Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Good News Bad News

Using only three words, Jeff Mack manages to tell a cute and incredibly eventful story about two little furry friends. In Good News Bad News, the shortage of words is made up for by the abundance of hilarious illustrations. The two main characters, a rabbit and a mouse, have wildly different views about the things that happen to them. The pessimistic mouse thinks being rained on is “bad news.” At the same, the optimistic rabbit sees having an umbrella as “good news.” To the mouse, being blown away in the wind, while holding the umbrella, is “bad news.” And so the story continues, with the rabbit and mouse running into all sorts of obstacles and seeing everything differently.

This book is a great one to read with kids of all ages. With so few words in the book itself, it provides your child the opportunity to practice her narrative skills by doing some of the storytelling herself. You and your child will undoubtedly have fun discussions about what is happening in each hysterical illustration. In addition, with the repetition of “good news” and “bad news” on alternating pages throughout the story, your youngster will be able to read the words in the book herself. So, if you’re looking for a funny, touching, and all-around cute book to read with your little one, stop by the library and pick up Good News Bad News. The good news is that you won’t be disappointed!


  1. That sounds like such a fun book! Love the idea of having discussions with my son about seeing how the same situation can be viewed in different ways. Hoping to raise an optimist! :)

  2. That does sound like a great book and I like the idea of being able to "tell" the story in our own words.