I Hate Picture Books!

I Hate Picture Books!

by Timothy Young


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Max hates his picture books and he's throwing them all away. But he soon learns just how invaluable imagination is and has a change of heart. Find out why in this outrageous book that both pokes fun at and celebrates many of the classics of children's literature. Join writer and illustrator Timothy Young for this irreverent and humorous story ideal for children and adults alike. Early Reader; Ages 5-8.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764343872
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date: 03/28/2013
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 1,268,840
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: 540L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Timothy Young is the author/illustrator of I'm Looking For A Monster!, Shadows On My Wall, and They're Coming!

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I Hate Picture Books! 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
CanadaInker4 More than 1 year ago
I hate people who are so talented that I want to take their books and hide them so I can keep them all to myself and not share them with anyone.   I hate books that make me wish that I was the author/illustrator and not that stupid Timothy Young.  I hate how this picture book makes me feel....full of envy for not having the talent to write such a winner, shame because I love the book so much that I coveted it for so long, and depressed because I could not have begun to have written such an amazing book that works so ingeniously on so many levels.  The truth is I love this book soooooo much!   I admire the talent and brilliant execution, both of the illustrations and the text, that Timothy Young portrayed.  I am now ready to tell the whole world of its existence and I will buy copious copies for gifts to distribute to everyone I know.  This gem of a book should be in every library and home in the planet.  There ..... I said it... and I feel a whole lot better now. Max is ranting about his hatred of picture books that have accumulated in his life over the years.  He decides he wants to toss them out because they have caused him nothing but trouble.  He documents the classics that he has read and informs the reader of how ridiculous and stupid these books are.  He talks about the kid with the purple crayon book that his mother read to him.  When he tried to decorate the walls with his crayons (just like the kid in the book) he got into big trouble and was sent to his room for the night.  Max literally inserts himself into the pages of his favourite books and always finds he gets in trouble or sick when trying to simulate the characters buried within. The illustrations amazingly resemble the original picture books and you, as the reader, find yourself travelling down memory lane, having flashbacks and remembering how you felt when those books were read to you.  The worst book he points out was about the lost little bird who could not find his mom - why that book actually made him cry - oh the feelings rush in and Max finds himself frantically trying to dig that book out of the throw away box to read once again.  While he is digging to find it he discovers that all of the books are his favourite and he cannot possibly part with a single one of them. This is an endearing and loveable story about how our picture books are not only ordinary books but can become extraordinary friends as we absorb them into our hearts.  Max realizes that even though those books have disappointed him in the past he truly does loves them and they are  really important to him.  The book is a tribute, a celebration to the best of the best children's picture books that  are out there and we should never, ever discard them but treat them with love and respect as a valuable, timeless treasure that we are fortunate enough to own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First of all, since I'm a mom of two wonderful (and sometimes obnoxious) boys, I've read my fair share of children's books. Now, being a mom ... I was a little surprised with how many times the word stupid and hate were in the book. Stop right there. I know what you're thinking ... the word hate is in the title, how could I not assume that it would be in the book, right? Well, I did assume that it would be in the book but I wasn't counting on the word stupid. I can't tell you how many times a day I have to tell our 6 year old that he needs to find another word to use instead of stupid and that hate is a really strong word and yadda, blah. It's actually amazing that I don't have a permanent knot in the middle of my forehead from banging it on the wall every night ... THAT'S how many times a day I tell him these two things. Anyhow, if this book didn't have those two words in it, I would go out and buy it immediately. It's a really cute book that goes through all of this child's favorite stories and he's saying how he feels almost robbed because none of them were actually true. Finally, he realizes that the reasons he doesn't like each book is the same reason that he loves them. Such an adorable premise for a children's book. It brought back so many memories for me and I'm sure that our youngest would enjoy it. I just wish that there were other words used, I really do love this book and it would make for some amazing gifts to all of our pint-sized friends. ♥LittleMissBookmark
VBartles More than 1 year ago
A walk down memory lane for young and old! The title of this picture book was so eye-catching that, without knowing anything else about the book, I knew I wanted to read I HATE PICTURE BOOKS by Timothy Young. So when I saw a chance to get a review copy from NetGalley, I jumped at it. And Yay!! They sent me a copy to review! Reading I HATE PICTURE BOOKS was the most fun I had in reading a picture book in a very long time! It's not only a story in it's own right, but a walk down memory lane, through all my favorite picture books. The little boy in this story decides that he hates picture books. He's going to throw them all away, because they cause nothing but trouble. (For instance, when he read Harold and the Purple Crayon, he got in trouble for drawing on the walls! Totally unfair!) The little boy puts himself (literally) into the pages of his favorite picture books, and I love the way Young captures the unique illustration styles and narrative tones of each of the picture books explored. I read it on my own several times over, and then read it to my kids too. My younger girls adored it, and even my 15-year-old son wanted to sit on the couch with me to read this one! This is a must-have for anyone who has ever read a picture book.
CathieArms More than 1 year ago
My favorite thing in the entire world is a great book.  Don't get me wrong; I love all books.  I love the smell of books, the weight of a book in my hands, and even the crisp sound of the pages as I turn them.  But what I love most of all is a really great book; a book that makes me laugh out loud, or one with a main character that speaks to me and evokes strong emotions.  And when I find a great book, I can't wait to tell the world about it.  I want the whole world to know what I've discovered.  Last night, I found a great book, and - much to my complete surprise - it's a children's picture book! I Hate Picture Books by Timothy Young is simply the best picture book I've read in years!  It tells the story of a young boy who decides one day that he's too old for picture books.  After all, every picture book he's ever read has led him astray!  He read Harold and the Purple Crayon and then got into trouble for drawing on the walls!  He had a bad day and went to bed believing that the monsters from Where the Wild Things Are would come and spirit him away in the night.  He awakened the next morning to find  himself snuggled into his same old bed in his same old room.  One day, he even found some green ham in the refrigerator and decided to give it a try.  After all, Sam I Am found out that it was really good, right?  Only, unlike Green Eggs and Ham, the green ham made him throw up! This book had me laughing out loud, and even giggling later that evening when I was reflecting back on pieces of the story.  Unable to help myself, I called my 8 year old down to read it with me.  He not only recognized every book referenced in this story, but he got more than a few surges of the giggles.  But I knew had a hit when I decided to read it at dinner to my husband and 17 year old daughter.  When you can make "the teenager" laugh, then you know you've done something pretty special...and that's exactly what Timothy Young has done! He had all four of us - including "the teenager" - grinning from ear to ear! I Hate Picture Books is a fantastic story that uses some of the best loved story books of all time to remind us all that we're never too old for a great picture book.  In all honesty - though it's a children's picture book - I'm going to add I Hate Picture Books to my list of "Top 10 Books" I've read in 2013.  It really is that good!