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Mine!: (Read Aloud Books for Kids, Funny Children's Books)

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Start with one rock. Add two mice. The end result? A never-ending battle! Or is it? Using only one word, along with many brightly colored and lively illustrations, Jeff Mack brings his hallmark humor to this rollicking book that will have readers of every age reconsidering whether "Mine!" is the best answer. Start with one rock. Add two mice. The end result? A never-ending battle! Or is it? Using only one word, along with many brightly colored and lively illustrations, Jeff Mack brings his hallmark humor to this rollicking book that will have readers of every age reconsidering whether "Mine!" is the best answer.


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Start with one rock. Add two mice. The end result? A never-ending battle! Or is it? Using only one word, along with many brightly colored and lively illustrations, Jeff Mack brings his hallmark humor to this rollicking book that will have readers of every age reconsidering whether "Mine!" is the best answer. Start with one rock. Add two mice. The end result? A never-ending battle! Or is it? Using only one word, along with many brightly colored and lively illustrations, Jeff Mack brings his hallmark humor to this rollicking book that will have readers of every age reconsidering whether "Mine!" is the best answer.

30 review for Mine!: (Read Aloud Books for Kids, Funny Children's Books)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dianna

    My two-year-old laughed and laughed at this one, even though I'm fairly sure he didn't understand what was going on in the story. But he certainly could relate to the word "mine." My two-year-old laughed and laughed at this one, even though I'm fairly sure he didn't understand what was going on in the story. But he certainly could relate to the word "mine."

  2. 4 out of 5

    Betsy Ellor Words Unbound

    What parent or child does not relate to a battle over what is MINE! The story is simple, with an unexpected twist at the end, but the illustrations make it hilarious. Since the book is written using only one word, it gave my new reader a fun confidence boost to be able to read a whole book easily. It also gave him a chance to practice with punctuation. For younger kids this could be an easy-going way to introduce discussions about sharing. But lessons and learning aside this is just a laugh-out- What parent or child does not relate to a battle over what is MINE! The story is simple, with an unexpected twist at the end, but the illustrations make it hilarious. Since the book is written using only one word, it gave my new reader a fun confidence boost to be able to read a whole book easily. It also gave him a chance to practice with punctuation. For younger kids this could be an easy-going way to introduce discussions about sharing. But lessons and learning aside this is just a laugh-out-loud funny read from start to finish. This book has great re-readability as well. My son has already asked to read this several times, which he doesn't do as often as he used to. There is a lot to look at in the illustrations and it gives the reader a chance to ham it up and have fun with the word MINE!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Becky B

    Two mice claim a rock as "mine." Things escalate until a surprising event removes the rock from the equation. In his signature style, Mack has once again written an entire book with just one word repeated with different punctuation and illustration clues to get the story across. This may be a really good opening for a discussion with kids who are a little too possessive or reluctant to share. Emergent readers should love that they can read this entire book all by themselves. Two mice claim a rock as "mine." Things escalate until a surprising event removes the rock from the equation. In his signature style, Mack has once again written an entire book with just one word repeated with different punctuation and illustration clues to get the story across. This may be a really good opening for a discussion with kids who are a little too possessive or reluctant to share. Emergent readers should love that they can read this entire book all by themselves.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Katy

    Very funny and a good way for kids to understand tone, etc. Probably will not use for storytime, though I could. Not sure it's the best way to show kids to share (as they would have to understand the subtext), but it's fun. Very funny and a good way for kids to understand tone, etc. Probably will not use for storytime, though I could. Not sure it's the best way to show kids to share (as they would have to understand the subtext), but it's fun.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    Take this to your next storytime training to show how much storytelling can be accomplished with just one word and a ton of inflection!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    Jeff Mack and this book are brilliant.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    The use of a solitary word throughout the book conveys a complete story of two mice competing for the same rock.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Perfect for babies

