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About Jory John
Jory's work includes the #1 New York Times bestselling picture book, "The Good Egg," and the #2 New York Times bestselling picture book, "The Bad Seed." He is also the author of the popular picture books, "Penguin Problems" and "Giraffe Problems," the award-winning Goodnight Already! series, the New York Times bestselling Terrible Two series, the recent picture books "Quit Calling Me a Monster!" and "Can Somebody Please Scratch My Back?" and the international bestseller "All my friends are dead," among many other books for both children and adults. Jory's forthcoming picture books, in 2019, include "That's What Dinosaurs Do!", 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, "Thanks and Have Fun Running the Country: Kids' Letters to President Obama," which was featured on "This American Life."
Find Jory at www.joryjohn.com or on Twitter @IamJoryJohn
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An Instant New York Times Bestseller * An Instant Indie Bestseller * An Indie Next List Selection
Feeling fried? Peel yourself on the couch and meet your new pal-tato! The winning fourth picture book from the #1 New York Times bestselling creators of The Bad Seed, The Good Egg, and The Cool Bean, Jory John and Pete Oswald, will get you and your kids moving!
The Couch Potato has everything within reach and doesn't have to move from the sunken couch cushion. But when the electricity goes out, Couch Potato is forced to peel away from the comforts of the living room and venture outside. Could fresh air and sunshine possibly be better than the views on screen?
Readers of all ages will laugh along as their new best spuddy learns that balancing screen time and playtime is the root to true happiness.
Check out Jory John and Pete Oswald’s other funny, bestselling books for kids 4-8 and anyone who wants a laugh:
The Bad Seed
The Good Egg
The Good Egg Presents: The Great Eggscape!
That’s What Dinosaurs Do
A #1 New York Times bestseller!
An Amazon Best Books of the Year 2019 selection!
From the bestselling creators of The Bad Seed, a timely story about not having to be Grade A perfect!
Meet the good egg. He’s a verrrrrry good egg indeed.
But trying to be so good is hard when everyone else is plain ol’ rotten.
As the other eggs in the dozen behave badly, the good egg starts to crack from all the pressure of feeling like he has to be perfect.
So, he decides enough is enough! It’s time for him to make a change…
Dynamic duo Jory John and Pete Oswald hatch a funny and charming story that reminds us of the importance of balance, self-care, and accepting those we love (even if they are sometimes a bit rotten).
Perfect for reading aloud and shared story time!
A New York Times bestseller!
Amazon Prime's Most Read Title of 2019!
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.
AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!
AN AMAZON BEST BOOKS OF THE MONTH (DECEMBER 2019) SELECTION!
The “too-cool-for-school” third picture book from the #1 New York Times bestselling creators of The Bad Seed and The Good Egg, Jory John and Pete Oswald
Everyone knows the cool beans. They’re sooooo cool.
And then there’s the uncool has-bean . . .
Always on the sidelines, one bean unsuccessfully tries everything he can to fit in with the crowd—until one day the cool beans show him how it’s done.
With equal measures of humor, wit, and charm, the #1 New York Times bestselling duo Jory John and Pete Oswald craft another incredible picture book, reminding us that it’s cooler to be kind.
Check out John and Oswald’s other books for children:
The Bad Seed
The Good Egg
That’s What Dinosaurs Do
A New York Times Bestseller!
Based on the #1 New York Times bestselling picture book sensation The Good Egg, Jory John and Pete Oswald present: The Great Eggscape!
The Great Eggscape is when the Good Egg and his pals escape their carton and drop into the store for a morning of fun, enjoyed by everybody.
Well, almost everybody.
Shel (an egg) isn’t a huge fan of group activities, especially when he’s made to be “It” for a game of hide-and-seek. Nevertheless, Shel doesn’t want to let his friends down, so he reluctantly plays, anyway. But after a morning of hiding and seeking, somebody’s still missing. Will the dozen eggs friends ever be reunited?
