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Bad Bye, Good Bye

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  773 Ratings  ·  180 Reviews
“Bad truck, bad guy; bad wave, bad bye . . .” A boy and his family are packing up their old home, and the morning feels scary and sad. But when he arrives at his new home, an evening of good byes awaits: bye to new friends, bye to glowing fireflies, bye to climbing trees. The New York Times bestselling author Deborah Underwood's spare text and the Boston Globe–Horn Book Aw ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Aug 28, 2014 Betsy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
As a mother who recently spent the better part of twenty hours in a car with a three-year-old and a three-month-old baby, I feel a special kinship with parents who have also engaged in the ultimate endurance sport: travel with children. If you feel no particular sympathy for those engaged in this activity that is because you have not experienced it firsthand yourself. But even when my daughter was projectile vomiting regularly and even when the breast pump tipped to one side spilling milk all ...more
Apr 08, 2014 Susan rated it it was amazing
OMG, I love this book. This is the PERFECT book to read when a family is moving or someone you care about is moving away. It really captures the good/bad feelings associated with making such a major and stressful life change. This will start the conversation.
Jim Erekson
Nov 26, 2014 Jim Erekson rated it it was ok
Shelves: picturebooks
For the words, the only thing about this book is the word play on badbye/goodbye. Underwood also did well at writing so the rhythm stayed clear. But I thought this was the sort of overdone topic and style that editors weren't supposed to be interested in even looking at anymore. "How about a book where a kid moves away from home, but learns to feel better--and it will rhyme!?" I guess once you've got a foot in the door and you have an editor you can pitch ideas the regular public couldn't even ...more
Aug 08, 2014 Paula rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014, clear-group
In only 80 words, Deborah Underwood is able to capture the raw emotion and reality of change - in this case of leaving an old home and familiar friends and moving to a new town with new surprises. From the sadness of "bad boxes" and "bad byes" to the "hot seat" and "long naps" of the journey to the "new house" and "good friend", Jonathan Bean matches each pair of words with equally expressive illustrations. His illustrations follow the mood of the story from sad blues and grays in the beginning ...more
Poetic and sparse, the words help a little boy go from being mad because his family is moving, and he has to say goodbye to friends and favorite things. I love Jonathan Bean’s pictures filling the pages in overlays as they travel and as they arrive. There are moments of happiness as the boy discovers people and things that help him feel at home: “New town/New Park/New street/new bank.” The book shows well that there are two kinds of “bye”, a good and a bad one. I imagine conversations of how ...more
Jul 04, 2014 Margie rated it it was amazing
No matter the meaning or how it is said, goodbye is edged initially with sadness; either you or someone else is leaving. When the choice to go is not yours it's even harder; in some cases an act of bravery. Bad Bye, Good Bye (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) written by Deborah Underwood with illustrations by Jonathan Bean is about going from the familiar into the unknown; frightening or exciting or a little bit of both.

My full review:
Kristine Hansen
Sep 18, 2015 Kristine Hansen rated it really liked it
You feel the constant motion of the story with every illustration in this great little picture book about moving. So much emotion and uncertainty was captured at the beginning of the story. The nice bits of hope and interest in the new surroundings at the end. Few words are given, but few are needed to accomplish what the author set out to do. Excellent all the way around!
Edward Sullivan
Mar 04, 2014 Edward Sullivan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
The difficult transition of moving away to a new home. Simply written, wonderfully illustrated.
The perfect picture book about moving.
May 20, 2016 Danielle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Poignant and SUPER efficient storytelling.

Moving (the move away, the journey, the move in).
Hallie Jackson
Oct 12, 2016 Hallie Jackson rated it liked it
3.25 stars

What happened: A family is moving and one of the children is less than eager to go along. He stands by while the boxes are stacked into the moving truck, waves goodbye to his friend, and is off on a new adventure. The roadtrip itself is unpleasant--the car is packed and stuffy, it's a cloudy day, and everyone is sad and frustrated. Slowly but surely, though, the clouds clear and the tone of the story calms. The children take naps and have snacks and see a big rig go by. Once at their h
Alissa Benefiel
Nov 30, 2016 Alissa Benefiel rated it liked it
This was an okay book about a boy who moved and had to say bye, and then got a new house and new friend. I like the illustrations in this books l, they are amazing!
Bridgette Elston
Oct 11, 2016 Bridgette Elston rated it really liked it
We read this one twice. Once we read the words and the second time we went back and talked about what was happening in the story. A good book if you or someone your child knows is about to move.
Diana Thomsen
Oct 03, 2016 Diana Thomsen rated it liked it
Shelves: storytime
An interesting take on what appears to be a cross-country move with small children. They're miserable about leaving, miserable about the trip...but there's hope at the end. They do adapt. They do find things to love about their new home. With very simple text and colorful (although not, in my opinion, very attractive) illustrations, this is a good one for kids to read alone or with help before a move. Might lead to some interesting discussions about how they feel now and what they think their ...more
Oct 05, 2016 Garren rated it it was ok
A great way to handle the trauma of moving.
Beth Singleton
Sep 22, 2016 Beth Singleton rated it really liked it
illustrations that give depth to this simply worded book about moving to a new town. Great first book for little ones moving to a new home.
Haley Potts
Dec 04, 2014 Haley Potts rated it really liked it
The book I choose to nominate to win the Caldecott for 2015 is Bad Bye, Good Bye, written by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Jonathan Bean. This book looks like it is illustrated using tissue paper with paper mache. It has a 2-dimentional look to it, but it really makes certain objects stand out. This type of artwork also paints a good picture of the scene for that page. There is a lot of color in certain places and black and white in others, and I think the color is meant to make the ...more
Apr 28, 2014 Tasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
On a rainy day, a boy and his family are packing up the moving van and heading to live in a new town. The little boy pulls at the boxes, tugs at the movers, and cries as they drive away leaving a friend behind. As they head to their new home, gray clouds clear from the sky and the sun comes out. Maps are pulled out, naps are taken, and the day brightens. Night is spent at a motel with a pool and then the next evening they pull into their new town. Everything is different and new, a new room with ...more
Sep 17, 2014 Zack rated it really liked it
The book Bad Bye, Good Bye is a simple story that conveys a very good message about moving away that anyone can relate with. The minimalist usage of certain patterns of words gives the song some what of a sing song quality that could make it somewhat difficult to read aloud but, otherwise I highly recommend it for a classroom library.
The pictures in the story in my opinion are the fuel that drives the story with the words acting as the heartbeat of the story. The way this is achieved is with a v
May 02, 2015 Devan rated it really liked it
A family is moving and the young boy is very sad, he has to say goodbye to everything and everyone. But when they get to their new house he starts finding things he likes and at the end of the day he says goodbye to his new friend.
The first few pages of the story were confusing, and it was hard to tell what the author was talking about. I would have liked there to be more context I the beginning. The author stuck with the theme of "good bye" thought the story. Each page was shor
May 29, 2014 Venus rated it really liked it
Moving is never easy, especially for kids. Bad trucks, bad moving guys, bad waves, and bad byes. However, at the end of that long drive is another place full of new friends, fireflies, and climbing trees.

