The Bad Seed (The Bad Seed, #1)
An Amazon Best Children's Book of the Month from the New York Times bestselling author of the Goodnight Already! seriesThis 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.

The Bad Seed (The Bad Seed, #1) Details

TitleThe Bad Seed (The Bad Seed, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 29th, 2017
PublisherHarperCollins
ISBN-139780062467768
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Humor

The Bad Seed (The Bad Seed, #1) Review

  • Jon Nakapalau
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this book! A bad seed decides to change after he comes to the realization that all the other seeds are convinced he is the worst of the worst. Important lessons for small children and fantastic art.
  • Calista
    January 1, 1970
    Jory authored the book ‘the Good Egg’, which is one of my favorites of the year. This is the first one, ‘the Bad Seed’. I really enjoyed this book and the arc of the character in it, but it isn’t as good as the egg.Our seed is bad and does bad stuff children do. But he had a trauma that caused his behavior, being a seed and all. Eventually, he is tired of feeling bad all the time and he wants to feel good so he decides to start being a good seed, baby steps. It’s a whole process.One of the Jory authored the book ‘the Good Egg’, which is one of my favorites of the year. This is the first one, ‘the Bad Seed’. I really enjoyed this book and the arc of the character in it, but it isn’t as good as the egg.Our seed is bad and does bad stuff children do. But he had a trauma that caused his behavior, being a seed and all. Eventually, he is tired of feeling bad all the time and he wants to feel good so he decides to start being a good seed, baby steps. It’s a whole process.One of the pictures I love is the seed makes scary faces at a baby seed in a stroller and the seed is crying. It cracks me up.The nephew thought this was a good book. He liked it. He didn’t have a lot to say about it, but he did like finding the seed among the other seeds each time they were all together. “Which one is it?” he would ask. He was good at finding him. He gave this 3 stars.
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  • Hilary
    January 1, 1970
    A nice story about a sunflower seed who doesn't behave well and is proud of it. As the story progresses we find out that the Bad Seed has been separated from his happy family and has spent some time homeless. The story ends nicely, showing the Bad Seed trying to make a change. The illustrations are lovely and an educational message for children that if a child doesn't have a happy home life this might show in their behaviour at school.
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  • La Coccinelle
    January 1, 1970
    I kept seeing this e-book pop up on the library site, so I finally decided to give it a try. It's actually pretty funny. The Bad Seed lives in a world populated by sentient seeds (and humans, as it turns out). He's a very bad seed. He doesn't listen, and he cuts in line, and he stares at other seeds to make them uncomfortable.But he's also got a backstory that sort of helps explain why he is the way he is. Trauma can do strange things to a person seed. (His background is rather harrowing. I I kept seeing this e-book pop up on the library site, so I finally decided to give it a try. It's actually pretty funny. The Bad Seed lives in a world populated by sentient seeds (and humans, as it turns out). He's a very bad seed. He doesn't listen, and he cuts in line, and he stares at other seeds to make them uncomfortable.But he's also got a backstory that sort of helps explain why he is the way he is. Trauma can do strange things to a person seed. (His background is rather harrowing. I mean, if you're a seed.)Can a truly bad seed change their ways? This book explores that, and while I found the ending a little too simple, this is a picture book, so I'm not expecting a psychology dissertation. The illustrations definitely make up for the thinness of the story's resolution; they're very well done.I'm glad I finally picked this one up. It's entertaining, and I enjoyed it quite a bit.
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  • TL
    January 1, 1970
    *Read for free with kindle Unlimited*Drawings: 3.5 starsStory/Plot: 3.25 stars---Overused word but cute story.. thought that there could have been a few more pages to it though. To me the latter part felt sudden but that could my brain being overly critical.I think kids would enjoy this. It might not be their favorite story *shrugs* or maybe it will, could be wrong.
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  • Andrea Fleury
    January 1, 1970
    Can a bad seed ever be good.A seed who realizes that being unhappy and dad is not the way to go. The illustrations were fantastic and the story. Great for any age. Young and old will get a kick out of how he became a bad seed.
