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Run, Turkey, Run! is a children's book written by Diane Mayr, and illustrated by Laura Rader.

With Thanksgiving only one day away, can Turkey find a place to hide from the farmer, who's looking for a plump bird for his family feast? Maybe he can hide with the pigs... or the ducks... or the horses... Uh-oh! Here comes the farmer! Run, Turkey, run!


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  • Animal Talk: All of the farm animals can speak.
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  • Ax-Crazy: The Farmer.
  • Book-Ends: The final line of the book is: Run, Turkey, Run!.
  • Catchphrase: "Run, Turkey, Run!"
  • Cliffhanger: We are left with no conclusion as to whether or not the Turkey is caught or eaten for Christmas dinner.
  • Creepy Child: The farmer's children.
  • Distressed Dude: The farmer, when he and his family have to eat grilled cheese sandwiches for Thanksgiving dinner.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Turkey.
  • Gainax Ending: See Cliff Hanger.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The entire premise of the book is about a man trying to catch, kill, and eat the protagonist: Turkey.
  • Idiot Hero: The main character, Turkey, is shown to be exceedingly stupid as he tries and hides from the Farmer.
  • In-Joke: Delta Program. Awwwwh yeah.
  • The Kids Are American: The farmer's children. ...It's Thanksgiving, after all.
  • Off with His Head!: This is the Turkey's fate.
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