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The Bad Seed Hardcover – August 29, 2017
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“The BEST read-aloud book of the year...Seriously.” (Mel Schuit, Let’s Talk Picture Books (blog))
“This is kid-book humor at its best, both warmhearted and frisky—the kind that leaves adults, too, cracking up and grateful.” (New York Times Book Review)
★ “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))
★ “This charmingly illustrated book would be a comical read-aloud and useful for class or family discussions about manners, behavior, and reputation.” (School Library Journal (starred review))
★ “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.” (School Library Journal (starred review))
★ “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.” (School Library Journal (starred review))
“John gives the seed a sympathetic backstory (packaged as a snack food, he barely escaped being eaten) that, along with his eventual determination to change his stripes, should keep readers engaged.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Working in digitized watercolors, Oswald makes this antihero’s angst vivid and touching, and the world the seed moves in—a metropolis populated by seeds that include peanuts, coconuts, and corn kernels—adds a playful counterpoint of background detail and comedy.” (Publishers Weekly)
“The watercolor illustrations provide plenty of comic effect.” (Booklist)
“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.” (Booklist)
About the Author
Jory John is a New York Times bestselling author and two-time E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor recipient. Jory's work includes the award-winning Goodnight Already! series, the bestselling Terrible Two series, the recent picture books Penguin Problems and Quit Calling Me a Monster!, and the national bestseller All my friends are dead, among many other books. He lives and works in Oregon, where he tries to be a very good seed, indeed.
Pete Oswald is an LA-based artist, kid-lit author/illustrator & production designer. He's the co-creator of Mingo the Flamingo, published by HarperCollins in 2017. Pete is also the illustrator of The Bad Seed, written by Jory John. When Pete isn't writing/illustrating books, he's working on numerous highly successful animated franchises as a character designer, concept artist and production designer. Pete lives in Santa Monica, California, with his wife and two sons.
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I loved it and she loved it.
It's about a sunflowers seed that everyone calls a bad seed. He does bad things.
As you read further, he explains why.
He decided to change his perspective by being happy.
Even tho, he changes to do better. He still does bad thing. He realized he's not a totally bad seed after all.
So many massage from this book,
Don't judge someone but their attitude because you don't know what they've been thru.
Changing your perspective on life, can make you see the world differently.
I love love this book.
Personally as a mom and Sunday school teacher, I would have preferred to see a “why”. It describes what happened to him to make him “bad” and change his attitude, but not a reason for the attitude to turn around. What makes him change his mind and want to be good? Does he realize that he has no friends, and wants some? Is he tired of being alone? Does another seed talk to him and encourage his attitude?
There is no “want to” motivation.
As a parent you could talk to your child and ask them what they think could have happened to turn him around, but there is no actual life lesson given in the book when there’s no solution to the problem.
It almost feels disjointed like there was another page or two in there that the editor cut out to make the book a certain number of pages. But you loose a bit of the story.
In the scary world, we live with school shootings being carried out by teens with complex issues, this book provides food for thought and promotes possibilities of change!
My first-grade students LOVE this book. It is in "Our Favorites" bin to be read over and over.
Thank you Jory John! This is now one of my all time favorites and I will be reading it and promoting it year after year in my classroom! I cannot say enough positive words about this story. Buy it, you won't be disappointed!
The story lets the children know that you can learn to be a better person, a happier person if that is what you want.