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Good News, Bad News [Kindle Edition]

Jeff Mack
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

So begins this clever story about two friends with very different dispositions. Using just four words, Jeff Mack has created a text with remarkable flair that is both funny and touching, and pairs perfectly with his energetic, and hilarious, illustrations.

Good news, this is a book kids will clamor to read again and again! Plus, this is a fixed-format version of the book, which looks nearly identical to the print version.

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1-When optimistic Rabbit and unlucky Mouse go on a picnic, there is plenty of good news and bad news. Some good news-umbrella, apples, cake, cave. Some bad news-rain, worms, bees, bear. Unfortunately, all the bad seems to happen to Mouse, who eventually has a hissy fit that makes Rabbit cry. But as the sun breaks through the clouds, Mouse makes it all better with a peace offering of the picnic basket and a hug. Mack creates a solid story arc using only the phrases "good news"/"bad news," and his illustrations. Indeed, the art is the heart of this picture book, offering excellent depictions of events and facial expressions. When Mouse finally snaps, his understandable anger and frustration come through loud and clear. This title fits into the niche containing Remy Charlip's Fortunately (S & S, 1984) and Michael Foreman's Fortunately, Unfortunately (Andersen, 2011). Good for storytimes or independent reading or independent looking.-Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NHα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

Offering a picnic basket, Rabbit announces, “Good News,” to his friend Mouse, who then points at the approaching rain, warning, “Bad News.” Rabbit shares an umbrella as “good news,” but a strong wind prompts the rat to declare it “bad news.” Ever the optimist, Rabbit proposes “good news” solutions, and pessimistic Mouse grouses about the dangers, until the roles reverse as the sun emerges, perfect for a picnic. Reminiscent of Remy Charlip’s Fortunately (1964), this, too, has an ending twist with Mouse’s change of heart. While the text uses just four words, the cartoon-style mixed media art quickly establishes the distinctive personalities on the cover and title page. Rabbit’s consistently broad smile contrasts with Mouse’s expressions, which grow increasingly more exasperated. The expressive illustrations are large enough for groups of children, who will eagerly anticipate the predictable pattern. The four-word vocabulary also makes this a satisfying book for new readers. Preschool-Grade 1. --Linda Perkins

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Optimist or pessimist? Which are you? October 9, 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.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun! August 7, 2012
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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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars MInimal Text Makes Good Learning Tool October 7, 2012
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginning readers October 19, 2012
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This is a nice book for beginning readers and preschoolers. It is fun to use this book, not only for the three words used, but for the child to examine the pictures and "fill in" the story-- what makes each character think something is good or bad? Great for beginning to teach that situations depend in large part how you view them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So funny! October 18, 2012
This may be the first kids book I thought was funny enough to laugh out loud as the mom. My husband even admitted he laughed. It's cute, easy for little ones to read, too. I think it has a broad age appropriateness range.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The good news is... August 28, 2012
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This is a delightfully clever book! This provides a wonderful opportunity for children to discover the good news after getting the bad news... can a child see good coming from bad? A great read aloud book!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT book!
This is an awesome book! Non-readers can "read" the book! It also allows children to draw conclusions by looking at the pictures. Read more
Published 4 months ago by W. Carter
4.0 out of 5 stars ... will always be the optimistic person who sees the good in every...
There will always be the optimistic person who sees the good in every situation, and there will always be the pessimist. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Shelli
5.0 out of 5 stars it's how you look at it!
The pictures were great.
We liked the rabbit best.
The bees were cute.
We always have a choice to be grateful or not.
Published 6 months ago by J Bouldin
5.0 out of 5 stars also for adults
I saw it in a bookstore and paused to read it - I would heartily recommend this book to working adults! I found myself smiling knowingly at the cycle of G/B news as they unfolded. Read more
Published 9 months ago by milli
5.0 out of 5 stars so wonderful for those little children in your life
So cute, so simple, so wonderful for those little children in your life. Soon they will be reading back to you.
Published 10 months ago by JoAnn LePoer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Laid Plans----
Things don't always go the way you would like. Even the best of friends don't always see eye to eye. These are just two of the lessons to be learned in this catchy little book. Read more
Published 11 months ago by LastRanger
5.0 out of 5 stars Good News
I wish I could give this book 6 stars we loved it and laughed for hours. My nephew carries it everywhere he goes!
Published 13 months ago by L.H.
5.0 out of 5 stars It all depends on your point of view......
Cute, funny retelling of a classic zen story with only the words "Good News" and "Bad News" and an ever-changing set of circumstances that end on a happy note. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Lorraine
4.0 out of 5 stars Read this book or else...
If someone is reading this book to you don't close your eyes or you won't know what it means because the pictures tell the most story and the words do not. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ms. N's class
5.0 out of 5 stars Good News!
Fun, humorous approach to teaching the concepts of good news and bad news. My five and two-year-old grand kids love it.
Published 16 months ago by Rosann P.
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More About the Author

Jeff Mack is the creator of picture books and early graphic novel readers including Hush Little Polar Bear and the Hippo and Rabbit series. He has also illustrated award winning picture books and chapter books such as Eve Bunting's Hurry! Hurry! and James Howe's Bunnicula and Friends.

Originally from Syracuse, NY, Mack grew up fascinated by monsters and robots. He built his own pinball machines from cardboard boxes, and created comic books about his four siblings being devoured by monsters.

In 1995 he began painting murals for restaurants, hospitals, and libraries. Five years later, he was writing and illustrating children's books in an ever-increasing range of styles.

Now at home in Western Massachusetts, he continues to write, paint, and talk with school groups about his various projects. Visit him at

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