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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (223 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Allan Ahlberg Narrator: Jeff Woodma Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Like most little boys his age, Banjo is hungry! He can’t wait to gobble up his delicious dinner. But as he sits at the table ready to dig in, something very wild and wacky happens. Melvin the sausage suddenly leaps from Banjo’s plate and leads Peter, Percival, Paul, Caroline, Clara, and the other peas and carrots on a daring escape. As the silverware, table, and chairs also flee the kitchen, Banjo begins a hilarious race to catch up with his very, very fast food. Two-time winner of the Children’s Book Award and the Kate Greenaway Medal, acclaimed British author Allan Ahlberg delights children of all ages.

Ascribing to him “the kind of genius that can dominate an era,” London’s Sunday Times ranks Ahlberg with Lewis Carroll and A. A. Milne. And the Gurardian believes The Runaway Dinner “confirms [Ahlberg] as one of the finest writers of picture books.”

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Jen | 2/12/2014

    " Not a fan. Read like a 7-year-old wrote it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nojood Alsudairi | 2/2/2014

    " I liked the illustrations. The plot? Not that great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cole Finnian | 1/31/2014

    " Zoom crash crash bang. Cross the street at the crosswalk. Go. Stop. And crash. Go. Faster faster faster. You can do it, you can do it. Go go go go. Crash crash. Bang. Boom. Go go. Oh no. You can do it. Climb. Whew. Go. Faster. 50 miles per hour. Stop. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Vicki Kier | 1/20/2014

    " A quirky take on the classic gingerbread boy tale, Ahlberg's rendering features a little boy Banjo, who takes off in pursuit of a cheeky sausage named Melvin after he escapes the dinner-plate one evening. Mayhem ensues as others, on and off the plate, follow Melvin's lead. Caution: although Ahlberg's outrageously long sentences drive the energetic flow of the text, and his excessive use of interrupting conjunctive adverbs is greatly responsible for the humor in this tale, some readers may find them tedious or exhausting, especially over multiple reads. Recommended for ages 4-8, with older readers encouraged to read it with an eye for the appropriate use of the comma. "

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About the Author
Author Allan Ahlberg

Allan Ahlberg is one of he most acclaimed and successful authors of children’s books. He is the author of The Snail House, The Cat Who Got Carried Away, The Children Who Smelled a Rat, Half a Pig, and The Shopping Expedition. Allan Ahlberg lives in Bath, England.