Robert Munsch

Ready, Set, Go!

By Robert Munsch
Illustrations by Michael Martchenko

Ages 3 - 8
32 Pages
Scholastic Canada Ltd.
ISBN 978-1-4431-4658-6 Paperback
ISBN 978-1-4431-4657-9 Paper over board
Also available in French: Un, deux, trois, partez!

Miranda’s dad is going to his very first marathon. But they get there late and Dad sends Miranda back to the car for his lucky water bottle. Before she can find it, the starter’s horn goes off and the runners are off!

Miranda grabs the water bottle and dashes down the course looking for her dad. She runs up hills and down hills, and catches up with runners wearing tutus and vegetable costumes and normal clothes. She asks each one: “Have you seen my dad?” Some of the runners are nice, some ignore her, and some call her a pipsqueak, but none of them has seen her father.

Finally Miranda gets to the finish line, where she finds her father ... and gets a big surprise!

View an excerpt   About the story

About the story

Miranda wrote to Robert Munsch in 1996 and said that her dad ran marathons. Munsch did not have a marathon story, so he wrote this one and sent it to her. He had never met Miranda, but in 1998 he visited her school in Vancouver, not remembering that she went there. When he went to the school, this is what happened:

The principal said, “Well, of course you want to see Miranda.”
And Munsch said, “Who?”
“Miranda Lee,” said the principal, “the kid in the Marathon story.”
And Munsch looked at him and said: “Well, of course!”


And that’s the story behind that story.

ART ALERT: Did you recognize the star of another Munsch story in one of the crowd scenes? It’s Lauretta from Zoom!

Image credits

Image credits:

From Swamp Water. Text copyright © 2013 by Bob Munsch Enterprises Ltd. Illustrations © 2013 by Michael Martchenko. All rights reserved.

From Too Much Stuff! Text copyright © 2010 by Bob Munsch Enterprises Ltd. Illustrations copyright © 2010 by Michael Martchenko. All rights reserved.