Bad Bye, Good Bye

Bad Bye, Good Bye

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Moving to a new town, new home, and new school is hard. But could the new destination have good surprises of its own? In a less-than-eighty-word picture book, see how a bad day turns good!

“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.

Baker & Taylor
Moving to a new town, new home and new school is hard, but this less-than-80-word picture book shows how a new destination can offer wonderful surprises and how a bad day can turn into a good one! 25,000 first printing.

& Taylor

Illustrations and simple, rhyming text follow a family as they move to a new town.

Publisher: Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014
ISBN: 9780547928524
Branch Call Number: E UNDER
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 x 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Bean, Jonathan 1979-- Illustrator


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KCLS Ms. Jill Dec 16, 2014

Moving households is hard on kids and parents, too. With simple rhymed phrases this story takes us from the sad good-byes to the new neighborhood and "hello" to new friends.

Sep 30, 2014

What is moving all about? What do you see when you move? How do you feel?

The simple concepts in simple language give power to this story. Through them children can connect to experiences of moving and the emotions, high and low, that go with it.

Good for discussion during, before, and after.

MariePat Jun 28, 2014

The story about a family moving houses and all the changes that go with it.

ChristchurchKids Jun 23, 2014

Gloomy skies mirror the miserable mood of a little boy as his family prepares to move to a new town. A farewell wave to the neighbors feels more like "bad bye" than good bye. But both the weather and the boy's spirits brighten as the family reaches their new home, and the boy sees the potential of a "new town, new park, new street, new bark" -- not to mention a new friend who warrants a "good bye" at the end of the day. Realistically portraying the emotional challenges of moving, this expressive book in verse may soothe the worries of children facing a big change.

Picture books newsletter June 2014


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