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Good news, bad news
Mack, Jeff.
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Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
While on a picnic, Bunny and Mouse see everything that happens to them from opposite points of view--Bunny sees only the good, while Mouse sees only the bad.
Reading Level:
BR Lexile.
Awards Note:
2 x 2 Reading List, 2013.
Lexile Number:
BR Lexile.
Pub Date:
Chronicle Books, [2012]



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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!

Author Notes

Jeff Mack is the author and illustrator of many books for young readers includingHush Little Polar Bear,Frog and Fly, andClueless McGee. He lives carefree in Western Massachusetts where all the clouds have silver linings and everyone's glass is half-full. Visit him online at

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

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.--Perkins, Linda Copyright 2010 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Mack's clever book may follow the format of Remy Charles's Fortunately, Unfortunately, but his take on the theme is flat-out hilarious. Apart from the closing line, the text contains only the four words of the title. "Good news!" says a cheerful rabbit, showing a picnic basket to a mouse seen leaning out of its hole. "Bad news," says the mouse as rain begins to fall. The rabbit is ready with an umbrella ("Good news"), but the mouse blows away after grabbing it ("Bad news"). Mack's mixed-media illustrations are both slapstick and droll as the duo fights off bees, runs from a rampaging bear, and gets hit by lightning. When the mouse loses its temper in a two-page tantrum, the rabbit's spirits finally plummet. Mack (Frog and Fly) portrays the rabbit in a puddle of tears, and amusingly depicts the mouse's epiphany with the sun breaking through the clouds, as if the book were a Cecil B. DeMille movie. This well-executed, rapid-fire book should satisfy even the most resistant readers. Ages 3-6. Agent: Rubin Pfeffer, East West Literary Agency. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

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, NH (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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