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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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This is a gentle, sweet story of how generosity and kindness are the true qualities to champion, and offers a great example for young readers and an important reminder for older readers. A strong addition to any collection. -- School Library Journal (starred review)

Witty wordplay (“I was officially a has-bean”) and silly gags in the digital and watercolor illustrations (The Great Gatsbean, A Midsummer Night’s Bean, Leguma Beach) help downplay the didacticism and up the cool factor. -- Horn Book Magazine

  Cool beans indeed. -- Kirkus Reviews

Oswald's pipe-stemmed limbs, googly eyes, and accessories give these anthropomorphic legumes lots of personality. -- Kirkus Reviews

John's good-hearted text makes [hay] with the bean puns... -- Kirkus Reviews

as character-driven, pun-filled, and hilariously illustrated as its predecessors. -- Booklist

The last line [drives] the message home: all kids can be cool if they’re kind. -- 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 popular picture books The Bad Seed, Penguin Problems, and Quit Calling Me a Monster!; and the national bestseller All My Friends Are Dead, among other books. He lives in Oregon. You can visit him online at www.joryjohn.com.



Pete Oswald is an LA-based artist, kid lit author/illustrator, and production designer. He is the co-creator of Mingo the Flamingo, published in 2017 by HarperCollins. Pete is also the illustrator of The Bad Seed, by Jory John. When Pete is not working on books he is helping to uplift many of the most successful animated franchises as a character designer, concept artist, and production designer. Pete lives in Santa Monica, California, with his wife and two sons.

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ HarperCollins; Illustrated edition (December 3, 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 40 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0062954520
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0062954527
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 4 - 8 years
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ AD530L
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ Preschool - 3
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 13.8 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 9.2 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • 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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5.0 out of 5 stars An Instant Favorite in our Household!
By Happy on April 28, 2020
My 3.5 year old daughter loves story time. During these COVID-19 extended days at home, I wanted to get some new books. Both the author John Jory and Pete Oswald the Illustrator of this book are fantastic. This book is part of a three book series. I first purchased the The Cool Beans, followed by the Bad Seed and then finally the Good Egg to complete the set. My daughter's favorite of the three book series is the Bad Seed, followed by the Cool Beans, and finally the Good egg but she likes them all. I highly recommend this entire series.

As a mom, I like that the books are also educational. They touch on emotions, feelings, how those emotions/behaviors are received and how you can alter change your emotions. It also gives them great life examples of good, bad and cool behaviors which is great with navigating a toddler through all the different emotions that they go through. She also understands that you can be happy, sad, angry. I like that the Cool Beans touches on kindness and acceptance of others. Kids need kindness!

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The Cool Beans (My daughter's second favorite)
The Bad Seed (My daughter's favorite of the set)
The Good Egg (My daughter's third favorite)
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