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Book Review: The Good Egg by Jory John, Illustrated by Pete Oswald

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Cover of The Good Egg by Jory John, illustrated by Pete Oswald
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Genre: Picture Book
Series: Bad Seed #2
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: The good egg has been good for as long as he can remember. While the other eggs in his carton are kind of rotten, he always does the right, kind, and courteous thing. He is a verrrrrrry good egg indeed! Until one day he decides that enough is enough! He begins to crack (quite literally) from the pressure of always having to be grade-A perfect.


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Our main character of this wonderful story is a “verrrrrry good egg.” But it’s 11 other egg friends in the carton…not so much. The good egg’s attempts to make them behave are sadly futile. Soon the egg good persona starts to crack under the pressure of perfectionism, which resonated with me.

I like how the author and illustrator showcased the effects of what happens when we put too much pressure on ourselves to be perfect or a certain way. Additionally, how spending too much time trying to control the actions of others when we can only control our own. The egg has neglected self-care, which is super important to make time for.

The Good Egg made me feel good inside. It’s an egg-cellent story (sorry not sorry for the pun) with a timeless message and creative illustrations.

More by Jory John

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The Bad Seed (#1)

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