Jennifer LaRue Huget teams up with Chris Sickels, the creative force behind Red Nose Studio, for a delightfully subversive tale, The Beginner’s Guide To Running Away From Home.
New York Times Best Illustrated artist Chris Sickels spent 15 months creating the art for Jennifer LaRue’s Huget 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.
Big brother being a pain? Baby sister getting all the attention? Mom making you eat your vegetables? Whatever your reason is, there’s only one thing to do. Run away! 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 practically ignoring you.
2. Next, you need to pack. ―Forget about tying a bandana to a stick. That’s so old school. Plus, 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 really sad, 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 really 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.
Jennifer LaRue Huget was way too big a fraidy-cat to run away from home, but her own kids were far braver. Each one made it all the way to the end of the driveway before turning around. Jennifer is the author of Thanks a LOT, Emily Post!, How to Clean Your Room in 10 Easy Steps, and, most recently, The Best Birthday Party Ever. She lives in Connecticut.
RED NOSE STUDIO (aka Chris Sickels) once tried to fashion a raft out of driftwood to float way down a dribbling creak that ran near his house; he was back home by four o’clock. Red Nose Studio illustrated Here Comes the Garbage Barge! by Jonah Winter, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year, called “eye-popping” by Kirkus Reviews in a starred review.
The book is published by Schwartz & Wade Books, and will be available in stores starting June 25, 2013