Written by Holly L. Niner
Illustrated by Isabella Ongaro
Two words: sweet and adorable. Both the story and the illustrations. Told mostly through dialogue, the words are sparse but meaningful. The illustrations give a lot of meaning to the girl’s actions.
A young, very independent girl is having a bad day, at least what seems like a bad day to her. She can’t wear her favorite shirt and she’s out of her favorite cereal. She goes to her room to color and colors her shirt instead. In a heap of trouble, she announces she’s running away. Mom packs her sandwich for her, then she remembers she’s not allowed to cross the street. So she runs away to the back yard with her pop up tent, her dog, her stuffed animals, and coloring pages. The run away session is so successful, she vows to repeat it.
The story shows how a little solitude can be a good thing, especially if we have a loving family to return to, or one that would like to run away with you.
- Title: The Day I Ran Away
- Author: Holly L. Niner
- Illustrator: Isabella Ongaro
- Published: Flashlight Press, 2017
- Reviewer: Sue Poduska
- Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
- Grade Level: K to 2
- Genre: Picture book, Fiction
- ISBN: 978-1936261898
- Extras: Website activity pages