The Bad Seed
Author: Jory John
Illustrator: Pete Oswald
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2017
Source: Public Library
Sunflower Seed (my name for the seed) is a baaaad seed. All the other seeds are afraid of him. He’s always late, doesn’t wash his hands or feet, cuts in line, and never listens.
Why is he so bad? Well, there has been some real tragedy in Sunflower Seed’s life. Once he was part of a happy family. Then his sunflower home drooped and he and his family were packed away in darkness. The next thing he knew he was heading down the gullet of a sunflower-munching giant! He survives due to a lucky spit, but Sunflower Seed is certainly damaged by the experience. He becomes BAD.
Readers and listeners might recognize a few of our sunflower friend’s traits, but the good news is he is ready to be happy again. He’s not perfect by any means, he’s learning to make the change. It’s a nice little message for all of us.
I love the seed illustrations. There are peanuts, corn kernels, almonds, pistachios, cashews to name some of the seed friends. They are cute and really kind of funny.