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  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (1 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452101108
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452101101
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 0.6 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 348,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Young listeners are certain to clamor for this one again and again . . . and that is good news." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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Jeff Mack has illustrated 13 children's books, one of which he also authored. In addition, he paints murals that are displayed in libraries, restaurants and hospitals.

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Rabbit is excited because he has made a picnic to share with his friend Mouse. But just as they are ready to eat, it starts to rain. Rabbit brought his umbrella, but the wind picks up and blows Mouse and the umbrella away.

And so goes the story. Each time Rabbit does something good, Mouse finds something bad. It's not as simple as being optimistic or pessimistic. I mean, most of what happens, being chased by bees or a bear, is just stuff that happens to them.

The story is simple and fun. Kids will absolutely enjoy it.

But here's what makes the story unique - it contains only three words: Good, bad, news. Everything else is told via the picture. I found a couple of the pictures a tad hard to follow at first, but when you flip the page, it's easy to tell what was happening. Since the pictures tell the story, not only is it a very fast read, but kids will be able to thumb through the book and read it on their own.

And the illustrations are just on the edge of being cartoons. Kids will certainly enjoy them.

Overall, I found this a fun book that will delight kids and parents.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Optimist or pessimist? Which are you? 9 Oct. 2012
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The good news is that this book is brilliant and funny. The bad news is...ummm...let's see...nope, can't think of any bad news! This book only uses four different words, but those four words, combined with the terrific artwork, manage to convey an entertaining story about a picnic gone terribly wrong. Because so much of the story is told through the images, it should be completely accessible to even the youngest children.

The story also carries a subtle message about the merits of optimism and pessimism. The two characters are polar opposites, with the rabbit embodying complete commitment to viewing the positive in any situation, while the mouse can't help but see the downside in every situation. But the conflict between the two builds tension that in the end changes the characters, and can provide parents with ideas to discuss with children who are a bit older. An excellent book for parents and children to share.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Clever, nice pictures and a story you can change each time 19 Oct. 2012
By Burgmicester - Published on
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This is a clever concept. The book is made of wonderful pictures that illustrate the story beautifully. But the best thing about this book is that this grandparent can tell a different story each and every time. With the baseline story and pictures, it is easy to fill in more and more with each telling. It never gets boring because you can re-tell the moral of the story in any fashion you desire. I don't know if this was intended or not, but I really like the concept.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great fun! 7 Aug. 2012
By Carole P. Roman - Published on
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This book is so much fun. My grandson loved explaining why some things were "good news" and why other situations were not. The fact that each page just has two words, we were able to act out all kinds of drama and silliness into the emotion of the image. He was giggling and never tired at the explanations. A fun read that can be made into a great read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A charming, fun way to learn the concepts of "good" and "bad" 4 Oct. 2012
By D. A. Ross - Published on
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Good News Bad News is a short, colorfully illustrated book aimed at nursery school-aged children or younger, who are maybe just learning to read. Good News Bad News can essentially be classified as a picture book, as it only contains the words "Good News" on one page, followed by "Bad News" on the opposing page, and there is no overarching story. So while it may not help a child develop their vocabulary, it will help develop concepts of "good" versus "bad," as each scenario depicts a different good and bad scene.

Overall, a fun, clever and amusingly illustrated book, enjoyed by both adults and children.

One quick edit: after having this book for over a week now, I discovered just how durable the pages of this book are, thanks to a hands-y 18-month-old, who attempted to rip the pages in half, but ultimately could not. So it should stand up to even the most active kids!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
MInimal Text Makes Good Learning Tool 7 Oct. 2012
By M. JEFFREY MCMAHON - Published on
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The characters, budding friends, a rabbit and a mouse, don't speak throughout their up and down adventures. A narrator says "good news" or "bad news" depending on the situation, cupcakes falling in their lap, a picnic basket, apples falling from a tree. But these goodies are interrupted by rain, bees, and a raging bear. The minimal text allows the parent, the reader, to fill in the blanks and ask questions to their toddlers.

The art work is excellent and the subtext, two different creatures forging a friendship through a struggle, is a good theme for toddler.

My twin girls, 2 years old, love the illustrations.

Highly recommended.
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