Book Review: Itsy Mitsy Runs Away by Elanna Allen

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Itsy Mitsy Runs Away by Elanna Allen

Itsy Mitsy is a little girl who hates bedtime.  So much that she decides to run away.  Her Dad reminds her that she will need to pack, starting with a friend to make sure she’s not alone.  Mitsy packs her toy dinosaur, Mister Roar.  Then Dad reminds Mitsy that she will need food for her dinosaur.  So she packs a snack for him.  Dad remarks that Mister Roar is not the only one who likes bananas, in fact they could attract the Bedtime Beasties!  So Mitsy packs Puptart, her ferocious toy dog.  She packs a lamp for light on her way, but can’t get the outlet out of the wall for power.  So she does the only thing she can…She packs the entire house.  Now what to do with her Dad?

This very funny picture book does not take the expected story line at all.  Children will be amazed when Mitzi just keeps on packing, all the way to packing her house.  The sudden change to a book that is fantasy not reality, makes for a great twist that will take readers by complete surprise.  The writing is witty and gracefully written.  It reads aloud beautifully.

Allen’s art is a large part of the success of the book.  Mitzi is depicted in her shiny green alligator/monster suit with orange goggles.  The home around them done in blues and greys fades nicely to the background, but offers details.  Then the fantastic parts of the story are done in wild yellows and greens, adding to the twist of the tale.

A very funny, successful bedtime romp that takes readers on an unexpected journey.  Appropriate for ages 4-6.

Reviewed from copy received from Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

Also reviewed by 5 Minutes for Books and Through the Looking Glass.