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The Good Egg

(Bad Seed #2)

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In this follow-up to Jory John and Pete Oswald’s popular picture book The Bad Seed, meet the next best thing: a very good egg, indeed!

The good egg has been good for as long as he can remember. While the other eggs in his carton are kind of rotten, he always does the right, kind, and courteous thing. He is a verrrrrrry good egg indeed! Until one day he decides that enough i
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Hardcover, 36 pages
Published February 12th 2019 by HarperCollins
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Calista
We loved this book in our house. There were lots of things to laugh at. All the eggs in a carton had some funny faces and the niece and nephew laughed and laughed at all the rhyming names. There is also a picture of the egg escorting an old granny bacon across the street and they laughed at that. Eggs were in the toilet and sliding down stairs. I kept pointing out all the things happening in the book that both kids do. We laughed.

The good eggs lives with 11 other bad eggs and they stress him out
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Kendall
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
This book teaches kids that you don't always have to be perfect, but doesn't teach them that they don't have to put up with being bullied and taking loads of shit from their "friends". Seemed to me like Egg settled because he was lonely and kids need to know they don't have to settle or give in. Loved the illustrations. ...more
Dave Schaafsma
My family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books every year. This is book #6 (of more than 20) of 2019, and we were all over the map on this one, from 1-4.5 stars. A sequel to The Bad Seed?

Lyra (12): 4. Treat people the way they want to be treated! Yeah! I like the cute eggs.

Hank (13): 1. The "good," unrunny eggs.

Tara: 4. Cute. But he should not have gone home.

Harry (14): 4.5. Good drawings, and I agree with Mom. [sure, because he's the oldest!]

Dave: 2. I thought it was just okay
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La Coccinelle
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Having read The Bad Seed last year, I was eager to give The Good Egg a try. I actually like this one a little more than its predecessor... mostly because I can really relate to the main character!

The good egg is verrrrrry good. He's a perfectionist... but it doesn't extend just to himself. He gets annoyed by the other eggs in his carton (who have amusing names; I won't spoil that for you) when they don't live up to his standards. So he decides to strike out on his own. After taking some time
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Sara Grochowski
I really identify with this little egg.
Rod Brown
Nov 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
Goodreads Choice Awards Project: Read as many of the opening round Best Picture Book nominees as possible. 11 to go!

I thought Humpty Dumpty already proved that eggs make lousy protagonists. Our ovoid hero has fallen in with a carton of bad eggs. He goes on a quest to become okay with the fact that you cannot change other eggs, only your attitude toward them. He then returns to the carton to eat their shit for the rest of his life. End of story.

Abusive relationships are okay? Not a moral I'd want
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Deborah
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5. Cute. How a good egg rose above the carton of a dozen bad eggs. After cracking up, he leaves to find himself and to appreciate his fellow eggs.
melhara
While I thought the illustrations were cute, I wasn't completely sold on the story line (or the fact that the 'Good' Egg is any good at all).

The 'Good' Egg is surrounded by bad eggs and is essentially bullied into running away from home. But he finds living alone to be far too lonely so he goes back home to find that his family misses him and that it's OK for them to continue treating him like crap because you can't control everything around you.
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robyn
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book had the chance to really be something but instead it took the easy way out. Changing our behavior and taking care of ourselves is great, but continuing to be bullied and used by bad people for their own entertainment is not, especially if THAT is the reason you have to take extra care of yourself. The Good Egg doesn't do his fellow eggs any favors and neither does this book. It also implies that you to go away and be alone to take care of yourself. While a good option, it doesn't take ...more
Abigail
Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Good Eggs Who Worry Too Much About What Others Are Doing
Shelves: picture-books
Author Jory John and illustrator Pete Oswald, who previously collaborated on The Bad Seed , join forces again in this entertaining new picture-book. The eponymous Good Egg, having been virtuous and well-meaning from the first moment of his existence, finds life with the other eleven eggs in his carton rather rough. Eventually going off on his own, when his efforts to make the other eggs be good lead only to stress, and the development of cracks in his shell, he learns to decompress and take c ...more
Cassie
Mar 25, 2019 rated it liked it
I remember a few years ago a parent asked me for books for a 7 year old about being a perfectionist and anxiety about others being less than perfect. This would have been a great story for that kid! Egg is so sweet and well-meaning and drawn so adorably.

