Good Guys, Bad Guys

Good Guys, Bad Guys
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May 05, 2020
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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.

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summer fun of role play
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GOOD GUYS, BAD GUYS features children at play and divides them throughout by their actions and roles. The good guys are well groomed, while the bad guys don't like to brush their teeth. At the end of the day, though, it's hard to tell which is which.

What I loved: The illustrations are very fun, capturing all the joy of summer and playing with other children on your street. I appreciated that there were several skintones for the children, adding some diversity to the characters.

What left me wanting more: I am not sure about the labeling of some children "bad guys" is ideal, especially when the qualities are just related to hygiene; however, this seems to be mostly related to play. The examples related to hygiene, such as brushing teeth and burping, are also not great examples to set. At the end, the children suggest switching roles the next day, so it does seem to be a temporary label.

Final verdict: Overall, a book of summer fun, GOOD GUYS, BAD GUYS is a picture book of the roles children play in games.
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