Sunday, February 10, 2013

Review of 'I Hate Picture Books' by Timothy Young




Max hates his picture 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 this outrageous book that both pokes fun at and celebrates many of the classics of children’s literature. Join writer and illustrator Timothy Young for this irreverent and humorous story ideal for children and adults alike. Early Reader; Ages 5-8.

Timothy Young is the author/illustrator of I’m Looking For A Monster!, Shadows On My Wall, and They’re Coming!

**My thoughts**

I wasn't sure what I thought about this book the first time I read it. A young kid getting mad about his picture books and threatening to throw them away doesn't seem like something I want kids to read about. But then very quickly, Max has a change of heart, as he realizes how much he loves his books. He realizes he really doesn't want to get rid of them and then revels in how important they all are to him. It's a typical kid who is trying to grow up and seem mature, but can't let go of his childhood at the same time.

Reading through it, you notice lots of famous classic picture books that you probably also "hate." It's fun to see how many of them the children can recognize on their own and how quickly they go searching for them in their own libraries after reading this one. I felt nostalgic for my own childhood and love of those picture books that has stayed with me to this day and I hope to impart on the next generation.

I received a review copy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts and opinions.

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