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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
An Amazon Best Children’s Book of the Month from the New York Times bestselling author of the Goodnight Already! series
This is a book about a bad seed. A baaaaaaaaaad seed. How bad? Do you really want to know?
He has a bad temper, bad manners, and a bad attitude. He’s been bad since he can remember! This seed cuts in line every time, stares at everybody and never listens. But what happens when one mischievous little seed changes his mind about himself, and decides that he wants to be—happy?
With Jory John’s charming and endearing text and bold expressive illustrations by Pete Oswald, here is The Bad Seed: a funny yet touching tale that reminds us of the remarkably transformative power of will, acceptance, and just being you. Perfect for readers young and old, The Bad Seed proves that positive change is possible for each and every one of us.
From School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Corn kernels, pistachios, peanuts, and other seeds gasp and point as a “baaaaaaaaaaad seed” goes by. When others mumble about him, he can hear them because he has “good hearing for a seed.” The bad seed tells “long jokes with no punch lines,” lies “about pointless stuff,” and never puts things back where they belong. But he did not start out that way; it was only after a traumatic experience that he became “a different seed entirely.” Through a mixture of watercolor textures and digital paint, Oswald creates a faded cityscape background. The seeds, on the other hand, have stronger colors and expressive faces. (Their sticklike arms and legs and large eyes make them reminiscent of the California Raisins.) The contrast between the bright, sunlit field and the dark interior of a sunflower seed bag highlights the protagonist’s downturn in fortune. Young readers will find the list of all the seed’s offenses amusing, and the illustration of the flies and stench surrounding him (he never washes his hands or feet) is sure to elicit laughter. Even the very youngest can follow along as the pictures provide evidence of the seed’s bad behavior and the reactions of those around him. This is a story that opens up dialogue about our reactions to life experiences, the consequences of our choices, and the chance to make a change for the better. VERDICT This charmingly illustrated book would be a comical read-aloud and useful for class or family discussions about manners, behavior, and reputation.—Suzanne Costner, Fairview Elementary School, Maryville, TN
This is a story that opens up dialogue about our reactions to life experiences, the consequences of our choices, and the chance to make a change for the better.
— School Library Journal (starred review)
Young readers will enjoy watching the dramatic seed intimidate his nervous neighbors, and might not even realize they’re learning a lesson about good behavior in the process.
A thoughtful, candid look at self-reflection.
— Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Jory John is a writer, editor, and journalist. He is the coauthor of the bestselling All My Friends Are Dead and the editor of Thanks, and Have Fun Running the Country: Kids’ Letters to President Obama.
- File Size: 19299 KB
- Print Length: 45 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 006246776X
- Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (May 8, 2018)
- Publication Date: May 8, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07CLNDCFH
- Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)