Itsy Mitsy Runs Away by Elanna Allen

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Itsy Mitsy has had quite enough of bedtime. So tonight she’s running away to the perfect place, where there are no more bedtimes ever (not even one). But running away isn’t as easy as it seems. There’s a lot to pack: Mitsy’s friendliest dinosaur, Mister Roar; a snack for Mister Roar; Mitsy’s dog, Pupcake (to keep the bedtime beasties away from said snack).…The list goes on and on. But with a helpful dad who makes sure Mitsy doesn’t leave anything behind—especially not him—Mitsy might want to run away tomorrow night, too!

About Elanna Allen

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Elanna Allen lives in New York with her husband and son, 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
Published May 3, 2011 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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"She packed a lamp / to light up her pup / to bark at the beasts / to guard the snack / that she had packed / for friendliest dinosaur, / Mister Roar."

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Backgrounds are lightly sketched, scary "bedtime beasties" appear as dotted outlines, and Mitsy's declarations often appear in prim, vintage-looking borders.

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Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.Find out more Parents need to know that this is a book about bedtime drama -- and that while the protagonist may want to run away, she ends up being too tired to go through with her plan.

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At the turn of each page, Mitsy's wagon goes from full to ridiculously full, and the inventory list grows progressively larger like the continuing verses of "The House That Jack Built" (another favorite requested bedtime reading around this house, as well as Itsy Mitsy Runs Away: She pack...

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