The Good Egg
The Good Egg

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Annotation: When the other eggs in his carton behave badly, the good egg feels that he needs to be perfect.
Catalog Number: #173014
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Illustrator: Oswald, Pete,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-06-286600-1 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-3556-7
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-06-286600-4 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-3556-8
Dewey: E
Dimensions: 28 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
In this humorous picture book, the protagonist is "a good egg," but the same cannot be said about the eleven others in his dozen. The pressure of policing everyone's behavior makes him crack (literally), so he strikes out on his own. The simple lessons in John's light-and-breezy text are useful; Oswald's textured watercolor and digital illustrations show an egghead personified, and one for whom readers will cheer.
Kirkus Reviews
Being a good egg can be eggs-cruciatingly stressful. This earnest counterpart to John and Oswald's h
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
Being a good egg can be eggs-cruciatingly stressful. This earnest counterpart to John and Oswald's hilarious The Bad Seed (2017) opens with a direct address from an oval-shaped saint to readers: "Oh, hello! I was just rescuing this cat. Know why? Because I'm a good egg." Just how good is this egg? "Verrrrrry good." Without hesitation, the bespectacled egg offers to help others with carrying groceries, painting houses, and changing tires. The good egg even tries to "keep the peace" among the other 11 eggs in its dozen, who forgo their bedtime, eat sugary cereal, and break stuff. Rotten eggs indeed! When the pressure of being good proves too much, the beleaguered egg embarks on a journey of self-care. John embeds a seed of a great idea—finding a balance between personal and social responsibility—within a rip-roaring, touching narrative. Despite his sober narrator, the author's sense of humor remains intact thanks to some clever (and punny) wordplay. Likewise, Oswald's digitally composed, bright artwork pops with rib-tickling close-ups and character-building moments. Both text and art complement each other perfectly. Too long alone, the protagonist heads back to its rowdy family, imparting a slice of wisdom to readers: "I'll be good to my fellow eggs while also being good to myself." It's an empowering moment made all the better when this good egg returns to find a rapturous welcome from the others.Eggs-quisitely excellent. (Picture book. 4-8)
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* This is another thought- and laughter-provoking morality tale from the creators of The Bad Seed? (2017). Where the bad seed went out of his way to be rude and mean, the good egg knocks himself out helping others. We meet this paragon of virtue, a speckled brown egg with enormous eyes magnified by huge round glasses, as he rescues a cat from a tree. The egg narrates his own story, telling of his many commendable deeds (the reader may suspect he's a bit of an egg-omaniac). The art, using watercolor textures and digital paint, is filled with comic detail, as in the curved piece of bacon that captures the bent form of an elderly woman whom the good egg helps across the street, or in the good egg's 11 siblings, who upend every scene they're in with their pranks. The narrator is a one-egg rescue squad and cleanup crew, until one day his brain feels scrambled and he starts to crack terally. Realizing he "can't be the only good egg in a bad carton," he leaves for some relaxation and much-needed "me time." Eventually he returns home a better egg, having learned not to be so hard on others (like his carton mates) or, more important, on himself. An enormously entertaining lesson about the perils of perfectionism.
Word Count: 542
Reading Level: 2.3
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.3 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 500400 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:1.8 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q76473
Lexile: AD510L

From the bestselling creators of The Bad Seed, a timely story about not having to be Grade A perfect!

Meet the good egg. He’s a verrrrrry good egg indeed.<u1:p></u1:p>

But trying to be so good is hard when everyone else is plain ol’ rotten.

As the other eggs in the dozen behave badly, the good egg starts to crack from all the pressure of feeling like he has to be perfect.<u1:p></u1:p>

So, he decides enough is enough! It’s time for him to make a change…

Dynamic duo Jory John and Pete Oswald hatch a funny and charming story that reminds us of the importance of balance, self-care, and accepting those who we love (even if they are sometimes a bit rotten).

Perfect for reading aloud and shared story time!

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