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Reviewed by Bruce Arrington for Readers' Favorite
Did you ever think about running away when you were little? I remember it, vaguely, though I don't exactly remember why. I'm Running Away! by Lisa Beere is a charming illustrated tale of a boy who plans on doing just that. No one pays any attention to him or his needs (so he thinks), and so he sees no point in sticking around. He gathers his belongings for a Great Adventure, away from his family.
I found the cover to be eye-catching in a sad sort of way. Obviously the boy isn't happy he is running away, but it looks like he doesn't have a choice. The story is pleasantly told in a rhyming format, expressing Sam's frustrations and allowing us to see life from his point of view. The bright colors of the pictures certainly stand out and get the attention they deserve. I would recommend this story for children who are going through tough times, be they at school, home or anywhere else that they might feel neglected by those important to them.
Now I must point out that although the story does have a satisfying ending, not all children's problems are solved by fixing everything with a birthday party just for them. However, I think I'm Running Away! can help provide for a healthy discussion for getting to the reasons why a child would want to run away. Lisa Beere's book does well in touching upon a potentially important subject for children who might feel as though they have few options open to them.