We were gifted this book to feature and chose to review it.
Review Date: March 11th, 2019
Written by: Jory John
I’ve always been a very good egg. I bet you’re wondering, How good can one egg really be? Well… I’ll water your plants. I’ll change your tires. I’ll even paint your house. If you need any help whatsoever, I’m your egg. Yep. I’m a verrrrrry good egg indeed. But what if being too good goes wrong?
I honestly never know what books Madeline will enjoy and which ones she will immediately love. I thought these would be more on the enjoy side, but she was way more into them than I expected. She was so attentive while we read them and then a couple days later she got practically star struck by a poster featuring them at the entrance of our local Barnes and Noble. She stopped in her tracks and hollered, “mom! Look! LOOK!” Pointing at the sign with a big grin on her face. So, yeah, I’m gonna say she loves these books.
And so do I! They are really funny and have quite the nuanced storyline. I love that these books tackle some complicated concepts with total ease and humor. Like the notion we get of trying to be good or only being seen as doing bad and showing how neither of those things are all we are and how others opinions of us can affect us, good or bad!
In The Bad Seed we see how this particular seed got to the point in his life where he has become a bad seed, which I love. The fact that we get backstory is a great way to show how people who a jerks more than likely have something else going on with them. And then we see how he tries to change. He doesn’t always get it right, but the point is that he’s trying. I love that message.
In The Good Egg we have an opposite problem. This egg tries so hard to do good and make sure others are doing good too, but he does it at the expense of himself. So he learns about the importance of self care, another great thing to point out to kids (especially my kids since I’m a horrible example of it).
Overall, we love these books and we are so excited to have them in our library! And for the record, Madeline says she’s a Good Egg, NOT a Bad Seed.
- Tear & Fold Resistance: 7/10
- Font Readability: 10/10
- Kid Engagement: 10/10
- Mommy Engagement: 10/10