As a person who moved almost nine times before I was nine, I appreciate a good moving story. In fact, this story brought back memories of one of those scary moves where we moved a couple states away. I remember not feeling well, mild depression, anger, crying, and a whole range of emotions in be
Chris Go
Aug 10, 2014 Chris Go rated it it was amazing
Having moved 27 times (thus far), I wish there were more books like this for young readers. While I know I have moved a lot, moving now seems to be part of American culture. "Bad Bye, Good Bye" is a great book for children who are about to move, or even those who are going through a major life change.

Throughout the book we see the many emotions that can come up when moving to a new home. We see both the good and bad, from sadness and anger to excitement and happiness. We also see that everyone h
Karissa Kelly
Bad Bye, Good Bye is about a little boy who is moving to a new home and place. The book starts out with the little boy having his toys taken away, waving goodbye, and sitting in a stuffed car. All bad things, until, he swims in a pool, sees his new town and room, and meets a friend. Just like that, he goes from having a bad day to a pretty good day filled with many changes.

I liked Bad Bye, Good Bye. The book really did a good job of describing what might happen when your moving. I thought the au
Alisha Funkhouser
Oct 07, 2014 Alisha Funkhouser rated it really liked it
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Underwood, D., & Bean, J. (2014). Bad bye, Good Bye. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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Simple and to the point is what I would say about this book. It is an easy read and there is definitely some rhythm to it. I like that through its simplicity you learn the story of a boy who is moving and is sad and mad at the same time. I think that is really relatable, especially to a child that moves a lot, which I did growing up. Through the story and illustrations, things seem t
Saying ‘goodbye’ is never easy, but this book shows that there just may be something to look forward to when one moves to a new town..
Single syllable words in two-three word rhyming phrases directs the message to the youngest of readers, helping them to understand the process. With only two short lines per page, readers can focus on the illustrations.
Soft, multilayered, full, double wide spreads have faded backgrounds. The action is in the more brightly but still subdued colors of the foregroun
Sep 17, 2014 Megan rated it really liked it
Shelves: caldecott-book
Deborah Underwood does an amazing job of showing children that change is not always a bad thing. As a little boy moves from his home he thinks that everything is bad about it. The repetition of him saying "bad box...bad truck...bad guy" show that he is upset and does not want to leave. However, by the end of the book he realizes that transition is not always a bad thing and not all good byes have to be bad byes.
Jonathan Beam's illustrations compliment this story quite well. The images appear to
Jennifer Parrish
Sep 26, 2014 Jennifer Parrish rated it it was amazing
Bad Bye, Good Bye is a very clever way to introduce something bad that can turn into something good. In very few words the author, Deborah Underwood, tells a story about a boy saying bye to his old town and friends and moving to a new town and introducing new friends. The illustrator, however, takes this book away as he paints the story for the readers through his action-filled, motioned illustrations. Jonathan Bean is really the story teller in this picture book I would not recommend to any ...more
May 18, 2014 Nancy rated it really liked it
Moving is a bad day for a little boy and his family. A bad truck and a bad guy taking his things. A bad wave good- bye to a best friend.

As the family travels the feelings change, there are good things to see and to experience. Blue Pool, ice machines. All leading up to a new town, a new street, a new house and a new kid.

In the beginning, the dreary and dark illustrations emphasize the text. Your child will feel both the visual and emotional impact of what this little boy is feeling. As the litt
This is a terrific picture book to share with anyone who has ever experienced the sadness of moving away from friends and a neighborhood you love. The beginning of the book shows the "bad" - boxes, rain, stuffed hot car, gray clouds. As the journey progresses, the clouds lift, naps are taken, lunch is eaten, and there's fun relaxation in a motel pool. As the family arrives at their new home, there are new rooms, new neighbors, new bugs, and new trees. By the end, there is reassurance that ...more
Will Thomas
Bad Bye, Good Bye by Deborah Underwood was, in my opinion, a very good candidate for the 2015 Caldecott Award. It did a very good job of using the writing style of rhyming to keep the flow of the book going smoothly. The book's main point was not the text but more the illustrations. They were simple which allowed the reader to relate to the pictures but at the same time they were not boring which kept the audience intrigued. The illustrations did a really good job using the rain in the first ...more
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