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Book Review: The Couch Potato by Jory John, Illustrated by Pete Oswald

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Genre: Picture Book
Series: Bad Seed #4
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐1/2
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: The Couch Potato has everything he needs within reach of his sunken couch cushion. But when the electricity goes out, Couch Potato is forced to peel himself away from the comforts of his living room and venture outside. And when he does, he realizes fresh air and sunshine could be just the things he needs…

 

REVIEW: The Potato loves nothing more than spending all its free time hanging out on the couch because it’s comfy, cozy, and all it needs is within reach. Oof how relatable, haha! Potato has a pretty sweet setup established, so doesn’t have to move much. Until a power outage forces Potato….OUTSIDE (gasp!).

I liked how MC rediscovers the joys of the outside world and basks in the fresh air. You could say this book is social commentary on being glued to electronics or too much time spent indoors and the importance of getting out more often so you don’t miss out on things. The MC learns that outside can be just as fun and fulfilling as inside.

And I loved when the MC said,

Yes, there’s a great big world out there and I want to be a part of it. In person.” These words stuck out to me.

This is an impactful sentiment that will stick with readers for a long time.

I liked this story. Not as much as the previous books but still relatable and fun with entertaining illustrations.


More by Jory John

Bad Seed
The Bad Seed (#1)
The Good Egg (#2)
The Cool Bean (#3)


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Book Review: The Cool Bean by Jory John, Illustrated by Pete Oswald

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Cover of The Cool Bean by Jory John and illustrated by Pete Oswald
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Genre: Picture Book
Series: Bad Seed #3
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: 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.

 

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Another great read from Jory John and Pete Oswald!

I adored the main character before I even started reading. Just look at the lil bean’s stylish blue tie! But compared to his estranged friends – the “cooooool beans” – lil bean is eh. The bean clearly misses its friends who unexpectedly changed and they no longer hang out – so sad!

The Cool Bean is a tale as old as time that’s hard to process sometimes. Friendships change, people change, and sometimes you just grow apart. Then there’s the overwhelming challenge of trying to fit in to not be alone. Readers will connect with the bean on a personal level to what the bean is experiencing. That’s what makes this story (and series) so good, fun to read, and accessible.

I really loved the illustrations and colors used. I thought it was funny when the bean was reading “The Great Gatsbean.” The end of the story made me so happy, too.

The Cool Bean was adorably cool and reminds us that the coolest thing you can be is yourself.


More by Jory John

Bad Seed
The Bad Seed (#1)
The Good Egg (#2)

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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.


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Bad Seed
The Bad Seed (#1)

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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.