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Author: Diane Goode

Illustrator: Diane Goode

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Publisher: HarperColling Publishers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: It is a sunny morning and Jack knows the perfect spot to take his mom for a picnic. His plans go awry when they encounter flyng ducks, horseback, a carousel that go too fast, and rain. So then Jack decides to take her home. This is a picture book story children of all ages can share.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 6; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Reading Level: 2.2

Age of Child: Read with a 2-year-old boy.

Young Reader Reaction: He liked all the funny things that happened while they were trying to have a picnic. My son laughed at parts and then decided he wanted to have a fun picnic on our floor later that day. We read this one several times.

Adult Reader Reaction: I liked how the story showed it showed not all things go as planned but you can still make the best of what happens. I don’t think he got the lesson of it but he enjoyed it as a funny story

Pros: This is a good story about having fun with your Mom! It also has a lesson that not everything goes the way you think it should.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a perfect story for a rainy day at home and a definite for the library.


Educational Themes: This is a book that you can "act on" later. My son was inspired to have a picnic right on the living room floor! The story shows that there are lots of ways to have fun, sometimes that can be at home, and that you have to be flexible when a situation changes.

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from the local library.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, family, humor

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2010

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