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Sprouting with humor and engaging themes, this is the story of a bad seed that will remind young readers that it is always okay to be yourself.

A New York Times bestseller!

This is a book about a bad seed. A baaaaaaaaaad seed. How bad? Do you really want to know?

He has a bad temper, bad manners, and a bad attitude. He’s been bad since he can remember! This seed cuts in line every time, stares at everybody and never listens. But what happens when one mischievous little seed changes his mind about himself, and decides that he wants to be—happy?

With Jory John’s charming and endearing text and bold expressive illustrations by Pete Oswald, here is The Bad Seed: a funny yet touching tale that reminds us of the remarkably transformative power of will, acceptance, and just being you. Perfect for readers young and old, The Bad Seed proves that positive change is possible for each and every one of us.

Check out Jory John and Pete Oswald’s funny, bestselling books for kids 4-8 and anyone who wants a laugh:

  • The Bad Seed
  • The Good Egg
  • The Cool Bean
  • The Couch Potato
  • The Good Egg Presents: The Great Eggscape!
  • The Bad Seed Presents: The Good, the Bad, the Spooky!
  • The Cool Bean Presents: As Cool as It Gets
  • That’s What Dinosaurs Do

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062467768
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication date: 08/29/2017
Series: Food Group Series
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 4,440
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

About The Author
Jory John is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and two-time E. B. White Read Aloud Honor recipient. Jory’s work includes the award-winning Goodnight Already! series; the bestselling Food Group series, including The Bad Seed, The Good Egg, and more; the national bestseller All My Friends Are Dead; and many more popular picture books. You can visit him online at joryjohn.com.


Pete Oswald is an LA-based artist, kid lit author/illustrator, and production designer. Pete is the illustrator of the Food Group series by Jory John and the Cranky series by Phuc Tran as well as many other picture books. When Pete is not working on books, he is helping to uplift many of the most successful animated franchises as a character designer, concept artist, and production designer. Pete lives in Los Angeles, California, with his wife and two sons.

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