Childish Nonsense

Exploring Children's Literature

I Hate Picture Books Review

on February 8, 2013

I Hate Picture BooksI Hate Picture Books
Written and illustrated by Timothy Young

Oh, the horrors of having picture books around your house! A nameless boy, surrounded by picture books, has a big problem with taking the books too literally. When he reads about a kid with a purple crayon, he draws on the wall and incurs his mother’s wrath. When he reads about the wild things, he’s angry his bedroom remains ordinary. He notes that teddy bears don’t talk and cows don’t type. Caterpillars don’t eat salami or cheese and pigeons don’t drive buses. He learns that it’s really not a good idea to eat green ham. He’s about to throw out all his picture books when he learns to control and appreciate his imagination. Young’s cartoon-like illustrations convey a vast amount of emotion and should draw kids in. Hopefully, some will learn to appreciate the books.

Reviewed by Sue Poduska
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., March 2013 release
Picture book, Reading and imagination.
E-book, 32 pages
ISBN: 978-0-7643-4387-2

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