Perfect Picture Book Friday – Good News Bad News by Jeff Mack

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Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because I think this is now one of my favorite Picture Books and Josie, my little sister, liked it too. 🙂 

Good News Bad News

By Jeff Mack

40 Pages – Ages 1+

Published by Chronicle Books on July 4, 2012

Theme/Topic – Moods/Thinking Positive

Opening and Synopsis – GOOD NEWS, Rabbit and Mouse are going on a picnic. BAD NEWS, it is starting to rain. GOOD NEWS, Rabbit has an umbrella. BAD NEWS, the stormy winds blow the umbrella (and Mouse) into a tree” (taken from the front jacket flap). 

Rabbit always looks on the bright side. Mouse is a bit grouchy. Can they have a nice picnic together?

Why I liked this book –  This is one of the best books for kids just starting to look at books. The whole story is told using just FOUR words! The illustrations are bright and cute, the words repeat, making it easy to teach kids how to read. The story teaches that their moods can affect other people. I have read this 6 times already, and I still enjoy it!

Activities and Resources –

Chronicle Books made a nice activity kit to go with the book, you can click HERE to go there.

I also thought you could plan a picnic! If something bad happens, talk to your kids about something good that can come out of it.

The Trailer is really cute, I like the voices. 🙂

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

Categories: Age 1-5

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65 replies

  1. I agree, Erik. This is a very fun book. And the author/illustrator is a friend of mine! And believe me, he is just as nice and fun as his book. 🙂

  2. Sounds like a great book, Erik! I love the whole idea. Have you ever read Fortunately by Remy Charlip? It’s fun, and similar to your pick but with fortunately unfortunately instead of good news bad news 🙂 Thanks for sharing a great book and great activities!

  3. So clever with just four words. Love the trailer.

  4. It sounds like such a cleverly done book, Erik! Thanks for sharing this one here. And thanks for stopping by at my entry too:)

  5. Sounds fun and another reason I wish I could illustrate. 🙂

  6. Loved the trailer and the whole idea of the book. I am going to find this ASAP!

  7. What a wonderful book for toddlers! I love it when stories are told through images. Then the children can “read” the story to you.

  8. Great review! My 7-year-old would love this. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks!

  9. Talk about a great story working with the “glass half full” and the “glass half empty” scenario. And that is a wonderful trailer. Thanks for sharing, Erik 🙂

  10. When I saw the title in my email, I have to admit I was worried that YOU might have bad news, silly mother! As your PPBF book states all news could be good! ‘Maybe’ you have heard this Zen story (#6-Maybe)? : . Let me know what you think!

  11. Four words — very cool! It’s like looking at the glass half empty or half full. Glad you shared the video as it gave me a better sense of the book. Sounds very funny. Understand why you and Josie like it so much!

  12. I love Jeff Mack’s books. Thanks for sharing this new one!

  13. So clever – so good! That’s my four word summary of your terrific book pick!

  14. I love the theme of this book. I am always trying to help my kids look on the bright side of things, so I think this book would help with that. Thanks, Erik!

  15. This book looks fantastically clever! I can see why you like it so much. Thanks for sharing it, Erik!

  16. Cute book for the little ones! I got The Infinity Ring in the mail yesterday. I am off on holidays but will read it when I return. (I’m only taking my e-reader with me and probably won’t read as many books as you did on your holiday)

  17. Great video. The book must have terrific illustrations. I wish I could draw every time I see a great picture book.

    Good news: I love picture books!
    Bad news: I cannot draw.
    Good news: I love picture books!

  18. LOL…… This is so cool.
    Good News: Love the idea
    Bad News: Can’t draw
    Good News: Love your reviews
    Bag News: I’m not on everyday
    Good News: I can catch up…..LOL Great choice Erik!

  19. Looks so cute! one I”ll have to find.
    Thanks for sharing!

    *Yay* for PPBF! 🙂

  20. The trailer had me laughing out loud! I love that the book is only four words with the art conveying the meaning behind them. Oh-and your entry for Susanna’s summer writing contest was fantastic! (I don’t think I commented on it when I read it.)

  21. This is such an important life lesson for any child (any adult too!) Glad This post is back!

  22. The book does look adorable! Hope the transition to the new school is going well Erik. Cheers!

  23. Julie the cover makes me want to read this book. 🙂 I LOVE this concept!!

  24. Erik! This sounds like a very charming book that I’d enjoy too! I’m glad you still enjoy picture books. 🙂

  25. Good News, sounds perfect for my little guy. Bad News, we don’t have a copy. Good News, you shared it with me so I can get one. Bad News, I won’t have it when he wakes up. But, as you can guess there is Good News as we’ll have a copy soon. I really like the education material too.

  26. This looks like a wonderful book, Erik! It reminds me of a book I used to read to my kindergarten classes years ago…I think it was called, “Good Luck, Bad Luck” or something like that. I will definitely try to get a copy of this one!


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