The Good Egg

The Good Egg

eBook - 2019
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When the other eggs in his carton behave badly, the good egg feels like he needs to be perfect.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062958372
0062958372
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 volume (unpaged)) : color illustrations
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Additional Contributors: Oswald, Pete - Illustrator

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IndyPL_JosephL Mar 14, 2019

Much like "The Bad Seed," Jory John and Pete Oswald's new book "The Good Egg" is a bit of an odd duck. Where the first was really fun for both kids and adults and served as a good behavioral lesson kind of book, I don't think this one meets up to those same standards. Following the tale of a self-proclaimed "good egg" in a carton of not-so-good eggs, the story tells a weird, roundabout lesson that maybe it'd be best for "perfect" people to chill out a little, a concept no child is going to understand and a lesson that's only applicable to older kids. Bordering on being an adult conceit, the story has our "good egg" go on a personal journey of discovery and take a few "personal days" to mend the cracks in his shell born of all the pressure he put on himself. While this might be an important lesson for some adults, particularly those with OCD and anxiety, no child will understand what this egg is doing or why. What's worse, this is a lesson that could easily be twisted into a statement that working to be better is a bad thing and that we shouldn't encourage others to be better.

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