Rex, who parodied Goodnight Moon with the creepy Goodnight Goon, pokes monstrous fun at another Margaret Wise Brown/Clement Hurd collaboration, The Runaway Bunny. Instead of the cozy call-and-response of Brown's rabbits, Rex crafts an amusing, mock-threatening exchange between a green-faced mummy and her son, who is threatening to run away. " 'If you run away,' said Mother Mummy, 'I will get you! For you are my rotten little mummy!' " Though their conversation is neither cute nor fuzzy, the images reveal mutual affection. When the child mummy says he "will become a gargoyle and hide on a freezing mountaintop," his mother responds that she "will turn into a dragon and breathe fire on you to keep you warm!" A double spread, modeled on Hurd's wordless paintings, shows the dragon heating the grinning gargoyle, who says, "That's a little hot!" Only when the little mummy threatens to become a soccer and piano-playing "little boy" rabbit (he and his family are shown in a familiar green room with a red carpet) does his mother express horror. Rex fondly and cleverly imitates the original, echoing its tenderness even as he mocks it. Ages 3-5. (Aug.)[Page 44]. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
K-Gr 2-Children will enjoy comparing this parody page by page to Margaret Wise Brown's The Runaway Bunny (HarperCollins, 1942). When a little mummy gets in trouble, he begins an imaginary game of chase with his mother. Distinctive headgear and occasional bandages identify the two through their spooky transformations. When her child becomes a serpent, gargoyle, or huge bat, the mother becomes the sea monster, dragon, or ancient cathedral necessary to be with her child. Only when the little mummy becomes a boy (actually a bunny) who "takes karate and learns to play piano" does his mother have to use her "most savage, awful, terrible, bloodcurdling shriek" to save him. She bursts into a room, which Clement Hurd might have painted, and terrifies the parents while the green goon from Rex's Goodnight Goon (Putnam, 2008) peers through the window. Little mummy thinks it's all a scream and decides to be his mother's "rotten little mummy" forever. Rex uses pencil drawings colored in Photoshop for his lively cartoon illustrations. Librarians might pair this story with Brown's classic or with Robert San Souci's Cinderella Skeleton (Harcourt, 2000) for a spooky take on another classic tale and an eerie, laugh-filled storytime.-Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN[Page 67]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.