Good News, Bad News by Jeff Mack

Good News, Bad News

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...

Details Good News, Bad News

TitleGood News, Bad News
Release DateJul 4th, 2012
PublisherChronicle Books
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Humor, Storytime, Animals, Fiction, Rabbits, Funny, Juvenile, Fantasy

Reviews Good News, Bad News

  • Ronyell
    I have read many children’s books that have like one or two words on each page to narrate the story. But, I had never read a children’s book quite like “Good News Bad News” by Jeff Mack that not only has four words on each page, but also conveys so much emotion and humor in this simple children’s story!The story starts off with Rabbit pronouncing “Good News!” to Mouse as he shows him the picnic basket that they are going to eat out ...
  • Kate
    Light on text is an understatement. This books makes the majority of its point through images with only one move away from "good news, bad news." The story's simple enough for a storytime group, even one where the children don't know the language. It could be read entirely in the new language and children would quickly pick up the text and understand the meaning. This could also be read as a call and response. The story ends up espousing nice the...
  • Michelle Nero
    Good news - not too many words! Bad news -- the worst that can happen happens! Good news -- they work it out!
  • Betsy
    LOVE this book... Possible themes/curricular connections: Glass half empty/full, optimist/pessimist, character ed., rose colored glasses, balance, friendship.
  • Cheryl
    That's not a mouse, but a rat, looks just like Templeton. Too bad there's no author's note, but this is clearly inspired by a traditional tale that I've seen most often in anthologies of Chinese fables. (Or maybe Mack created it as a sort of universal motif.) I've also seen it in an older book, Fortunately. But this book is a nice treatment and it's an important theme, so I do hope children and educators enjoy this together.
  • Andrew
    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 carrie...
  • Mari Miyagi
    Although this story is very simple, I gave 4 stars because it can inspire students to create a variety of stories on their own. All of the pages just say either "good news" or "bad news" and the pictures explain what the good news/bad news is without words. It is perfect for students including English learners to practice oral language in younger grade levels describing what is happening in each picture and what they think the good/bad news might...
  • Katie
    A 2013 Capitol Choices book. This is possibly one of my favorite pictures books published in 2012. Before I even knew it was on the Capitol Choices list, I happened to come across it because it fit my Storytime theme. I could NOT stop laughing!! This short picture book uses only those four words throughout, but the illustrations brilliantly convey a picnic for rabbit and mouse that has somehow gone seriously awry. I particularly liked using it fo...
  • Maria Burel
    I picked up Good News, Bad News for myself, but, as often happens, my 3yo picked it for a bedtime read and I had no good reason to say "no." Which turned out to be a good thing, because it has been a great teaching tool! Since it's almost completely wordless, each page offers the chance for discussion. "Why is that good news? Why is that bad news?" It's page after page of cause and effect that's fun not only for my 3yo, but for me, too. ​I p...
  • Dolly
    This is an entertaining tale that features two characters repeating the same simple dialogue over and over (hint - all the words in the book are in the title) The cartoonish illustrations tell the whole tale and it's a dramatic and humorous story. I had one of our girls tell the "Good News" part of the story, narrating what happens based on the pictures, while our other daughter narrated the "Bad News" side of the tale. We enjoyed reading this bo...
  • Chelsey
    This actually worked really well in storytime, as they got to participate a lot in the telling of the story. We did thumbs up for good news and thumbs down for bad news, too, so even if they didn't get a chance to say what was happening on the page, they still had lots to do. It's a little long, that's ok.
  • Lorna
    The ever pessimistic rat and always optimistic rabbit make for a fun pair. A great one for kids to practice drawing inferences from the illustrations, as the text for most pages is limited to "Good news" and "Bad news". Also great for modeling how we react when things go a miss. Great cartoonish-style illustrations.
  • Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
    Take one overly optimistic rabbit who can find "good news" in nearly everything and one very pessimistic mouse who doesn't always see the silver lining in much except for his friendship with rabbit. The story is told with only the words "good news" "bad news".
