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The Bad Seed (The Food Group) Hardcover – Illustrated, August 29, 2017
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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!
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 young readers, as well as anyone navigating their current world, The Bad Seed proves that positive change is possible for each and every one of us.
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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.
The Bad Seed
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Meet Smart Cookie!
Fresh from the oven, meet the Smart Cookie! She’s the sweetest of the batch.
- She’s here to remind you that perfect scores and having all the answers aren’t the only ingredients for intelligence.
- And, that sometimes a dash of creativity and a sprinkle of confidence is all you need!
From School Library Journal
“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
- 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
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book talks all about a bad seed why he’s the bad seed what bad things he does to other people and how they talk about him behind his back. The last couple pages say how he’s trying to make improvements but he still a bad seed just not that bad. Written by someone with no educational or therapeutic background. It would be a great way to give a kid a phobia. This is a review by someone with two masters in education.
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!
By Stephanie Joyce on August 31, 2018
It takes an abrupt turn at the very end, but with no explanation as to why the little seed decides to make better choices. It was just not at all what I hoped. I will be returning or passing along to the public library.