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Book Review: The Bad Seed by Jory John, Illustrated by Pete Oswald

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Genre: Picture Book
Series: The Bad Seed #1
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: 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.


My Review: I’d been curious about these books and was happy to find that two were available on kindle unlimited. The Bad Seed is the first book in The Bad Seed series and I liked it. This seed is one bad seed indeed! You get a glimpse of all the bad things the seed does. But why is he so bad? It’s actually a sad story and I felt bad for the bad sad. I like how the seed tries to change its bad ways in order to be happy – even if the results vary (progress!).

The Bad Seed is a well enough book to show kids that it’s never too late to change but that change doesn’t happen overnight and it takes a lot of hard work. Not too moralistic with plenty of room left to be entertaining. Still, I would read more of these books because I liked the characterization of the bad seed, the overall arc of the story, and the illustrations were really great.

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