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The bad seed / written by Jory John ; illustrations by Pete Oswald.

John, Jory, (author.). Oswald, Pete, (illustrator.).

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  • 1 of 2 copies available at Ansonia Public Library. (Show preferred library)
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Ansonia Public Library J.E. JOH (Text to phone) 34045138755819 Juvenile Easy Checked out 10/17/2019
Ansonia Public Library J.E. JOH (Text to phone) 34045138755827 Juvenile Easy Available -
Beacon Falls Public Library E JOH (Text to phone) 33120143473996 Picture Book Checked out 11/02/2019
Bentley Memorial Library - Bolton E Joh (Text to phone) 33160142900870 Easy Fiction Checked out 10/19/2019
Bethel Public Library JP JOHN (Text to phone) 34030141659059 Juvenile Picture Book Checked out 11/02/2019
Black Rock Branch - Bridgeport jj JOHN (Text to phone) 34000081239402 Juvenile Picture Book Available -
Brookfield Library E/MAKE BELIEVE/J (Text to phone) 34029141058072 Juvenile Picture Book Checked out 10/28/2019
Burroughs-Saden Main - Bridgeport jj JOHN (Text to phone) 34000081239410 Juvenile Picture Book Available -
Chester Public Library JE JOH (Text to phone) 33210000391231 Easy Fiction Available -
Deep River Public Library E John (Text to phone) 36039001169404 Easy Fiction Available -
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Summary, etc.:
The bad seed changes his mind about being bad and decides that he wants to be happy.
Subject: Seeds > Juvenile fiction.
Behavior > Fiction.
Conduct of life > Juvenile fiction.
Genre: Humorous fiction.
Picture books.

Syndetic Solutions - BookList Review for ISBN Number 006246776X
The Bad Seed
The Bad Seed
by John, Jory; Oswald, Pete (Illustrator)
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I'm a bad seed, this titular antihero proclaims, his angry eyes taking up the majority of the page. A baaaaaaaaaaad seed. Brow firmly furrowed, the little but fierce sunflower seed marches through the city streets while a variety of other seeds and nuts scamper out of his way, agreeing with him (There goes a baaaad seed). What makes him so bad? He lies, he's late, he doesn't listen, he tells boring jokes, and he never puts things back. Of course, he wasn't always like that: like many bad guys, he's got a pretty tragic backstory. But maybe he's done being bad. Maybe he wants to be good again if he can remember how. The message, though heavy-handed, is well-intentioned, and the watercolor illustrations provide plenty of comic effect. 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.--Reagan, Maggie Copyright 2017 Booklist

Syndetic Solutions - School Library Journal Review for ISBN Number 006246776X
The Bad Seed
The Bad Seed
by John, Jory; Oswald, Pete (Illustrator)
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K-Gr 2-Corn kernels, pistachios, peanuts, and other seeds gasp and point as a "baaaaaaaaaaad seed" goes by. When others mumble about him, he can hear them because he has "good hearing for a seed." The bad seed tells "long jokes with no punch lines," lies "about pointless stuff," and never puts things back where they belong. But he did not start out that way; it was only after a traumatic experience that he became "a different seed entirely." Through a mixture of watercolor textures and digital paint, Oswald creates a faded cityscape background. The seeds, on the other hand, have stronger colors and expressive faces. (Their sticklike arms and legs and large eyes make them reminiscent of the California Raisins.) The contrast between the bright, sunlit field and the dark interior of a sunflower seed bag highlights the protagonist's downturn in fortune. 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. 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. 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. VERDICT This charmingly illustrated book would be a comical read-aloud and useful for class or family discussions about manners, behavior, and reputation.-Suzanne Costner, Fairview Elementary School, Maryville, TN © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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The Bad Seed
by John, Jory; Oswald, Pete (Illustrator)
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A sunflower seed is certain that he's "baaaaaaaaaaad," and his grim scowl, shown in frightening close-up, certainly seems to indicate incorrigibility. But as the seed catalogues his wickedness ("I'm late to everything.... I lie about pointless stuff. I cut in line. Every time"), it becomes clear that his problem is actually impulsiveness and thoughtlessness-the kind of misbehavior that children struggle with daily. John (Penguin Problems) 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, even if the turning point is abrupt and the text gets a little Dr. Phil ("I'm ready to be happy.... I'm taking it one day at a time"). Working in digitized watercolors, Oswald (Mingo the Flamingo) 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. Ages 4-8. Author's agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. Illustrator's agent: Kirsten Hall, Catbird Agency. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


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