The Good Egg

Book review by Angela Zimmerman, Common Sense Media
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age 4+

Witty, delightful tale encourages self-care and acceptance.

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age 11+

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age 9+

Selfish message amidst cute illustrations

The Good Egg is a nicely illustrated book. I bought it from my son’s scholastic catalog without being able to read the inside, and I will be giving this book away. The message of putting yourself before others is not what I want to teach my kids. The extreme bad behavior of the other eggs is unrealistic, and the author has the Good Egg deal with that behavior by going on a solo journey of “self care,” including going to a spa and “breathing in and out.” That type of “self care” doesn’t work in real life, so why teach it to children, furthering the selfish “world-revolves-around-me” mentality of youth today. Seriously disappointed in the message this book sends to young children - do a lot of superficial, selfish tasks, and you’ll feel better about everyone else’s bad behavior.
age 13+

Chuck it with Giving Tree and Rainbow Fish

I'm sorry. Really. But I'm a kindergarten teacher with 30 years in the inner city. The good egg worries about the behavior of others, goes off on a journey of self-discovery and comes home to his eleven carton mates. In the end, he allows them to bully and mistreat him and blithely accepts their behavior. Oh well, I guess it takes all kinds. Nope, sorry, I'm not teaching young children to accept the bullying behavior of others. Had to have a good conversation with them after reading. Not for my collection. The author is clever, puns are cute for big kids or adults - but over the children's heads. The art work is nice - my kids liked the drawing of underwear on the final page - again, though, this amounts to harassment and we all know better than to enable that.

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