The Day I Ran Away.
While Dad tucks her in, a little girl named Grace calmly recounts her day--which was anything but calm. She had a tantrum (because of some injustices involving a purple shirt and breakfast cereal) and was banished to her bedroom before deciding to run away. Understanding that kids have ups and downs, Grace's mom wisely gave her daughter the space and time she needed to reach her own decision to return home--to open arms. "The Day I Ran Away" amusingly captures Grace's mutable moods and childlike logic. Warm, humorous digital paintings by Isabella Ongaro offer fun details to keep little listeners busy in perfect complement to author Holly Niner's charmingly engaging and original story. Kids can compare the bedtime and daytime scenes and try to figure out how Grace got that purple paw-print on her cheek--and when it got washed away. They can mimic Grace's facial expressions or copy her poses for some soothing bedtime yoga. And of course, they can create a safe place to run away to when the injustices of Pre-K existence become too much to bear. A pop-up tent in the yard and the haven beneath the dining room table are excellent run-away destinations--as long as you come home for dinner! Providing a perfect picture book story experience for children ages 5 - 7, "The Day I Ran Away" will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to family, elementary school, and community library collections. It should be noted for parents that "The Day I Ran Away" is also available in a digital book format ($7.99).
Holly L. Niner, author
Isabella Ongaro, illustrator
Flash Light Press
527 Empire Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY 11225
9781936261895, $17.95, HC, 32pp, www.amazon.com