I Hate Picture Books

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Book Information
Rating: Outstanding
Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Timothy Young
Illustrator: Timothy Young
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
Year: 2013
ISBN: 9780764343872
Pages: 34

Max hates his picture books. They’re always getting him in trouble! Green ham was NOT a good idea, eating it made him throw up all over the kitchen. Book after book has caused a different problem for Max, so he has decided to throw them all away. That is, until he remembers just how much he loves them after all.

Humorous and colorful, this quick read would be especially relatable for any child who has read the same books as Max! As Max goes through the problems with each text, the illustrator cleverly inserts replica artwork from Where the Wild Things Are, Green Eggs and Ham, and so on. Each of the books he talks about and tossed aside will be easily recognizable for children, making the comedy of his frustrations very accessible to them. Max is also a vibrant storyteller with his comic book-inspired face and expressive features. This book has a well-executed, original concept that would be enjoyable for any read-aloud.