The only thing that bothered me is that it appears that he becomes ok with being treated badly by the other eggs. They look like such jerks and I just wanted him to ditch them and find a better group of friends! Otherwise I think it's a great st
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Tina
Nov 29, 2019 rated it liked it
A cute story about the life of a good egg! The author has also written "The bad seed" in the same fashion. The illustrations of both books are sweet and fun. ...more
Brittany
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this one so much!! Such a great lesson in here!! ❤️❤️
Krista
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s
I thought the illustrations were amazing, but something about this book left a bad taste in my mouth. I think that while I appreciate the good egg leaving, taking time for himself, and healing, I didn't appreciate him returning to the bad eggs, where he's seemingly abused all over again. Maybe I'm taking it too seriously, but it felt as though the message was twisted from "perfectionism isn't always the way; self-care is important too" to "I've changed and taken better care of myself, but I'm lo ...more
Sara
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Bad Seed was pretty good but The Good Egg was absolutely amazing!! I wish I had read this when I was a kid because I was high strung as heck and could have used the message that it's okay not to be perfect all the time.

ps. The views expressed in this review are my own and do not reflect the views of Indigo Books & Music Inc. or any of its subsidiaries.
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Christine (Tina)
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wonder-years
Being perfect is overrated...and puts one under a pressure-cooker until...crack, your shell is showing a bit of wear & tear. It was great reading this today at story time because last week we talked about how to breathe and take it easy on ourselves...which is showcased in this picture book...one good egg in a bad carton will do it to you every time.
Joshua Gross
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good little book, entertaining illustrations. An uptight busybody of an egg gets too worked up about what everyone else is doing and forgets to care for himself. A good lesson in self care and not worrying so much what everybody else is doing.
Natalie
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So this is a picture book, but it is absolutely adorable!! I also love the message. "Not everyone is perfect. And I don't have to be either." Such a CUTE picture book!! ❤️ ...more
PuPilla
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, in-english
I needed something easy and silly after the torments of Anna Karenina, and it seemed like The Good Egg might be the one for me now. ;)
And while I found it entertaining and funny, it also manages to teach a lesson about slowing down, taking care of yourself, and not letting the burdens of life and bad behaviour of others crush you. It focuses on important stuff, on a basic level.
I liked its nicely drawn images, my favourite being where the little good egg is at the doctor's, getting an infusion
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Kimberly
Oh man. This is a great book for a certain kind of kid, and hooooo boy I know some adults that would benefit from it as well!
Rebecca
Dec 08, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
I just have to note the Spanish version of this title and how it almost rhymes. Love it.
BiblioBickie
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not sure what to make of this one; it left me wondering, "what?" I don't like binary descriptions of beings as "good" or "bad"; eventually, the nameless good egg (the other eleven eggs have egg-y names or are named "Frank") decides they don't need to be perfect, just like their "friends" aren't. However, at the end, Good Egg decides they're too lonely to be away from the other eleven and returns, even though the others don't seem to treat Good Egg any better than before. Good Egg takes part in t ...more
Amy
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those titles that makes me so happy to be a children's librarian. That there are such talented authors and illustrators in the world who dedicate their time to bringing joy to children and adults through such charming works is a blessing.
Once again, I realize I am a sucker for any title with naughty characters (I love all the bad eggs in the dozen) and I adore this book. Can't wait to read it for storytime!
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Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
An egg is always good, always helping others, always doing the right thing. After a while, he begins to notice that he is starting...to...crack...up. He takes a break and feels calm and peaceful again, and he finds he can return to his life with his other egg friends.

It's a perfect story for today's overworked, always-on-alert parents and kids, complete with tips for de-stressing.
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Becky
Feb 16, 2019 rated it liked it
LOVE the illustration style. Story itself is great for a perfectionist who is trying so hard to be perfect and make everyone around them just as perfect that they are starting to, well, crack.

A healthy book... with the CUTEST egg.
Shiloah
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved the journey. Loved the message! Each year, we pick out a favorite book with a good message to buy for all kid’s birthday parties that we go to throughout the year. Last year it was the Happy Dreamer book by Reynolds. This year, 2019, we’ve decided it will be this book.
Ashlee Tominey
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I really relate to this egg. Perfectionist that starts to actually crack up takes time for himself and learns to live with the 11 other less than perfect eggs in his carton.
Punny. Lots of action in illustrations. 4.5 year old is a fan.
Woody Chichester
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love Jory John, and this collaboration with Pete Oswald is just as good as The Bad Seed. The Good Egg is a tale kids need (adults too!) Slow down! You can't change others. You can't do everything for everyone! Self care is important. Good messages all around. ...more
MaryLibrarianOH
Fun egg puns make this a great choice to share with elementary school listeners.
Jeimy
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Phenomenal picture book about the importance of self care and accepting others as they are.
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