal to any children who have fought against the dreaded bedtime.”

--School Library Journal, May 2011

“From the first page…this lively story will draw young preschoolers with its cumulative farce and sense of rebellion…The scenarios get wilder and wilder with each page turn, and the fantasy is extended in the hilariously detailed, pencil-and-digital illustrations…. Underlying the laughs, it’s the girl’s warm bond with her father that forms the heart of this high-spirited story.”

--Booklist, May 2011

About the Author

Elanna Allen lives in New York with her husband and sons, where she writes and illustrates children’s books and designs characters for television. She wrote and illustrated Itsy Mitsy Runs Away and has created characters for Disney, Nickelodeon, and PBS. Stop by and say hi at ElannaAllen.com.

Elanna Allen lives in New York with her husband and sons, where she writes and illustrates children’s books and designs characters for television. She wrote and illustrated Itsy Mitsy Runs Away and has created characters for Disney, Nickelodeon, and PBS. Stop by and say hi at ElannaAllen.com.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442406712
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442406711
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #754,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brilliant debut in children's books from celebrated animator Elanna Allen, will have you and your child giggling joyously as you share the charming story and enjoy the stunning illustrations of a plot to which every kid can relate! Bravissima, Elanna!
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I checked this book out from the library last summer for my granddaughters and they absolutely fell in love with it. The cadence of the story is captivating and the characters absolutely charming. Both of the girls asked to receive a copy of the book for a gift. They did :) One of the most endearing children's books I've run across in some time.
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I nanny and had stumbled on this book at the library and my kids THREW A FIT when I took it back. I ended up having to go back and get the book from the library while I was waiting for the book to get shipped to me. It is a permanent on the kids bed now lol. All my friends and family love it to!
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My son can't get enough of this book. He loves its colors, loves the story, and loves Itsy's little dinosaur outfit (how do I get one of those?). It's a story all small kids can relate to, has a great cadence, and is just really nicely written and illustrated. We can't wait for more from Ms. Allen!
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I had anxiously been awaiting Ms. Allen's foray into the book world. I had heard of her work as an animator for years in New York and London.

It was worth the wait. Beautifully illustrated and insightful, Ms. Allen did not disappoint. It should be an instant classic.
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Elanna Allen takes a very common childhood occurrence and retells it in such a fresh and entertaining way! Most of us, at one time during our early childhood, made the decision to run away from home. It was usually because we thought that all those chores were unfair, or we didn't like eating lima beans, or we insisted that bedtime was too early. We look back on it now and laugh at our naive outlook on life, but at the time we took the whole thing quite seriously. It's one of those signs that a child is beginning to discover and assert his or her independence. Itsy Mitsy Runs Away approaches this very important subject in a way that both kids and adults can relate. Like any great children's book, children are drawn to (and learn from) the story while parents enjoy a nostalgic chuckle. It's an added bonus that the artwork is absolutely gorgeous!
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I purchased 'Itsy Mitsy Runs' away for my 5.5 year old son but I must admit that I enjoy the book just as much as he does! Mitsy is feisty and precocious and she won't take no for an answer. Mitsy's dad clearly knows her all too well and his witty responses to her are perfect! Ms. Allen is as talented an illustrator as she is a writer and her illustrations are a wonderful complement to the story. Don't miss Itsy Mitsy--tons of fun for kids and adults alike!
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