  • ℛ a ℂ ℎ ℯ ℓ ♥️
    January 1, 1970
    Sometimes things in life turn us into bad seeds. You ever had a day or a week that was just so bad and not everything that happened in the week was your fault or in your control but you just lost it? That is what this story is about.This is about the Bad Seed. He was not always bad but everyone sees him that way because he makes up mischief and does things that are not socially acceptable, and frankly come off rude. But that is just who he is ok? Well that is not entirely true. He begins to tell Sometimes things in life turn us into bad seeds. You ever had a day or a week that was just so bad and not everything that happened in the week was your fault or in your control but you just lost it? That is what this story is about.This is about the Bad Seed. He was not always bad but everyone sees him that way because he makes up mischief and does things that are not socially acceptable, and frankly come off rude. But that is just who he is ok? Well that is not entirely true. He begins to tell us his tale of what happened to him and how he became a bad seed. He used to be happy and have a family but things changed one day when something tragic and unexpected happened. And it left him changed and different. He was no longer a good seed but a bad one, with no friends and completely alone. Things seem pretty direr for this little guy but then something happens and his perspective changes.I wont tell you the end or anything but I want to talk about how amazing the moral of this book is. I have had a rough week…actually I have had a rough beginning to my year. I keep making mistakes and doing things wrong and just plain messing up. And at times like this week I feel like a bad seed. But this book is about choices. We can either stay in the dark place we were pushed into or we can rise above and be a good seed. We can make the choice to fight for happiness. Every day is a choice and a battle. One that can be so fulfilling if we just let it.Little books like this are why I love to read children’s books. It's books like this one that remind us we can be more and have more, but it is up to us to make the choice to change. All we need is a positive outlook for a more positive future.
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    It seems as if there's something missing in that the seed just happens to decide to reform... but the child reader who is uncomfortable with being known as a troublemaker or a 'bad kid' might take heart in the straightforwardness of that decision. Sometimes we just realize that change has to happen, even if it's going to take an effort and some time. Brilliant book because it can be read just for fun, too.Second read: Reminds me of Scrooge. Finally, on this year's read of Christmas Carol, I It seems as if there's something missing in that the seed just happens to decide to reform... but the child reader who is uncomfortable with being known as a troublemaker or a 'bad kid' might take heart in the straightforwardness of that decision. Sometimes we just realize that change has to happen, even if it's going to take an effort and some time. Brilliant book because it can be read just for fun, too.Second read: Reminds me of Scrooge. Finally, on this year's read of Christmas Carol, I realized that Scrooge's reformation is actually more of restoration. Same with this little guy - he had a happy childhood, and only went bad due to bad events.
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  • Candace
    January 1, 1970
    A bad seed. A really bad sunflower seed. We learn the seed's life story and understand why it feels it has to be bad. One day, however, the sunflower seed decides to be good. Well, not all the time. This expressive picture book has bold, colorful drawings. The seed changes from a negative to a positive attitude. This produces mixed feelings, but it's a happier seed.
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  • Pamela
    January 1, 1970
    Oh you precious seed - BAD SEED - I love you, love you, LOVE YOU!!!A happy family. A good seed. A dark turn of events. CATASTROPHE! Sad, Mad, Bad!!! Then after a bout of bad behavior, a change of attitude brings about brighter days. Jory John and Pete Oswald, you both are creatively brilliant, picture book geniuses. GOOD SEEDS. You have taken a complex topic - family/home/upheaval/ displacement and the self-protecting "bad" behaviors that often arise from such - and created a beautifully Oh you precious seed - BAD SEED - I love you, love you, LOVE YOU!!!A happy family. A good seed. A dark turn of events. CATASTROPHE! Sad, Mad, Bad!!! Then after a bout of bad behavior, a change of attitude brings about brighter days. Jory John and Pete Oswald, you both are creatively brilliant, picture book geniuses. GOOD SEEDS. You have taken a complex topic - family/home/upheaval/ displacement and the self-protecting "bad" behaviors that often arise from such - and created a beautifully illustrated, simply comprehendible, delightful children's book. FIVE ***** Absolutely DELIGHTFUL / Children's Picture Book, Where "Bad" is OH SO GOOD ***** STARS
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  • Peacegal
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars -- Titles like THE BAD SEED are why I love children's picture books. Clever, wonderfully illustrated, and just plain laugh-out-loud funny stuff that can be enjoyed equally by both kids and adults.
  • Melki
    January 1, 1970
    A bad seed tells how he got that way, and how he's attempting to change his ways. I liked the artwork, but the story was a little fruitless. (Sorry.)
