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

7 Sep

Woot Woot Woot! Perfect Picture Book Friday is BACK!

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!

65 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book Friday – Good News Bad News by Jeff Mack”

  1. Stephanie Brockway September 7, 2012 at 7:11 am #

    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. 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 8, 2012 at 2:15 pm #

      That’s so cool! 🙂 If you see him, tell him that I really like his book!


      • Stephanie Brockway September 10, 2012 at 10:49 pm #

        I did, Erik. I posted a link on his Facebook page. He loves your blog!!


      • thiskidreviewsbooks September 11, 2012 at 7:27 am #

        Thanks Ms. Brockway! I got an email from him! 😀


  2. Susanna Leonard Hill September 7, 2012 at 7:26 am #

    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!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 8, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

      I looked at the preview on Amazon. It looks like it is for a higher reading level than “Good News”. I’m going to check it out! 🙂


  3. Joanna September 7, 2012 at 7:31 am #

    So clever with just four words. Love the trailer.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 9, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

      It is really cool that you can write an entire story with just four words! 🙂


  4. Richa Jha September 7, 2012 at 7:48 am #

    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. Catherine Johnson September 7, 2012 at 7:50 am #

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


  6. Penny Klostermann September 7, 2012 at 8:38 am #

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


  7. Kirsten Larson September 7, 2012 at 9:17 am #

    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. Carrie Finison September 7, 2012 at 9:39 am #

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


  9. Angela Brown September 7, 2012 at 11:15 am #

    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 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 9, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

      That is a great way to put it – “glass half full” and “glass half empty” – I wish I would have thought of that! 🙂


  10. julie rowan zoch September 7, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

    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!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 9, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

      I only heard/read “The four blind men and the Elephant” before. I liked all of them! Some, I didn’t understand, though.


      • julie rowan zoch September 10, 2012 at 11:38 am #

        I would be a little worried if you did, only because that would make you too ‘old’ already, and I like your fresh and curious take on things, unhampered by the life’s conformities. I hope you can keep your heart and mind open…always!


      • thiskidreviewsbooks September 10, 2012 at 7:22 pm #



  11. Patricia Tilton September 7, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    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!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 9, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

      It is cool that you can write a story with just four words (which are, good, bad, news, and very) 🙂 Glad you liked my pick!


  12. Laura September 7, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

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


  13. Cathy Ballou Mealey September 7, 2012 at 6:13 pm #

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


  14. Amy Dixon September 7, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

    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. Beth Stilborn September 7, 2012 at 8:40 pm #

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


  16. Darlene September 7, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

    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. KidLitReviews September 8, 2012 at 12:58 am #

    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. patientdreamer September 8, 2012 at 1:25 am #

    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!


    • patientdreamer September 8, 2012 at 1:27 am #

      Oops! second to last line surpose to read “Bad News” ….lol. Also can’t type…lol.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 9, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

      Good News: I am glad you commented.
      Bad News: We both need more time to comment on people’s blog’s we like!
      Good News: We both can catch up!
      Thanks Ms. Tulloch!


  19. clarbojahn September 8, 2012 at 8:12 am #

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

    *Yay* for PPBF! 🙂


  20. Heather Newman (@HeatherNewman12) September 8, 2012 at 8:18 am #

    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.)


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 9, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

      IT IS a great trailer and great book! Thank you Ms. Newman! I enjoyed writing about your picture! 🙂


  21. ontheplumtree September 8, 2012 at 9:31 am #

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


  22. Renee C. September 8, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

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


  23. Julie Hedlund September 8, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

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


  24. Myra GB September 9, 2012 at 3:04 am #

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


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 9, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

      It is a really cute book Ms. Bascal! 🙂 Who doesn’t like picture books? 🙂


  25. Stacy S. Jensen September 9, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

    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. viviankirkfield September 13, 2012 at 12:14 am #

    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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