Thursday, January 4, 2018

The Bad Seed by Jory John - OPTIONAL

John, Jory  The Bad Seed Illustrated by Pete Oswald  PICTURE BOOK Harper, 2017.  $17.99  Content: G.  

A sunflower seed considers himself a bad seed and so do others because he has bad manners.  He explains that he wasn’t always a bad seed, but he had some trials in his sunflower seed life that made him grumpy and not considerate of others.  But he looks himself in the mirror and decides that he is going to try and be a good seed.  He isn’t always perfect, but at least he is trying and that’s a good place to start.  

The idea behind this book is cute—a bad seed trying to mend his ways.  I like the moral of trying to do better and be kinder, even if it’s not perfect. The illustrations are adorable and the expressions of the different seeds are cute.  That said, the time when he is traumatized (while almost being eaten at a baseball game) was a bit dark and I’m not sure young kids get the play on the phrase “bad seed”.  


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