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July 30, 2013

7-30 Good Reads

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EDMOND — ‘THE BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO RUNNING

AWAY FROM HOME’

BY JENNIFER LARUE HUGET

Big brother being a pain? Baby sister getting all the attention? Mom making you eat your vegetables? Whatever the reason is, there’s only one thing to do. Run away!

Jennifer LaRue Huget’s knowing text blends perfectly with Red Nose Studio’s inventive art to provide the perfect plan:

1. You need a really good reason: “Like maybe your parents are going gaga over your little sister and ignoring you.”

2. Next, you need to pack. “Forget about tying a bandana to a stick. You’ll need something way bigger.”

3. Say goodbye to your pets. “It’s not their fault your family’s so mean.”

4. Leave a note. “Try to imagine your parents’ faces when they read it. If they look like they’re about to burst into tears, you’ll know your note is perfect.”

5. Make a big exit. “Stomp your feet and make lots of noise.”

And so the journey begins, and our red-haired hero finds himself on the run, with a world of decisions to make. Ultimately, though, readers will see that there is no place like home. Coming to a close with a heartfelt reunion between mother and son, this tale presents an engaging journey inside a creative kid’s imagination.

Red Nose Studio (aka Chris Sickels) spent 15 months creating the art for Jennifer LaRue Huget’s ode to childhood adventure. His clever use of found objects like candy wrappers, erasers, magazines, spoon handles, and fuse boxes are the perfect match for this protagonist’s elaborate scheming and creative spirit. Each spread of art is a photograph of an elaborately handcrafted set, making for a truly one-of-a-kind look for this offbeat guide to running away and, ultimately, coming home.

Ages 4-8.

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