The Bad Seed

The Bad Seed


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A New York Times bestseller!

An Amazon Best Children's Book of the Month from the New York Times bestselling author of the Goodnight Already! series

This 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062467768
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/29/2017
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 6,541
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Jory John is a New York Times bestselling author and two-time E. B. White Read Aloud Honor recipient. Jory’s work includes the award-winning Goodnight Already! series; the bestselling Terrible Two series; the popular picture books The Bad Seed, Penguin Problems, and Quit Calling Me a Monster!; and the national bestseller All My Friends Are Dead, among other books. He lives in Oregon. You can visit him online at

Pete Oswald is an LA-based artist, kid lit author/illustrator, and production designer. He is the co-creator of Mingo the Flamingo, published in 2017 by HarperCollins. Pete is also the illustrator of The Bad Seed, by Jory John. When Pete is not working on books he is helping to uplift many of the most successful animated franchises as a character designer, concept artist, and production designer. Pete lives in Santa Monica, California, with his wife and two sons.

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The Bad Seed 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very cute book that kids will love!
TheGrumpyBookReviewer More than 1 year ago
Can a Bad Seed change? This little seed has no name, but he has peers. He hears them talking about him, saying how bad he is. For example, he lies about things that don’t matter; he breaks in line – any line. He is always late, and he never, ever washes his hands. John Jory has written a lovely story for children. He shows them that, even if bad and scary things happen to them, and they feel completely alone in the world, they don't have to become bad seeds. They have a choice on how to behave toward others. This little seed says he wasn't always so bad -- he wasn't born bad. He was once close to his family of sunflower seeds. Then they were harvested. The person who ate seeds from the bag he was in spit him out. From then on, he was alone in the world. Now he has decided he doesn't want to stay bad, so he begins to say please and thank you. Then he begins doing nice things lick holding doors open for other seeds. One day he realizes that, when his friends talk about him, they are making nice comments. He is very happy. This is a sweet, heartwarming story in picture-book form. It is well-written, and has beautiful illustrations by Pete Oswald. The Bad Seed would make a great bedtime story for your favorite little one. What Makes This Reviewer Grumpy? Not a thing.