  9. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    I'll just confess it up front: I think this author/illustrator is brilliant. His stories always contain simple but important messages or life lessons and are fun to read. They usually contain a surprise or two. In this picture book, two mice lay claim to a rock, and begin a fierce battle over whose rock it is. The mixed media illustrations feature several scenes of conflict in which first one and then the other claim that the rock is "MINE!", a phrase that is used repeatedly throughout the books I'll just confess it up front: I think this author/illustrator is brilliant. His stories always contain simple but important messages or life lessons and are fun to read. They usually contain a surprise or two. In this picture book, two mice lay claim to a rock, and begin a fierce battle over whose rock it is. The mixed media illustrations feature several scenes of conflict in which first one and then the other claim that the rock is "MINE!", a phrase that is used repeatedly throughout the books as they try to trick or out-muscle one another. Things escalate from page to page, and it looks as though there is not going to be an easy resolution to the conflict. But suddenly, as it turns out, the rock is no inanimate object, and the two friends realize they've made a very big mistake. Not only is this one fun to read aloud, but it will delight just about anyone who listens to it, even while making it clear that first impressions can be wrong and that it might be better sometimes to agree to disagree or to share. Still, as the story concludes, the battle rages on, just in another direction.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tasha

    Two mice discover a large rock that they both want to own. What ensues is a one-word argument back and forth between them and an ever-escalating battle of dominance. The mice use cheese to tempt each other along with wrapped gifts. Other rocks also play a role and pile around the bigger rock. There are walls of rock, knocked down by a wrecking ball. Finally, the two mice are together on the rock, arguing with one another. That’s when the ending takes a great twist. Mack has a delightful sense of Two mice discover a large rock that they both want to own. What ensues is a one-word argument back and forth between them and an ever-escalating battle of dominance. The mice use cheese to tempt each other along with wrapped gifts. Other rocks also play a role and pile around the bigger rock. There are walls of rock, knocked down by a wrecking ball. Finally, the two mice are together on the rock, arguing with one another. That’s when the ending takes a great twist. Mack has a delightful sense of humor and timing in this picture book. The writing could not be simpler, with only one word being used in the entire book. The illustrations work particularly well with their limited palette and bright colors. They have the feel of the vintage Spy vs. Spy, with the two mice in their distinct colors battling one another. There are sneaky attacks and all out blasts. It’s a wild look at the hazards of not sharing. Great for toddlers learning about sharing, reading this aloud will have you shouting “Mine!” in all sorts of tones. Appropriate for ages 2-4.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mama Bibliosoph

    I interviewed Jeff Mack back in March and had been looking forward to the release of this book ever since he and I chatted. Mine! is about a blue mouse and an orange mouse who are fighting over stuff (a rock, cheese, a gift-wrapped present, etc.), a wonderfully universal conflict that children can easily relate to. The mice plot against each other Tom and Jerry style, and the feud gets hilariously physical. The only word in the book is "Mine!," and it is written in orange or blue so you know whic I interviewed Jeff Mack back in March and had been looking forward to the release of this book ever since he and I chatted. Mine! is about a blue mouse and an orange mouse who are fighting over stuff (a rock, cheese, a gift-wrapped present, etc.), a wonderfully universal conflict that children can easily relate to. The mice plot against each other Tom and Jerry style, and the feud gets hilariously physical. The only word in the book is "Mine!," and it is written in orange or blue so you know which mouse is speaking. I love nearly wordless picture books for kids who script since they will inevitably be "read" differently each time. And for a child working on sharing, this is a great social skills reinforcer. --- I review books for children from the perspective of a parent of kids with autism. The review above is part of a longer two-part blog post about the best 2017 releases:

  12. 4 out of 5

    Heidi-Marie

    Got this to read because of the Picture book long list. Hoped by the title it would be good to help SS with his current "Mine!" issues. It's a one-word book. Those are always fun to see the cleverness of using one word to show multiple emotions. But the story is them arguing and playing tricks. While older kids who know better about good behavior can enjoy the humor in that, my 2 year old won't quite get that. So good to save for storytime, maybe even a school read. But for home, not just yet. B Got this to read because of the Picture book long list. Hoped by the title it would be good to help SS with his current "Mine!" issues. It's a one-word book. Those are always fun to see the cleverness of using one word to show multiple emotions. But the story is them arguing and playing tricks. While older kids who know better about good behavior can enjoy the humor in that, my 2 year old won't quite get that. So good to save for storytime, maybe even a school read. But for home, not just yet. By the way, the ending--great! 6/27/18 Used in T theme, which meant I had the kids looking for why I picked the book. They loved the whole thing, especially the ending twist.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Bange

