Cover image for The good egg / John Jory and Pete Oswald.
The good egg / John Jory and Pete Oswald.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 29 cm
When the other eggs in his carton behave badly, the good egg feels like he needs to be perfect.
Audience/Reading Level:
Interest age level: 4-8.
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A #1 New York Times bestseller!

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.

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.

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!

Author Notes

Jory John is a New York Times bestselling author of books and two-time E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor Recipient. Jory's books include the New York Times bestselling novel "The Terrible Two," the award-winning picture book "Goodnight Already!" and the national bestseller "All my friends are dead" and a sequel, "All my friends are still dead," which received the 2013 ALA Reluctant Young Readers Award. Jory's forthcoming picture books include "Quit Calling Me a Monster!" and "Penguin Problems".

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

Horn Book Review

The team behind The Bad Seed presents another humorous picture book about staying true to oneself. Our protagonist has always been a good egg, ever since his days in the carton. The same cannot be said about the eleven other eggs in his dozen: They ignored their bedtime. They only ate sugary cereal. They threw tantrums. The pressure of policing everyones behavior is enough to make someone crack (literally), and our protagonist decides to leave the farmers market and strike out on his own. All it takes is a little me-timedoing yoga (yolk-a?), painting, reading, relaxing in the spafor the cracks to heal and for the egg to realize he can be his best self (shell-f?) back at the market. Ill try not to worry so much. Ill be good to my fellow eggs while also being good to myself. Many children may know someone (or be someone) like this put-upon egg protagonist, and likewise someone like the eleven misbehavers; the simple lessons in Johns light-and-breezy text may be useful regarding everyday encounters. Oswalds textured watercolor and digital illustrations show a guileless, bright-eyed, glasses-wearing, oval-shaped character with a brown speckled shell and spindly little limbsan egghead personified, and one for whom readers will cheer. elissa Gershowitz March/April 2019 p 61(c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.