The Runaways Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-09-08 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

" Loved, loved, loved this. Read it. " said.

" Really interesting adventure story. I loved the humor in the book and the adventure and most importantly the love between a grandfather and his grandson. " said.

" A very sweet (translated) story about a boy trying to help his widowed grandfather at the end of his life. Their connection is heartfelt. The simple and genuine writing is accessible for a middle grade reader and likely comforting to one going through a similar experience. " said.

" This book was beautiful. It was so compactly written, with each moment coming back at a later point in the text to create a feeling of depth and movement. It was heart warming and sad. It felt beautifully Swedish to me. I will read any Ulf Stark's books I can find. " said.

" If you could choose how you die, what would it look like? Would you choose to stay in a care facility? Choose hospital gowns, and hospital foods, and lots of hospital medicine?Or would you choose to go home, say goodbye to the already-dead love of your life, burn your funeral clothes, salvage the last jar of lingonberry jam, and resolve to be more pleasant and polite? All aided and abetted by sympathetic grandchildren - one real and one pretend. A short and beautiful story of a good death. " said.

" Wonderful edition by Gecko Press, with gorgeous illustrations by Kitty Crowther. The text is a bit lacking, maybe. Unlike the *marvellous*, *sublime* CAN YOU WHISTLE, JOHANNA?, this is a bit awkward, a bit cold, a bit lackluster. Can't explain, it doesn't flow like it should, the first person narration is somewhat odd and the undercurrents of hurt playing at the edges between father and grandfather... Dunno. " said.

" I read this entire book in about 45 minutes and loved it! The story of a loving grandson who does everything in his power to help his grandfather find peace as he nears the end of his life was really moving. Its written on an elementary level but I think adults will likely enjoy it just as much--if not more--than its intended audience. That being said, its great to have a book like this written for an elementary reader! Loved it. Highly Recommend. " said.

"This is a lovely little story about a boy and his grandfather, and I can totally understand why the boy would collude with his grandfather and take him back to his home for one night. My own father is currently in hospital, and now each time I visit he asks if I've come to take him home. The short answer to that is "No, not today." The long answer is that he broke his hip (now has a replacement part in it) and must be able to get around independently before they'll allow him back home with Mum. And that is taking a long time because he forgets to do the exercises the physio has given him and forgets that he broke his hip and gets so he can't be bothered doing anything.

The grandfather in this book has a different scenario. His heart isn't going to keep him going much longer, but he hates it in the rest home. There are some very funny bits where he swears dreadfully (no, not written down - this is a children's book!). And there are some lovely/sad bits where he misses his wife terribly and wonders if he'll ever see her again - does heaven even exist? he wonders.

The only thing I didn't love about this book is the illustrations (which I strongly dislike). Well, we all have different tastes and there are plenty of children's books where I don't like the style of the illustrations, so that's no big deal.
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