Saturday, January 12, 2013

Picture Book Review: Good News Bad News

Good News, Bad News

Good News Bad News
Written and illustrated by:  Jeff Mack
Published by: Chronicle Books, 2012

* My kids first read this story with my husband.  I had a pile of books that they had read with him that I hadn't read yet.  I asked them which one they wanted to hear again and they both agreed that this book was their favorite!

For a book that only has four words in it "Good News......Bad News" this book offers a lot!  Rabbit and mouse are friends but Rabbit seems to see the positive in things while Mouse tends to see the negative.  Each page has either Rabbit with "Good news!" or Mouse with "Bad news."  I enjoyed having the kids explain to me why each picture was either "good" or "bad" news.  Since I hadn't read the book I made predictions as I read.  My daughter was surprised, "How did you know that?!!" which led me to go back to the illustrations and have her think about the scenario.  In the end the book is really about friendship and spending time with each other, whether you see the glass "half-full" or "half-empty."

This book was borrowed from the library.

Family Rating:  2 thumbs up!


  1. We checked out this book from the library last week, and we loved it as well. It reminded us a lot of Remy Charlip's "Fortunately."

  2. This was one of our favorites of 2012! Thanks for sharing at The Children's Bookshelf.