The Bad Seed
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.
"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) "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)
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 recent picture books Penguin Problems and Quit Calling Me a Monster!; and the national bestseller All My Friends Are Dead, among many other books. He lives in Oregon. You can visit him online at www.joryjohn.com. Pete Oswald is a painter, illustrator, and filmmaker. He is the illustrator of the first three books in the Did You Know? series. Pete worked as a character designer and concept artist on the popular films Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and Hotel Transylvania. His short film The Story of Walls earned him an Annie Award nomination. He was the production designer of The Angry Birds Movie. Pete lives in Santa Monica, California, with his wife and two sons. You can visit him online at peteoswald.tumblr.com.