  • Samantha
    The story of the highs and lows in the day of two friends. Text is very simple: good news, bad news. Illustrations carry the story as readers use the pictures as context clues to figure out why the news is either good or bad. GREAT read aloud and a book I hink young audiences will request often!
  • Veronica
    This is such a cute story! It has very simplistic dialogue, but absolutely adorable (and very expressive) illustrations! 4 stars!!
  • Edward Sullivan
    Oh, the fun you can have with just four words and some wonderfully expressive faces on a rabbit, a mouse, and (briefly) a bear. Great fun! Reminds me a bit of Remy Charlip's Fortunately.
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  • Amanda Brooke
    Optimism is the word of the month and even after hearing it in the announcements for two weeks, none of the kinders or first graders could say they had ever heard it. THIS IS WHY CHILDREN'S LITERATURE IS SO IMPORTANT. Children need to hear a word several times before they can use it themselves or in other words, comprehend it. But when I searched my catalog in Destiny only one book came up from the subject search term: optimism. Not very optimist...
  • Abby Hargreaves
    Good News Bad News features an optimistic bunny and a pessimistic mouse in their attempt to enjoy a picnic. While Bunny sees the good potential in each bad situation, Mouse finds the cloud over every ray of sunshine.Illustrations are simple and silly and, despite the bare text (primarily "Good news." and "Bad news."), Mack tells a fully-crafted story with a reasonably complex plot. Told with an appropriately affected voice, Good News Bad News has...
  • Daniel
    Not much text in this one other than "Good News!" and "Bad News..." but it's a fun book to read nonetheless and is good for helping to encourage a positive outlook in the face of adversity. As an adult, you may find yourself channeling your inner Pollyanna a bit. For the younger readers, it may take a little bit of coaching to understand what is going on. e.g., my near 4 year old son didn't exactly see why a swarm of bees or a lightning storm was...
  • Sunah Chung
    Two characters, Rabbit and Mouse, go on a picnic. Rabbit interprets every situation from the positive perspectives while Mouse gives the negative views. This fiction piece shows the opposite point of views to see the same situations by using animal characters. When the wind was blowing, resulting in apples falling down, Mouse thought it was terrible news while Rabbit thought it was good news because they could eat apples. The only texts in this ...
  • James
    My son picked this book for a bedtime story. It is a simple story that follows the general flow of the classic Animaniacs skits of "Good Idea / Bad Idea" with one character trying to point out the good side of an event while the other experiences the negative. The book rotates between good news and bad news and that is (almost) the only words in it. It is simple but great for new readers to cut their teeth on, so to speak, and it has a simple but...
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  • Joceline Martinez
    This book is a very funny and silly book. Since it doesn't have many actual words written in the story, other than "good news, bad news" it leaves a lot of room for the reader to interpret what is going on. The pictures speak for themselves. You can see what is going on based on the illustrations, which doesn't call for any actually written words. I use this book in my own classroom and I have my 3 year olds guess why a certain picture would be c...
  • Lauren Greenberg
    Children's Literature - Lauren Abbey GreenbergA picnic is "good news," but rain is "bad news." Or is it? Using only four words, Mack creates the story of Rabbit and Mouse, two friends with two very different dispositions. Nothing bothers Rabbit. He can find the silver lining in just about anything, no matter if it's a swarm of bees or an angry bear. Mouse, on the other hand, is a glass-half-empty kind of rodent, and he can only take so much of Ra...
  • Maria
    Rabbit and Rat are off on a picnic... with bees.Why I started this book: The cover jumped out at me from our library display.Why I finished it: Charming! This would be a fun Story Time book. I'll save it for my international students that are coming next week, since despite that there are few words, it's a great story.
  • Connie
    This is a very cute story about how to friends see things so differently. It really shows how to friends can see the same situation in different light. Like when it starts to rain mouse thinks it's bad, but rabbit thinks it's great. It lets the young reader now it's ok to have different opinions about the same thing and still be friends.