I Hate Picture Books by Timothy Young is a relatively short illustrated book aimed at the young reader just growing out of the “picture book” phase. We are introduced to our protagonist who exclaims at great length about how much he hates picture books and how ridiculous they are. Mr. Young throws out some great reminders of our childhood favorites, including Green Eggs and Ham, Are You My Mother, and others. Many books show up throughout the story in the background, which will bring a smile to parents. Some of the situations given are silly enough to get a laugh out of younger readers. The ending is very appropriate for the story and will get a smile from parents reading this with their children.
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this. It’s short, but well illustrated. I could pick out several favorite picture books throughout this book, which made it more enjoyable. I shared it with my kid, who is older than the target audience, and she enjoyed it. It won’t be her favorite book, but she caught the references and laughed at the silly parts. I’d say this is definitely worth a read for kids who are on the verge of outgrowing picture books. It reminds us of the silliness of those books, but also the things that make us love them.
Disclaimer: I was provided with a preview copy of this book with no expectations on behalf of the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced in any way by someone else.