That's Good! That's Bad! in Washington, DC

Overview

It's class trip time and a little boy and his friends are visiting Washington, DC. But this little boy has trouble keeping his feet on the ground. A series of mishaps—sometimes good and sometimes bad—sweep him from the White House and Lincoln Memorial to the National Zoo and many other national landmarks.

Adventures abound in this wild tour through Washington, D.C. Children will enjoy this exciting and funny introduction to our nation's capital...

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Overview

It's class trip time and a little boy and his friends are visiting Washington, DC. But this little boy has trouble keeping his feet on the ground. A series of mishaps—sometimes good and sometimes bad—sweep him from the White House and Lincoln Memorial to the National Zoo and many other national landmarks.

Adventures abound in this wild tour through Washington, D.C. Children will enjoy this exciting and funny introduction to our nation's capital city.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The sound effects and refrain allow plenty of opportunities for audience participation."

School Library Journal

 

"There is a slickness and roundness to the digitally created illustrations."

Children's Literature

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
The satisfying counterpoint fun of "That's good! That's bad!" from previous books continues in this story of a boy's class trip to our nation's capital. As they ride past the White House, our hero falls out of the DC Duck onto a motorcycle. Not bad, as he rides to the zoo. Not good, as the orangutans there toss him onto a dump truck. And so he goes from bad to good to bad again as he tours DC, past the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Arlington National Cemetery and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Jefferson Memorial in cherry blossom time, and finally back on the bus home. Garland creates a bunch of cartoon-like kids, all pop-eyed and smiling, with a special "little boy" whose misadventures keep us smiling. There is a slickness and roundness to the digitally created illustrations, but the double-page sweep of the cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin is particularly appealing. A map traces the day's adventures for those interested in the sightseeing.
School Library Journal

K-Gr 2
Cuyler's third "Good/Bad" title involves a field trip to the nation's capital. The young protagonist is trouble from the moment he boards the yellow DC Duck bus, through his whirlwind tour of monuments and the zoo, to his final splash into the Tidal Basin. Each brush with bad luck, however, is immediately reversed in the next action. This book is not as tightly constructed as Remy Charlip's Fortunately (S & S, 1984) or even as visually interesting as David Catrow's illustrations in the previous titles in the series. Even so, its bright digital palette, wildly skewed perspectives, and multicultural cast of kids with oversize heads will attract the Nick Jr. crowd-especially if their families or schools have planned or just returned from a jaunt to DC. The sound effects and refrain allow plenty of opportunities for audience participation. Purchase where geographical interest dictates.
—Wendy LukehartCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
On a visit to the nation's capitol, a boy and his class hop aboard a DC Duck. That sounds like fun; it must be good. No, it's bad. The boy leans out too far and gets whisked away by a passing motorcycle. That sounds bad, but it's actually good; the motorcycle is headed for the zoo. Now that sounds like fun; it must be good! etc. Cuyler tries to pump some new life into the fortunately/unfortunately convention by setting the story in Washington DC. What results is a chain of events with little or no causal connections. Garland does his best to add some fun with his sleepy-eyed, round-faced characters, but he fails as well. Even fans of the genre will likely be bored. This is only worth it if a unit on DC is a big part of your curriculum. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805077278
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 6/12/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 544,553
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.98 (w) x 10.07 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Margery Cuyler is the author of many books for children, including From Here to There, The Little Dump Truck, the chapter book Weird Wolf, and That’s Good! That’s Bad! The idea for the first book in the series came from a conversation with her son, Thomas, who asked, "Can't bad things change into good things?" Ms. Cuyler grew up in the oldest house in Princeton, NJ, and started writing stories as soon as she learned how to write. She now lives in the same house with her husband, sons and two cats.

MICHAEL GARLAND has written and illustrated many picture books. He lives with his family in Patterson, New York.

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