Wednesday, July 16

Bad Bye, Good Bye

Bad Bye, Good Bye
Written by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Jonathan Bean

My rating: ★★★

ISBN: 9780547928524
Publisher: HMH Books
Date of publication: April 1, 2014
Age: 3 - 5 years
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Themes: moving, changes, transition

When you have to move across the country, it's not so much a "good" bye as a "bad" bye. Toys are packed, the car is cramped, and you're sad. But maybe it can become an adventure. Maybe your new town has lots of good surprises in store.

I picked up this book because it's generating some Caldecott buzz, and rightly so! The art is inventive and wonderful, with amazing representation of motion. With a book all about moving/changes, it is a perfect fit. That being said, the story itself is a little mediocre--made more so with its being paired with such good art. It's a very brief with a basic rhyming scheme, and simply describes the moving process; very un-inventive. So if you're moving, read it to your kids. Otherwise, just admire the illustrations.

Find it at your library or on Amazon

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