    Using only one word, Mack brilliantly tells the story of two mice who angle to claim the giant rock in their midst. Each uses a trick bigger than the last to get the other off the top of the rock so he can declare it is "Mine!", until finally, they both lose and it (SPOILER) walks away. Mack's simple mixed media artwork uses only strong black lines, orange and blue for the mice, and highlights using either orange, blue or yellow. Simple, yet right on! This could have been about my two daughters. Using only one word, Mack brilliantly tells the story of two mice who angle to claim the giant rock in their midst. Each uses a trick bigger than the last to get the other off the top of the rock so he can declare it is "Mine!", until finally, they both lose and it (SPOILER) walks away. Mack's simple mixed media artwork uses only strong black lines, orange and blue for the mice, and highlights using either orange, blue or yellow. Simple, yet right on! This could have been about my two daughters....

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Hudson

    It’s hard to imagine a picture book with only one word, yet parents with more than one child will know that a complete story can be told just around the word, “mine.” Jeff Mack’s delightful book tells the story of two mice. One stands at the top of a rock planting a flag and declaring it’s his. Another mouse looks up with a frown and schemes to lure the first one down so he can say the rock is his. The two escalate tactics for replacing each other on the rock until they get a big surprise at the It’s hard to imagine a picture book with only one word, yet parents with more than one child will know that a complete story can be told just around the word, “mine.” Jeff Mack’s delightful book tells the story of two mice. One stands at the top of a rock planting a flag and declaring it’s his. Another mouse looks up with a frown and schemes to lure the first one down so he can say the rock is his. The two escalate tactics for replacing each other on the rock until they get a big surprise at the end. It’s a cute depiction of sibling rivalry that will surely have kids giggling.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Tilton

    A picture book with only one word- Mine! Jeff Mack’s highly entertaining story is a favorite with my great grandson. This is a perfect read-aloud story for young children who are learning to share. It is a clever story about sibling rivalry and will elicit many giggles from children. The pacing is spot-on. His bold and  colorful illustrations are expressive and show the building tension between the two mice, one blue and the other orange, as they try to outsmart each other. This book belong in e A picture book with only one word- Mine! Jeff Mack’s highly entertaining story is a favorite with my great grandson. This is a perfect read-aloud story for young children who are learning to share. It is a clever story about sibling rivalry and will elicit many giggles from children. The pacing is spot-on. His bold and  colorful illustrations are expressive and show the building tension between the two mice, one blue and the other orange, as they try to outsmart each other. This book belong in every pre-school.  

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jillian Heise

    I like Mack's books that utilize one word throughout paired with illustrations that jump off the page and draw you into the story. The battle antics between these two mice of who gets to claim "Mine!" of the rock will have kids laughing. A good book to use for focusing on the details of illustrations and how they tell the story, and to address selfishness/sharing. I like Mack's books that utilize one word throughout paired with illustrations that jump off the page and draw you into the story. The battle antics between these two mice of who gets to claim "Mine!" of the rock will have kids laughing. A good book to use for focusing on the details of illustrations and how they tell the story, and to address selfishness/sharing.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Westerville

    Jeff Mack really has a good thing going here, with his ultra-simple, expressive, funny books that showcase the different meanings of a word via inflection and context. - Becky, Collection Development Reserve a library copy. Jeff Mack really has a good thing going here, with his ultra-simple, expressive, funny books that showcase the different meanings of a word via inflection and context. - Becky, Collection Development Reserve a library copy.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Niki Marion

    An antagonistic conflict of trickery and possession between two mice escalates until the large stone they've been feuding over asserts its own autonomy. Hilarious and colorful in every aspect of the word, MINE is another excellent example of the narrative an author/illustrator can create with only one word. The last spread, which spills onto the endpapers, is well-planned & -executed. An antagonistic conflict of trickery and possession between two mice escalates until the large stone they've been feuding over asserts its own autonomy. Hilarious and colorful in every aspect of the word, MINE is another excellent example of the narrative an author/illustrator can create with only one word. The last spread, which spills onto the endpapers, is well-planned & -executed.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Davidson

