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The Bad Seed: The Food Group, Book 1

By Angela Zimmerman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Naughty (traumatized) seed works on self-improvement.

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This unique story about a troubled young sunflower seed packs a lot of messages into its colorful cartoonish pages. Kids may giggle at how bad the seed is -- he cuts in line, lies, doesn't bathe, makes messes, and is rude to his friends. But it's when the Bad Seed redeems himself -- deciding one day it's not too late to turn his life around -- that will really stick with kids, especially kids who struggle with self-control and disruptive behavior. No one is born bad. Kids have control over their day-to-day attitude, and as The Bad Seed illustrates, it's never too late to make a change. The Bad Seed is a memorable character on a difficult but rewarding journey. Readers of all ages will get a kick out of the story's dry wisdom and whimsy.

Book Details

  • Author: Jory John
  • Illustrator: Pete Oswald
  • Genre: Picture Book
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: August 29, 2017
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 8
  • Number of pages: 40
  • Available on: Paperback, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: November 29, 2023

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