Bad Bye, Good Bye (Hardcover)

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By Deborah Underwood, Jonathan Bean (Illustrator)
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      'Bad day Bad box' starts off this simple yet beautiful book about moving to a new town. It's raining while the family and the movers are packing the car and the moving van. The whole family, even the dog, is sad and the little boy must say a bad bye to a good friend. They take off into the shadowy countryside but as the trip continues, the weather and the light and the spirits get brighter. The family has fun on the road and the regular word pairs become more descriptive and positive. The illustrations progress perfectly with the text and capture the expressions of the resilient and hopeful family. As they reach their destination the word pairs first move to "New" but then progress to "Good." At bedtime, the little boy tells his new "Good friend" "Good bye" and the world is a sunnier place. ~Kate                                                                                                                                  

— Kate is a children's buyer & an expert at knowing what kids like.


“Bad truck, bad guy; bad wave, bad bye . . .” A boy and his family are packing up their old home, and the morning feels scary and sad. But when he arrives at his new home, an evening of good byes awaits: bye to new friends, bye to glowing fireflies, bye to climbing trees. The New York Times bestselling author Deborah Underwood's spare text and the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winner Jonathan Bean's lush, layered illustrations perfectly capture the complex emotions of moving day. The child-centric transition from dreary morning to cheerful evening comforts young readers facing big changes of their own.

About the Author

Deborah Underwood has written numerous picture books, including Interstellar Cinderella, Super Saurus Saves Kindergarten, and New York Times bestsellers The Quiet BookThe Loud Book, and Here Comes the Easter Cat. She lives in Northern California with her feline muse, Bella.

Twitter and Instagram: @underwoodwriter

Jonathan Bean's illustrations and writings have received widespread recognition. He has won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award twice, for At Night and Building Our House.  

Praise For…

"Underwood's simple, understated text. . . combines with Bean's expressive ink-and-watercolors to convey a child's visceral, emotional perspective on a long-distance move."
Booklist, starred review

"Underwood’s ultra-succinct verse hits all the emotional marks that go along with a big transition…Bean, meanwhile, seems to take the topic to heart by moving in a new direction himself. He does wonderful things with light, starting with a gloomy rain scene and ending with soft, welcoming twilight."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"This is a useful depiction of a family's physical move, but the strength is in the emotional journey that's expressed with a raw honesty."

"Concisely chosen, two-word phrases accompany the atmospheric illustrations, which aptly portray the youngster's changing emotions and tell the complete story."
—School Library Journal

"This is a lovely portrayal of a child experiencing change as well as a graceful example of spare storytelling."

Product Details
ISBN: 9780547928524
ISBN-10: 0547928521
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: April 1st, 2014
Pages: 32
Language: English