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Good Guys, Bad Guys

Written by Joanne Rocklin & illustrated by Nancy Carpenter
Goodreads Rating - 3.3 / 5.0
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A picture book about playing pretend—and the joy of trying out being “bad” or “good”

This charming picture book is a timeless celebration of imagination and make-believe. A brother and sister invite their friends to play good guys and bad guys with them. While playing pretend, this rowdy group of kids dress up as pirates, swimmers, cowboys, and more—imagining a vibrant world where the bad guys cause mischief and the good guys save the day. As the day comes to a close, we see the siblings agree to switch who’s “good” and who’s “bad” the next day—showing readers that kids can safely try out good and bad personas as they play.

What Kind of Book is Good Guys, Bad Guys

Quotes from This Book

  • But here come the good guys— WOO! WOO! WOO!
    Capture your hearts with a song or two.

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • Have you ever played Good Guys/Bad Guys with your friends? What other games do you play?

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Who Wrote Good Guys, Bad Guys

Joanne Rocklin

Joanne Rocklin is the author of many books for children, including The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook, which won the Golden Kite Award, and Love, Penelope, which was an NCIBA Golden Poppy Book Award winner.

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Who Illustrated Good Guys, Bad Guys

Nancy Carpenter

Nancy Carpenter is the illustrator of more than 40 children’s books and has received numerous honors for her work, including two Christopher Awards and the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

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Joanne Rocklin's Book Dedication

To all my good guys and bad guys, one and the same, with love

Nancy Carpenter's Book Dedication

For my backyard buddies Shabnam and Robin

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Book Details

Publication Date:
May 5, 2020
Illustration Details:
The illustrations in this book were made with charcoal, watercolor and digital media.
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