Perfect Picture Book Friday! Give Me Back My Book! by Travis Foster and Ethan Long

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 it is a fun book about sharing and teamwork.

Give Me Back My Book!
Co-Written and Co-Illustrated by Travis Foster and Ethan Long
56 pages – ages 4+

Published by Chronicle Books on September 5, 2017

Theme/Topic- Sharing/Teamwork/Reading
Genre- Fiction
Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “Hey, wait a second, Redd. That’s MY book.” “I beg your pardon, Bloo, but this book is mine.”

Synopsis from Publisher: “This book is full of wonderful WORDS and beautiful PICTURES! And it’s EXCITING! And it’s FUNNY! It might be the BEST BOOK EVER—if we could decide whose book it is. Redd and Bloo explore the way a book is made and accidentally build a friendship, too, in this tale told only in dialogue. Travis Foster and Ethan Long offer a hilarious story about the joy of reading, which brings people together in unexpected ways, proving that each book truly belongs to . . . the people who love it.”

What I Thought- This is a really great book! I really like how the two creatures are quite polite to each other (“I beg your pardon”), at least until it escalates of course. That really gives parents a chance to discuss correct and incorrect ways to settle a disagreement – a really nice touch! I enjoyed how the two characters eventually work together and forget about their squabbles. They don’t try to just solve the problem by revenge – they make a trade, skills which could also be pointed out by parents and teachers. The illustrations are bright and fun to look at. The text is simple for young readers. Long and Foster have created a wonderful picture book – one that is fun for kids, and one that can be used by parents. I really hope to see more from this duo!

Activities and Resources- There is a good list of team-building activities from HERE.

There is also some great reading/writing activities for different age groups from HERE.

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

Categories: Age 1-5, Age 6-9, Perfect Picture Book Friday

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12 replies

  1. Wow, 56 pages is long for a picture book. But it sounds like enough tension to really keep kids listening.

  2. What a terrific idea for a picture book! Chronicle is known for allowing authors the space to tell the story as long as they do it well. Can’t wait to check this one out! Thanks, Erik!

  3. I’m gonna have to find this one. Thanks Erik for highlighting it.

  4. Those two colorful guys need to learn sharing. So do I, but that’s another story for another day…

    Love and licks,

  5. Sounds like a bit much for my toddler storytime, but I have been invited to a read-a-thon at an elementary school…!

  6. Am surprised at the length. But if it is well paced and contains a lot of humor, kids will love it! Great cover!

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