Bad Bye, Good Bye

by Deborah Underwood and Jonathan Bean

Simple text and expressive watercolor illustrations convey a broad range of emotions... read more

Simple text and expressive watercolor illustrations convey a broad range of emotions of a small boy as he experiences his family’s cross-country move. On the rainy moving day, the boy grumbles “Bad truck / Bad guy.” Loaded in the car and driving away from friends, he wails “Bad wave / Bad bye.” Illustrations showing cloverleaf exits, water towers, windmills, and diners are accompanied by simple descriptive text such as “Stuffed car / Hot seat / Gray clouds / Gold wheat.” These capture the weariness of traveling through cities and countryside. With a combination of eagerness and trepidation, the boy eventually explores his “New house / New hall / New room / New wall.” The hopefulness brightens at story’s end with the boy’s “good bye” wave to a new friend. (Ages 3–7)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2015

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