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Bad Bye, Good Bye

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“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 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 ov ...more
Apr 08, 2014 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.
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidstuff
Very sweet story about a family's big move - from old to new - things slowly turn from bad to good.
Jim Erekson
Nov 26, 2014 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 g ...more
Jun 13, 2014 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 wor ...more
Jul 03, 2014 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.

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Kristine Hansen
Aug 20, 2015 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!
The perfect picture book about moving.
May 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Poignant and SUPER efficient storytelling.

Moving (the move away, the journey, the move in).
Edward Sullivan
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
The difficult transition of moving away to a new home. Simply written, wonderfully illustrated.
Diane Tran
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Goodreads Review #9:

Summary: “Bad Bye, Good Bye” tells a story about a little boy and his family who is heading to live in a new town. The little boy is sad because he has to say goodbye to everything and everyone. He cries as they drive away leaving a friend behind. As the family and movers pile boxes and other things into the new house, the boy meets another kid who just happens to live next door. At the end of the day, he says goodbye to his new friend.

Theme: The theme of this book is that it
Irina Su
When a child is leaving home, it is very painful. It's difficult to be optimistic that the new home will be as good, and that there are friends to be made in their new neighborhood. Deborah Underwood explores this theme in her picturebook. A young boy is very upset that his toys are being packed in a box and loaded onto a moving truck. He especially hates that he has to say good bye to his friend. He is sad and angry but the drive begins to slowly improve. He feels a bit better after taking a na ...more
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sweet, sparse text. Lovely illustrations.

Book jacket recommends publisher's webpage for tips on moving with kids:
Gwen Ayler
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
A family is on the move from their old home to a new one. Things start out all bad but as the story goes on the pages begin to show brighter colors and the young boy realizes that maybe moving isn't so bad. Quick read with few words on each page but the pictures really tell the story in this one!
Jo Oehrlein
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Cute story of a move showing the kids very unhappy to move. Attitudes change slowly in the travel to the new home, and then more change occurs as they settle in.

Very very few words per page -- this is a story told in emotional illustrations.
Miss Sarah
While the text in this book is fairly simple the story is told mostly in the pictures maing this story of a family moving preschool and up or one on one
Stephanie Shaw
All about moving to a new home and making new friends
Erica Flory
Dec 15, 2017 rated it liked it
moving makes me sad
Melissa Mcavoy
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 1st, biblio-therapy, k, picture
Nice and pithy book about moving with strong illustrations. No surprises but at least it doesn't go on and on :)
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Simple moving book.
Lynn  Davidson
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
A child is sad to leave friends and family when he moves with his family to a new neighbourhood. Bad bye - when leaving; good bye when he finds he can be happy and have new friends.
Feb 28, 2017 rated it liked it
#moving lovely little book with vivid illustrations and very simple text about moving house and settling into a new place. Ideal for this transient environment
Hallie Jackson
Oct 12, 2016 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
Haley Potts
Dec 04, 2014 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 objec ...more
Dec 20, 2013 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 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
Apr 29, 2015 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
Apr 20, 2014 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
Apr 02, 2014 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
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