14 Jan 2020


She Ran Away From Love BannerToday I'm delighted to be sharing my thoughts on She Ran Away From Love by Mawson. One of several bloggers to be participating in this Book Tour capably organised by Rachel's Random Resources, you can find the links to the other blogs below.

She Ran Away From Love Cover
ISBN 978-1-925652-54-3
The Light of Love pours down on Frilly. It shines so brightly that she quails and runs away. Upset with herself for feeling scared, she wakes her good friend Mawson and pours out her confusions. She wants to learn how to be bold and is convinced that she can do this by going on a quest. With muddled help from Mawson she sets off into the great Out There. But is a quest to find oneself really the answer?
- Back Cover Blurb
(My apologies but because of the nature of the book I won't be sharing the First Sentence nor my Memorable Moment)

MY THOUGHTS ... Well! Certainly very different from my usual kind of read but surprisingly good.

The story of Frilly who is frightened by the idea of love, She Ran away From Love follows the adventures of a cute little teddy bear as she bravely steps out to conquer her fears ... and who knows maybe even finds herself in the process.

Marketed as being suitable for both children and adults, on the face of it every thing about the books shouts 'children' and yet ... 

And yet, what is basically a picture book, whilst younger children will doubtlessly love the pictures of Frilly (who wouldn't?) and the brightly coloured child-like font that tells the story, its my humble opinion that the concept as a whole will be most understood (and appreciated) by older children and in particular those of us who though young at heart have been around the block a few times as my nana would say.

SUMMED UP IN A SENTENCE ... A small book with a big heart ... and a universal message; would make a great Valentine Day gift.

SOURCE ... Received with thanks from Rachel @ Rachel's Random Resources.

Target Age: Children / Adult
Genre: Gift book, ‘Picture book for grownups,’ ‘novella with pictures’
Publication Date: 15 Oct 2019
Formats available: PDF or Paperbacks
Standalone Book
Estimated Page Count - 55

Mawson PhotoABOUT MAWSON ... Mawson, a big hearted, soul searching teddy bear, is here to help. He is one of this bright world's few Writer-Bears. He speaks about Being One's Best in an world that is often baffling – and not only for bears. He is often muddled about things (well, he is a bear). But he is always confident that things are going to turn out All Right.

Mawson’s Own Web Den: https://mawsonbear.blog
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Brian Joseph said...

Sometimes children's books can offer important lessons for adults. The title of this one made me think that it was one of those lighted romance novels.

sherry fundin said...

i love when a simple message can say a lot. this sounds like one of those stories. i don't read a lot of children's books, but have enjoyed the ones i have read
sherry @ fundinmental

Kelly said...

Like Brian, I first thought this was going to be a review of a romance novel. It sounds like a really sweet book, one that many of us could benefit from by reading.

Karen said...

I've been reading more mid-grade the past year and the books are so well written with very meaningful stories.

This sounds like a good one too.

Karen @ For What It's worth

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Mark Dwyer said...

Thanks for looking at my little pink book. And your summing up is pretty much what I had hoped people would think way back when thinking of doing a little fun gift book. You have helped greatly.