#301 – I HATE Picture Books! by Timothy Young

Today’s review is a minor milestone for Kid Lit Reviews.  This is the three hundredth and second review.  #302!  I chose a wonderful picture book that actually is perfect for this day.  I hope you enjoy the book as much as I do, oh, and the review too!

I Hate Picture Books//

I HATE Picture Books!

by Timothy Younglogo_123377_web (1)

Schiffer Publishing

6 Stars


Back Cover:  Max hates his pictures 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 the outrageous book that both pokes fun at and celebrates many of the classics of children’s literature . . . (in) this irreverent and humorous story.

First Sentence:  I HATE picture books!


After reading Harold and the Purple Crayon, a young boy got out his crayons and started drawing . . . on the wall.  Sent to bed early without supper, the young boy wished for his room to change into a forest, and then a boat, which would take him away as in Where the Wild Things Are.  When he wakes up nothing has changed.  Stupid book!  The young boy HATES the trouble-making picture books!  Toy bears do not walk around or talk.  Cows cannot type.  Caterpillars do not eat salami OR Swiss cheese.  And, pigeons cannot imagine driving a bus let alone actually do it.  Green Ham and Eggs, forget it.

Picture books have caused the young boy too much trouble.  It is time to throw them away, one-by-one into the box marked “Trash Throw Away.”  Even worse, Where is My Mommy made him cry, which made him mad.  Those rotten picture books!  But, wait . . . well, you know I cannot say.  The only way to find out is to read I HATE Picture Books!


The moment I saw the cover of I HATE Picture Books!, I knew this book would be a winner.  I instantly loved it.  Reading this colorful, engaging picture book, I loved the irony of the young boy telling us he hates picture books, from inside a picture book.  I love all the picture books, many of them classics, scattered about the floor.  (Approximately 260 titles, some obscure.)  I would love to have a list of the books used, as it is impossible to read all the titles.  The author has done such a wonderful job reproducing those covers and some inside pages.  Copying and pasting the images would not reproduce them any better than Mr. Young has done with his pencils and paints.

I HATE Picture Books!  is the perfect for kids ready to leave their picture books behind and begin reading early readers.  It will help them see, as the young boy saw, that tossing your picture books means getting rid of irreplaceable imagination and creativity.  The pages are thick so young fingers will not easily tear a page.  The young boy is called Max on the book jacket, but in the story his name is never mentioned, so he can be anyone, including the reader.


The illustrations are wonderful.  The young boy is a colorful character with his expressions of disgust, his earnestness when tossing his books, and finally his confidence in shooing the reader away.  I like how the arms are through the sleeves, not part of them.  The generic outfit of a white sleeveless shirt, blue shorts, and red shoes can again be anyone, including the reader.  The childrens opportunity to see the character as themselves is a great way for the child to understand the message and apply it.

I HATE Picture Books!  is truly, a book that will become a classic.  Outrageously funny and and handsomely produced, I think I HATE Picture Books!  is Timothy Young’s best picture book to date.  Kids of all ages will love I HATE Picture Books!  Who does not love a good picture book?  Not me!  How about you?  Or, do you HATE picture books?


Great CONTEST to enter.  How many books can you name from I HATE Picture Books!?  Contest ends September 14, 2013.  Lots of time to enter, so hurry!  ENTER HERE!


I HATE Picture Books!

Timothy Young       website   bookwebsite   facebook     twitter   (more below)
Schiffer Publishing     website    facebook    twitter
Released March 2, 2013
ISBN:  978-0-7643-4387-2
32 pages
Ages: 5 to 8 (and older!)
Copyright © 2013 by Schiffer Publishing, used with permission.
Text & Illustrations:  Copyright © 2013 by Timothy Young

Book Site: Shadows on My Wall & They’re Coming!  http://www.shadowsonmywall.com/

Book:  I’m Looking for a Monster!   http://www.creaturesandcharacters.com/Monster.html

Eclectic Graphics:   http://www.eclecticgraphics.com/index.html 

KidLit Author’s Club:  http://www.kidlitauthorsclub.com/index.html





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18 thoughts on “#301 – I HATE Picture Books! by Timothy Young

  1. Pingback: review – Christopher Sat Straight Up in Bed by Kathy Long | Kid Lit Reviews

  2. hahaha! this one looks great!! Look at all those books! I know kids who want to give up picture books because ” they’re for little kids”. I can usually change their minds tho. This looks like a fun book to add to my library! and congratulations on your #300!


    • Thank you. If picture books are only for little kids, then little kids are very lucky, indeed! Any kid ready to get rid of their picture books needs to read this book. Have you found many covers of books you recognize on the cover? Could win the entire stash if you find the most. Wouldn’t that be a great resource for all your reading needs?


      • We’ve been studying that cover. It is pretty awesome! I’ve recognized a LOT of the books and we made a copy of the entry form. We’re still studying it though. I haven’t gotten it at the library yet. It’s on order.


    • Check out the contest, too! Figure out what books are on the cover and you can win the entire lot of them. Now that would be a great “to review” set of books. Ooh, I think I need to go enter myself. 😆


    • EVeryone will enjoy I Hate Picture Books, especially if you love picture books. Funny, that really makes sense. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I greatly appreciate your thoughts. Enjoy the book!


  3. This is a wonderful book! Even my HS senior picked it up and was looking for all of the picture book covers she remembered.


    • I think this is one book that would be difficult to pass by in a bookstore. Finding the covers was one of the first things I did, too. It is contagious! Thanks for stopping by.


  4. This book does sound great, great, great!. I love the irony of hating picture books in a picture book. And by the cover and title alone, any reader, and especially a reluctant reader, would just have to open up this book and read it.

    Congratulations on your 300th post. You have worked hard for this honor and you have done a wonderful job!


    • Shame on me! I forgot about reluctant readers. Thanks for bringing it up. I love irony. I love that he is tossing out some of the classics and some of the best books out today–who would do that? Think the author might be sending a subliminal message? 😆


  5. Congratulations on your three hundredth review! This is the second time I’ve seen this book reviewed and it has confirmed the decision to have it on my “must read” list. Thanks for the review.
    ~Cool Mom/Christine M. for
    Stanley & Katrina


    • Thank you! I like my reviews (duh!) and hope they influence you to buy–or not buy–the reviewed book. BUT, I cannot imagine ANY review for I Hate Picture Books being anything but influencing one to buy the book, or at least check it out at the library (then you will want your own). Thank for stopping by today. I love the people I get to see on hop week!


    • Who could actually hate their picture books? I still have the few I had as a kid. I remember walking to the library and com ing home with a large stack of books. I must have been eight or nine. I loved joke books. 😀


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