  • KC
    January 1, 1970
    Sweet, silly, and touching story about how a sunflower seed struggles with being bad.
  • Christi M
    January 1, 1970
    I’m not sure I should admit this, but I’ve wanted to read this picture book for a while. Every time I would see it I would notice how interesting the book looked. So, I finally gave in and downloaded it. Thank goodness I was right – this was a very interesting book to read.Thoughts:I loved just about every aspect of the book. How could I not? In the story we have a seed who is a very very bad seed. The other seeds all know this – some are scared of him and some just talk about him behind his I’m not sure I should admit this, but I’ve wanted to read this picture book for a while. Every time I would see it I would notice how interesting the book looked. So, I finally gave in and downloaded it. Thank goodness I was right – this was a very interesting book to read.Thoughts:I loved just about every aspect of the book. How could I not? In the story we have a seed who is a very very bad seed. The other seeds all know this – some are scared of him and some just talk about him behind his seed back. They all have a point because he really does do some bad things. But then our ‘bad’ seed decides he wants to try and be good. So, now our seed will still forget to be a good seed at times and will show up late or talk in movies, but he also now likes to say ‘thank you’ and ‘please’ and do other good seed things.Simply put, The Bad Seed is just an awesome picture book. First, it has clever humor that preschoolers, new readers, and adults will all enjoy. But it also has very interesting illustrations to look at, which I believe are watercolor, and together the illustrations and story are displayed on the pages in a manner that helps make the story even more interesting to read and look at. An example of this are the pages that show all the extreme lengths of ‘bad’ that this sunflower seed goes to.The message is fairly simple: It’s never to late to try and make a change in your life. The only very small issue I did have with this book is it doesn’t really explain why he wants to no longer be good. It does go into some past trauma, which may help explain why he acts the way he does. But, the bridge between the past and why he decides to change is missing.Rating: 4.5
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Come meet The Bad Seed. He’s the baddest seed around. He cuts in line, lies, and so much more. What made this "baaaaaaaaaaad" seed so bad? His life changed in a hurry when he fell from his safe, sunny sunflower world. Changes that hardened his shell and heart. Can this Bad Seed turn things around? Can he be good?Jump in and see! Come see the in your face art filled with lots of frowns, pouts, and maybe, just maybe a smile or two hidden underneath all that badness. The eyes say it all! :)This Come meet The Bad Seed. He’s the baddest seed around. He cuts in line, lies, and so much more. What made this "baaaaaaaaaaad" seed so bad? His life changed in a hurry when he fell from his safe, sunny sunflower world. Changes that hardened his shell and heart. Can this Bad Seed turn things around? Can he be good?Jump in and see! Come see the in your face art filled with lots of frowns, pouts, and maybe, just maybe a smile or two hidden underneath all that badness. The eyes say it all! :)This imaginative read is chock full of all kinds of seeds and lessons. Just because you’re bad doesn’t mean you can’t be good too. Seeds change ya know. We can too!A silly read with a heart. Check it out from your local Library.
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  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    Available for free through Kindle's Prime program. I picked this one up on a whim after seeing it advertised at B&N. It's super short so not much to say, but I think everyone can enjoy this one. It has a good lesson for children on how life's circumstances can effect you, but how you have the power to make the choice of how it effects you. Come to think of it...it's a lesson some adults can use as well. :)
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  • SurLeFur ©
    January 1, 1970
    Students read a story about The Bad Seed. As a class we discussed what we thought was important about the story and wrote about it. At the end of the story -The Bad Seed’s behavior improved and he learned that it was okay to make mistakes. I really liked sharing this story written by Jory John.
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  • Jamila
    January 1, 1970
    loved this!
