Looking for a spooky picture book to read the kids for Halloween? This parody of the cutesy children's classic The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown should fit the bill. The naughty Egyptian mummy boy in the story wants to run away from his mummy mummy.
His mother tells him that if he runs away she will get him because he is her "rotten little mummy." The book is full of fun illustrations of the various scary creatures the boy mummy threatens to turn himself into to escape from his mother, such as a sea serpent, a gargoyle, a huge bat and a gigantic man-eating plant, but the scariest thing he can think of is to become an ordinary little boy.
The author and illustrator, Michael Rex, also wrote the New York Times best selling Goodnight Goon, a parody of another Margaret Wise Brown children's classic, Goodnight Moon. These parodies are not unkind. They don't really make fun of the original books, just give them a new, slightly macabre twist. The sense of humour is similar to that of Roald Dahl but it is suitable for younger children than some of his books are. There are monsters but there is no actual gore or death in the story. I recommend it for ages three and up.