Children’s Book Week 2020: That’s Good That’s Bad by Joan M. Lexau

Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading.

Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes — wherever young readers and books connect! Obviously, this year, events may look a little different. But, there are still ways to celebrate.

Starting Monday, May 4, 2020, and through Sunday, May 10th, I’ll be sharing a children’s book here to encourage a love of reading. If you’d like to print off some activity pages related to Children’s Book Week, click HERE. For more information and resources related to Children’s Book Week, click HERE.


THAT’S GOOD, THAT’S BAD

By: Joan M. Lexau

Illustrated by: Aliki

Published: March 24, 2020

Publisher: Prestel Junior

Fiction/Folk Tale

This is a reissue of a much-loved folk tale classic from 1963. The illustrations are reproductions of Aliki’s orginally created illustrations. The story inside of a story is sure to awe children just as it did in the 1960s and beyond.

A boy is sitting in the jungle and to avoid being chased and eaten by a tiger, he launches into a long story about how he was chased by a rhino. He is too tired after being chased by the rhino to run away from the tiger, so he continues to tell the tiger how he was chased…that’s bad….and got away…that’s good….

The boy continues telling the story with the tiger interjecting with his “That’s good” or “That’s bad” comments. The folk tale obviously ends well and no one gets eaten by a tiger so you don’t have to worry about the ending scaring your child. But, the story offers kids an introduction to learning the art of distraction and storytelling.

This is a great way to bring back a much-loved classic for a whole new generation of readers. The book is a bit larger than a regular picture book with very thick pages and of course, vivid illustrations of a jungle. Make sure you add this one to your home library!

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Thanks to the publisher for sending a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. This review is my honest opinion. If you choose to make a purchase through the above links, I may receive a small commission without you having to pay a cent more for your purchase.

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