Bad Bye, Good Bye
Illustrated by Jonathan Bean
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing, 2014. Picture book.
Moving is tough. What should be a "good bye" feels like a "bad bye" to the family in this book. Their move starts off gloomy and despairing, saying farewell to friends and experiencing the uncomfortable car ride. As they go, their move progresses into positive experiences such as fireflies at their new home and making new friends. At the end, they feel like it has become a "good bye". The trials and details of moving away are brilliantly shown through Underwood's minimal verse and Bean's expressive ink and Prismacolor tone. This is a great book to read together during a move or any major change. I wouldn't be surprised if this is in the running for the 2015 Caldecott Award because the illustrations portray the nuances and emotions of moving meaningfully.