The Bad Seed – Picture Book Sleuth Review

The Bad Seed Picture Book

-Can a Bad Seed Ever Hope to Change?-

Summary:

The bad seed came from a happy sunflower family. But one day the petals fall from the flower and as the plant droops over the seeds drop to the ground. That one event hardens a once happy seed. It is now a sad, mad, very bad seed. A very, very “baaaaaaaaaaad seed.” That’s right. He stopped smiling, wasn’t friendly, didn’t listen, cut in line, and many other bad things. But will this bad seed ever decide to change his life? And if he does, will he be able to?

Cons: I have a problem with inanimate objects as characters. And the title feels more like adult humor than anything a child would get. Plus, the turn of events two or three pages from the end of the book happens out of the blue and feels a bit odd. 

Pros: After the above thoughts, it may seem like I didn’t like the book. Just the opposite.It does have lots of good qualities. The author has taken a difficult topic of home/family/change of events and developed a useful resource. While to me, the text seems like a hard subject to illustrate, Pete Oswald has done a wonderful job.

Author’s Site: Jory John

Illustrator’s Site: Pete Oswald

Published by Harper 2017

  • Word Count: Approx 476
  • Ages: 4 – 8  years
  • Grades: Preschool – 3
  • Pages: 40

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