The Runaway Dinner by Allan Ahlberg

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Talk about fast food! A hilarious, high-speed tale from the inimitable Allan Ahlberg — catch it if you can!

What happens if someone's dinner decides that, well, it doesn't want to be eaten? For a hungry little boy named Banjo and a savory sausage named Melvin, it's a plight that can only result in a breathless escape — and what a chase it is! Off speeds the sturdy sausage — leading fork, knife, and plate, chair and table, a handful of fries with various French names, and three fat little peas — out the door, down the street, and around the park, with poor Banjo taking up the rear. Will the famished boy ever catch them? And what (gulp) happens to Melvin if he does? Allan Ahlberg is in his element with this fast and funny tale, while Bruce Ingman's kid-friendly illustrations add visual comedy to the chase.

About Allan Ahlberg

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Allan Ahlberg was born in 1938 in South London, and grew up in the Black Country. He worked as a teacher, postman, grave digger, soldier and plumber's mate before he became a full-time writer. He met his wife and creative partner, Janet at teacher training college. It was because Janet wanted to illustrate a book that Allan wrote his first book, the Brick Street boys. After that, together they wrote 37 books. Janet died in 1994 and Ahlberg discontinued his writing career for a few years before picking it up again.
Published August 8, 2006 by Candlewick. 40 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books.

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Just as a boy named Banjo is about to eat dinner, his sausage, Melvin, jumps up and runs off, accompanied by the dish, fork, knife, carrots (all girls named Caroline, Clara, etc.), peas (all boys named Peter, Percival and Paul) and so on.

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The Runaway Dinner by Allan Ahlberg, illustrated by Bruce Ingman (Walker, £10.99) Allan Ahlberg has made a practice of deconstructing classic stories and putting them back together again in a deliciously different way: The Jolly Postman and Each Peach Pear Plum are just two of the finest examples.

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Illustrated by Bruce Ingman, each page looks like a kid's painting and offers plenty to look at, search for, and count.

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If kids have no issue with that, they'll find plenty to laugh at in the pandemonium that ensues as a result of the food chase.

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