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The Bad Seed (The Food Group) Hardcover – Illustrated, August 29, 2017

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THE BAD SEED

This is a book about a bad seed. A baaaaaaaaaad seed. How bad? Do you really want to know?

· He lies about pointless stuff.

· He cuts in line. Every time!

· And he does plenty of other bad stuff, too. But he also proves that it’s never too late to change your ways.

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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

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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

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ HarperCollins; 1st edition (August 29, 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 40 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 006246776X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0062467768
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 4 - 8 years
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ AD390L
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ Preschool - 3
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 15.3 ounces
  • Customer Reviews:
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Jory John is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and two-time E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor recipient.

Jory’s work includes the #1 New York Times bestselling picture book, &quot;The Good Egg,&quot; and the #2 New York Times bestselling picture book, &quot;The Bad Seed.&quot; He is also the author of the popular picture books, &quot;Penguin Problems&quot; and &quot;Giraffe Problems,&quot; the award-winning Goodnight Already! series, the New York Times bestselling Terrible Two series, the recent picture books &quot;Quit Calling Me a Monster!&quot; and &quot;Can Somebody Please Scratch My Back?&quot; and the international bestseller &quot;All my friends are dead,&quot; among many other books for both children and adults. Jory's forthcoming picture books, in 2019, include &quot;That's What Dinosaurs Do!&quot;, illustrated by his frequent collaborator, Pete Oswald.

Jory’s books have won numerous state book awards, most recently the North Carolina Children’s Book Award, the Florida Sunshine State Reading Award, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award of Vermont, the Louisiana Young Readers Choice Award, the Volunteer State Book Award of Tennessee, the North Dakota Library Association Flicker Tale Award, the South Carolina Children’s Book Award, the Oregon Spirit Book Award Honor Prize, and his work was shortlisted for the Texas Bluebonnet Award. His books were also twice-nominated for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in England.

In addition to the books mentioned here, Jory has written for the New York Times, the Guardian, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Believer, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, and BuzzFeed, among many other publications. His work has also been featured in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, The Best of McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Reader's Digest, and more.

For more than six years, Jory worked as the programs director at 826 Valencia, a nonprofit writing and educational center in San Francisco's Mission District, founded by Dave Eggers. In that time, he conceptualized and edited, &quot;Thanks and Have Fun Running the Country: Kids' Letters to President Obama,&quot; which was featured on &quot;This American Life.&quot;

Find Jory at www.joryjohn.com or on Twitter @IamJoryJohn

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This book looks brand new but was very poorly bound together. I was excited to read it to my class at school and two pages fell out during my first reading at home! I will be returning.
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