Good News, Bad News

by Jeff Mack (Author)

Good News, Bad News
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
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!

Publishers Weekly

Starred 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.)

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School Library Journal

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

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Review quotes

"Good news, this isn't just a book about attitude, it also hits home the message about the importance of friendship. Bad news, there really isn't any bad news about this delightful book" - Bookends, a Booklist Blog
Jeff Mack
Originally from Syracuse, NY, Jeff Mack ( grew up fascinated by monsters and robots. He built his own pinball machines from cardboard boxes, and created comic books about his four siblings being devoured by monsters. Now at home in Western Massachusetts, he continues to write, paint, and talk with school groups about his various projects. Jeff is the author/illustrator of such books as Good News Bad News and Ah Ha! Follow @jeffmackbooks
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Chronicle Books
Publication date
July 20, 2012
Texas 2x2 Reading List
Recommended 2013 - 2013
Star of the North Picture Book Award
Nominee 2014 - 2015
Virginia Readers Choice Award
Nominee 2015 - 2015

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