Sunday, February 24, 2013

A Review of I Hate Picture Books by Timothy Young

I Hate Picture Books!
Written and Illustrated by Timothy Young

32 pages
Publication Date March 28, 2013

Review copy obtained through

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars!

Simply put, I LOVED this book.   Everyone that loves picture books will love it too.  

Max decides that he hates all of his childhood picture books and decides to throw them away.  He complains about getting in trouble and even getting sick when he tries to do some of the things in the books.  For example, he gets sent to bed without dinner for drawing on walls after hearing the book about, "that kid with the purple crayon".  Although he doesn't use specific titles in his narration, classic (and some recent) picture books are represented throughout the story (think Green Eggs and Ham, Are You My Mother, Where the Wild Things Are and lots more).  

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As Max describes how the picture books have disappointed him, he starts to realize how much he truly enjoyed reading them and how important they are to him. 

The illustrations amazingly resemble the original picture books.  The reader (child or adult) is taken on a wonderful journey through the books they read as young children.  In his tribute to the world of children's picture books, Timothy Young has created a new picture book gem. 

This book belongs in every child's library. 
It would make a great read aloud for grades K-4.
It would also make a wonderful gift for the picture book lover in your life (hint, hint).

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