The Bad Seed

Jory John (Author) Pete Oswald (Illustrator)

Product Details

$18.99  $17.47
Publish Date
August 29, 2017
9.3 X 0.4 X 11.2 inches | 0.86 pounds
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About the Author

Jory John is a New York Times bestselling author of books for both children and adults. He is a two-time E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor recipient. Jory's work includes the picture books Giraffe Problems and Penguin Problems, both illustrated by Lane Smith, the Goodnight Already! series, illustrated by Benji Davies, The Bad Seed and The Good Egg, both illustrated by Pete Oswald, and the award-winning Quit Calling Me a Monster!, illustrated by Bob Shea. He also co-authored numerous humor books, including the internationally bestselling All My Friends Are Dead. Jory spent six years as programs director at 826 Valencia, a nonprofit educational center in San Francisco. He resides in Oregon.

PETE OSWALD est un peintre, illustrateur et animateur. Il a coécrit et illustré l'album Mingo the Flamingo et illustré The Bad Seed et The Good Egg, deux albums classés au palmarès du New York Times. Pete vit à Los Angeles, en Californie, avec sa femme et ses trois fils.

PETE OSWALD is a fine-arts painter, an animator, an author, and an illustrator. He illustrated the New York Times bestselling books The Bad Seed and The Good Egg by Jory John. He has also worked as a character designer and concept artist on the movies Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and the Oscar-nominated ParaNorman. Pete lives in Los Angeles, California, with his wife and their three sons. You can visit him online at


★ "This is a story that opens up dialogue about our reactions to life experiences, the consequences of our choices, and the chance to make a change for the better."--School Library Journal (starred review)
★ "Young readers will find the list of all the seed's offenses amusing, and the illustration of the flies and stench surrounding him (he never washes his hands or feet) is sure to elicit laughter."--School Library Journal (starred review)
★ "Even the very youngest can follow along as the pictures provide evidence of the seed's bad behavior and the reactions of those around him."--School Library Journal (starred review)
"John gives the seed a sympathetic backstory (packaged as a snack food, he barely escaped being eaten) that, along with his eventual determination to change his stripes, should keep readers engaged."--Publishers Weekly
"Working in digitized watercolors, Oswald makes this antihero's angst vivid and touching, and the world the seed moves in--a metropolis populated by seeds that include peanuts, coconuts, and corn kernels--adds a playful counterpoint of background detail and comedy."--Publishers Weekly
"Young readers will enjoy watching the dramatic seed intimidate his nervous neighbors, and might not even realize they're learning a lesson about good behavior in the process."--Booklist
"This is kid-book humor at its best, both warmhearted and frisky--the kind that leaves adults, too, cracking up and grateful."--New York Times Book Review
"The BEST read-aloud book of the year...Seriously."--Mel Schuit, Let's Talk Picture Books (blog)
★ "This charmingly illustrated book would be a comical read-aloud and useful for class or family discussions about manners, behavior, and reputation."--School Library Journal (starred review)
"The watercolor illustrations provide plenty of comic effect."--Booklist
"Oswald's illustrations of seeds, legumes and nuts match John's silly, appealing story."--St. Louis Post-Dispatch