    This story had me chuckling all the way through. Two little mice each lay claim on an apparently large boulder. MINE! is the only word in the whole book, used in each situation. The competition gets serious as each tries to outwit the other. Funny ending followed by a final humorous scene. Great illustrations.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Viviane Elbee

    There is only one word in this book, and that's the word MINE! The illustrations however, show that mine can have different nuances - from a territorial and possessive MINE to a surprised and pleased MINE. The illustrations of the two mice fighting over the rock are funny, and the kids were delighted by the ending scenes. There is only one word in this book, and that's the word MINE! The illustrations however, show that mine can have different nuances - from a territorial and possessive MINE to a surprised and pleased MINE. The illustrations of the two mice fighting over the rock are funny, and the kids were delighted by the ending scenes.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shandra

    A cute, "one word" book (that word is used more than once!) with great illustrations! Mine? Mine! I think it would work well especially for Tiny Tots and Toddler storytimes. Also great for dialogic reading - lots to talk about in the illustrations. A cute, "one word" book (that word is used more than once!) with great illustrations! Mine? Mine! I think it would work well especially for Tiny Tots and Toddler storytimes. Also great for dialogic reading - lots to talk about in the illustrations.

  22. 5 out of 5

    MaryLibrarianOH

    Just the book for friends or siblings who have a hard time sharing. The only word used is "mine" but so much is conveyed in that one word and the illustrations. The mice antics are great and I loved the surprise ending. Fun book to share with toddlers. Just the book for friends or siblings who have a hard time sharing. The only word used is "mine" but so much is conveyed in that one word and the illustrations. The mice antics are great and I loved the surprise ending. Fun book to share with toddlers.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Juliana Lee

    Orange Mouse and Blue Mouse battle over a large rock. Who will be king of the hill? Their attempts at taking ownership of the rock increase in strategy and hilarity until the rock gets up and moves away leaving the mice with one piece of cheese.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Terri

    Bright colors and bold lines highlight this funny tale of two mice. Children will enjoy the big illustrations and surprise ending. The book could be used in a classroom setting to explore how punctuation can change word meaning and tone, or to explore ideas of friendship.

  25. 5 out of 5

    emyrose8

    Practically wordless (just uses the word 'mine') and hilarious. Maybe not everyone has fought over who gets the rock, but kids will definitely relate to the battle over who is the one to have the special thing. The twist at the end is great! Practically wordless (just uses the word 'mine') and hilarious. Maybe not everyone has fought over who gets the rock, but kids will definitely relate to the battle over who is the one to have the special thing. The twist at the end is great!

  26. 4 out of 5

    S

    'Wordless' in the sense that there's only one word. 'Mine' is thrown around as two mice fight for dominance over a rock. The rock is not a rock... Another book to add to my 'apologize to the turtles' collection. 'Wordless' in the sense that there's only one word. 'Mine' is thrown around as two mice fight for dominance over a rock. The rock is not a rock... Another book to add to my 'apologize to the turtles' collection.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    Two mice I think need to learn to share. However in the hilarious story is really told more in the simple yet effective illustrations. Check out the actual book cover underneath the book jacket – Ha!

  28. 5 out of 5

    L

    A perfect choice for teachers wanting to demonstrate the effect punctuation can have on a word or sentence. By repeating one word, the story is told with the accompanying illustrations and punctuation.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jesse

    This reads like a Looney Tunes cartoon; two mice raise the stakes higher and higher as they try to claim a rock for themselves. It doesn't work well as a read aloud as the only word in the entire books is "mine". This reads like a Looney Tunes cartoon; two mice raise the stakes higher and higher as they try to claim a rock for themselves. It doesn't work well as a read aloud as the only word in the entire books is "mine".

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lydia

    Two mice argue over who is "King of the Rock", using just the word "mine". Sad, but too often true! Though at the very end you could ask readers what they think will happen next and if the mice have learned anything, what should happen next. No content issues. Two mice argue over who is "King of the Rock", using just the word "mine". Sad, but too often true! Though at the very end you could ask readers what they think will happen next and if the mice have learned anything, what should happen next. No content issues.

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