  • Abigail
    January 1, 1970
    The eponymous Bad Seed of this humorous picture-book examination of trauma and its after-effects does lots of terrible things, from cutting in line to refusing to put anything away in its proper place. Perfectly aware that the other seeds don't like him very much, the Bad Seed reveals his history - growing up on a sunflower, being torn from his family, and then almost eaten by a giant! Eventually deciding he doesn't want to be bad anymore, he makes efforts to change, ending up (like most of us) The eponymous Bad Seed of this humorous picture-book examination of trauma and its after-effects does lots of terrible things, from cutting in line to refusing to put anything away in its proper place. Perfectly aware that the other seeds don't like him very much, the Bad Seed reveals his history - growing up on a sunflower, being torn from his family, and then almost eaten by a giant! Eventually deciding he doesn't want to be bad anymore, he makes efforts to change, ending up (like most of us) a mix of bad and good...Having enjoyed any number of Jory John's other picture-books, from his Goodnight Already! series to Penguin Problems , I have been meaning to pick up The Bad Seed since it came out a few years ago. Although it's taken me a while, I'm glad that I finally got around to it, as I appreciated both the overarching message of the tale - namely, that bad behavior is often the result of bad things having happened to the wrongdoer - and the humor of it. The illustrations by Peter Oswald, whose work I had not encountered before, are quite cute, and accentuate the humor of John's story. Although I didn't find this one laugh-out-loud funny, I did enjoy it enough that I have plans to track down the companion, The Good Egg .
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  • Kirsti
    January 1, 1970
    Simple story about motivations for bad and good behavior. The illustrations are funny and expressive.
  • Kaethe Douglas
    January 1, 1970
    It lost its witty tone when the bad seed reformed. The art was pleasing throughout.Library copy
  • Shiloah
    January 1, 1970
    Such a great book! I’m so glad we bought this one.
  • Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    Such a great read! My daughter loved this fun picture book. The artwork is fantastic and the story is really quite touching but presented in a way that's fun instead of being too heavy. The fact that the seed could see he needed to change and took steps to improving his behavior was a great way to show children that it's possible.
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  • Chance Lee
    January 1, 1970
    He's a (sunflower) seed. He's a bad. He's a bad seed!The Bad Seed is an incredible, imaginative picture book with beautiful illustrations, humor and empathy. The beginning of the book is charming and funny, with the literal bad seed explaining why he's so bad -- he doesn't put his shopping cart away! He doesn't bathe! He cuts in line. The seed seems to relish his badness. Then the story turns. We get to see how the bad seed got this way. For a seed, he had a pretty harrowing experience -- a He's a (sunflower) seed. He's a bad. He's a bad seed!The Bad Seed is an incredible, imaginative picture book with beautiful illustrations, humor and empathy. The beginning of the book is charming and funny, with the literal bad seed explaining why he's so bad -- he doesn't put his shopping cart away! He doesn't bathe! He cuts in line. The seed seems to relish his badness. Then the story turns. We get to see how the bad seed got this way. For a seed, he had a pretty harrowing experience -- a broken home, isolation, almost getting eaten. Who can't relate? With that dark vignette, Jory John shows that the seed is "bad" because of past trauma. He also shows that being "good" is a choice, and the seed decides to be a better person -- er, seed in the end. Wonderful book. A new favorite.
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  • B.A. Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    My first experience with this story was phenomenal. It was read to me at a library conference, during a session called Draq Queen Storytime. It was read by a very charismatic drag queen, after she shared with us some of the reasons why she felt drag queen storytime was so special at her library. And I loved it. The story. The presentation. Everything. I will probably have a permanent warm fuzzy place in my heart for this wickedly charming picture book.
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  • Jennifer (JenIsNotaBookSnob)
    January 1, 1970
    I read my daughter a pile of around 20 picture books and this one was her favorite of the lot. It features a sunflower seed who goes through some trauma and turns into a bad seed. As the book progresses, he decides he doesn't want to be a bad seed anymore and starts working to improve. The illustrations are charming; the story flows nicely and is just the right amount of words. It's one of those picture books that give kids a chance to put themselves in someone else's shoes and empathize.
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    This is a good story for children who are either experiencing bad behavior from themselves or from other people around them because it not only shares the background that could lead to such bad behavior but also shows the capacity for change. Detailed and expressive illustrations bring the book to life!
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  • Jillian Heise
    January 1, 1970
    Made me laugh, and fills a spot in picture books for kids who see themselves as "bad" to be able to change their mindset to move beyond that perception. And the illustrations are fun and engaging. Super cute book.
  • Homeschoolmama
    January 1, 1970
    Cute, weird little book about a seed that is traumatized in his early life, becomes "bad", but then decides to turn his life around. Strange little book, cute drawings...I like children's books like this- weird and unusual.
  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book. We all have what we think are bad characteristics. This book is about self acceptance and reality.
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