Today’s review is a minor milestone for Kid Lit Reviews. This is the three hundredth and second review. #302! I chose a wonderful picture book that actually is perfect for this day. I hope you enjoy the book as much as I do, oh, and the review too!
by Timothy Young
Back Cover: Max hates his pictures books and he’s throwing them all away. But he soon learns just how invaluable imagination is and has a change of heart. Find out why in the outrageous book that both pokes fun at and celebrates many of the classics of children’s literature . . . (in) this irreverent and humorous story.
First Sentence: I HATE picture books!
After reading Harold and the Purple Crayon, a young boy got out his crayons and started drawing . . . on the wall. Sent to bed early without supper, the young boy wished for his room to change into a forest, and then a boat, which would take him away as in Where the Wild Things Are. When he wakes up nothing has changed. Stupid book! The young boy HATES the trouble-making picture books! Toy bears do not walk around or talk. Cows cannot type. Caterpillars do not eat salami OR Swiss cheese. And, pigeons cannot imagine driving a bus let alone actually do it. Green Ham and Eggs, forget it.
Picture books have caused the young boy too much trouble. It is time to throw them away, one-by-one into the box marked “Trash Throw Away.” Even worse, Where is My Mommy made him cry, which made him mad. Those rotten picture books! But, wait . . . well, you know I cannot say. The only way to find out is to read I HATE Picture Books!
The moment I saw the cover of I HATE Picture Books!, I knew this book would be a winner. I instantly loved it. Reading this colorful, engaging picture book, I loved the irony of the young boy telling us he hates picture books, from inside a picture book. I love all the picture books, many of them classics, scattered about the floor. (Approximately 260 titles, some obscure.) I would love to have a list of the books used, as it is impossible to read all the titles. The author has done such a wonderful job reproducing those covers and some inside pages. Copying and pasting the images would not reproduce them any better than Mr. Young has done with his pencils and paints.
I HATE Picture Books! is the perfect for kids ready to leave their picture books behind and begin reading early readers. It will help them see, as the young boy saw, that tossing your picture books means getting rid of irreplaceable imagination and creativity. The pages are thick so young fingers will not easily tear a page. The young boy is called Max on the book jacket, but in the story his name is never mentioned, so he can be anyone, including the reader.
The illustrations are wonderful. The young boy is a colorful character with his expressions of disgust, his earnestness when tossing his books, and finally his confidence in shooing the reader away. I like how the arms are through the sleeves, not part of them. The generic outfit of a white sleeveless shirt, blue shorts, and red shoes can again be anyone, including the reader. The childrens opportunity to see the character as themselves is a great way for the child to understand the message and apply it.
I HATE Picture Books! is truly, a book that will become a classic. Outrageously funny and and handsomely produced, I think I HATE Picture Books! is Timothy Young’s best picture book to date. Kids of all ages will love I HATE Picture Books! Who does not love a good picture book? Not me! How about you? Or, do you HATE picture books?
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Timothy Young website bookwebsite facebook twitter (more below) Schiffer Publishing website facebook twitter Released March 2, 2013 ISBN: 978-0-7643-4387-2 32 pages Ages: 5 to 8 (and older!) Copyright © 2013 by Schiffer Publishing, used with permission. Text & Illustrations: Copyright © 2013 by Timothy Young
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