Find out in this hilarious egg hunt adventure that reminds us to break out of our shells and help our friends in need!
It’s prankster against prankster in an epic war of trickery, until the two finally decide to join forces and pull off the biggest prank ever seen: a prank so huge that it would make the members of the International Order of Disorder proud.
In The Terrible Two, bestselling authors and friends Mac Barnett and Jory John have created a series that has its roots in classic middle-grade literature yet feels fresh and new at the same time.
Advance Praise for The Terrible Two
“A double helping of fun and mischief!”
—Jeff kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series
“The pranks, the brotherhood, the art, the heart! What’s not to love about the Terrible Two?”
—Sara Pennypacker, author of the Clementine series
“You don’t have to be a cow, like cows, or even know a cow to love the Terrible Two.”
“This book is terrible! Terribly funny, terribly full of pranks, and terribly wonderful.”
—Jon Scieszka, author of The Stinky Cheese Man and the Frank Einstein series
“The Terrible Two are my kind of kids. And what’s more, they’re kids’ kind of kids.”
—Annie Barrows, author of the Ivy & Bean series
—Dav Pilkey, author of the Captain Underpants series
Authors and friends Mac Barnett and Jory John “are in perfect comic harmony” (Publishers Weekly) in this series that celebrates inventiveness, friendship, and the power of teamwork—for good, or for terrible.
This penguin has come to tell you that life in Antarctica is no paradise. For starters, it is FREEZING. Also, penguins have a ton of natural predators. Plus, can you imagine trying to find your mom in a big ol’ crowd of identical penguins? No, thank you.
Yes, it seems there is no escaping the drudgery of your daily grind, whatever it might be. Or perhaps we’ve just learned that grumps are everywhere. . . .
This book is sure to tickle kids’ funny bones and will elicit appreciative sighs from the adults reading it aloud.
"We are all Mortimer [the main character in Penguin Problems]." —The New York Times
“Bursting with humor.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The snark level is cranked up high.” —The Horn Book, Starred
“Will be right at home with fans of Jon Klassen’s This Is Not My Hat.” —Booklist
“Classic comedy.” —Publishers Weekly
“Rib-tickling.” —School Library Journal
*An E. B. White Read-Aloud Honor Book*
A hilarious bedtime book from the award-winning creators of I Love You Already!, Come Home Already!, and All Right Already!
Bear is exhausted. All he wants is to go to sleep.
Duck is wide awake. All he wants is to hang out . . . with Bear.
Will Bear ever be able to catch some ZZZ’s?
Jory John, author of Penguin Problems and The Bad Seed, and Benji Davies, creator of The Storm Whale and Tad, join together to create this standout hilarious picture book that's perfect for bedtime read-alouds.
From the authors of the breakout national bestseller All My Friends Are Dead comes a brand new illustrated compendium of the humorous existential ruminations of people, animals, legendary monsters, and inanimate objects. Readers will appreciate the plight of the light bulb whose only friends are burnouts, the caterpillar whose friends have all really changed, the cookie whose friends are crumbs, the cactus whose friends always kind of look like they’re flipping you off, the robot who was not programmed to understand the concept of friendship, and many more, and fans new and old will laugh (and cry) out loud with this new, darkly funny celebration of the inevitable.
Can you guess what's making this giraffe self-conscious? Could it be . . . HIS ENORMOUS NECK?? Yes, it's exactly that--how on earth did you figure it out?
Edward the giraffe can't understand why his neck is as long and bendy and, well, ridiculous as it is. No other animal has a neck this absurd. He's tried disguising it, dressing it up, strategically hiding it behind bushes--honestly, anything you can think of, he's tried. Just when Edward has exhausted his neck-hiding options and is about to throw in the towel, a turtle swoops in (well, ambles in, very slowly) and helps him understand that his neck has a purpose, and looks excellent in a bow tie.