Book Review:The Runaway Mummy

The Runaway Mummy mocks the gently smothering The Runaway Bunny with its story of a “rotten little mummy” whose departure plans include life as a sea serpent and a huge bat.

His mummy, in typical helicopter-mom fashion, declares her intent to pursue him throughout as a dragon and a monstrous gorilla. But his plan to become a little boy who plays violin and chess horrifies her into a less tender reaction (and gives the author and illustrator a chance to let his creepy mummy chase away a houseful of wholesome bunnies).

If you’ve winced at the stalking plans of the Margaret Wise Brown’s protective bunny mama, you’ll get a giggle from the mummy version, but this “parody” offers a cute story with colorful, cheerfully drawn illustrations that will amuse even a kid without any knowledge of the other book.

—KJ Dell'Antonia

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