The Good Egg, by Jory John and Pete Oswald

The Good Egg
Written by Jory John, Illustrated by Pete Oswald

This is such a great book! From the creators of The Bad Seed, this is the story of an egg who is always good, stuck living in a recycled egg carton with a bunch of bad eggs who aren’t on their best behavior. Then the Good Egg starts getting cracks in his shell from the stress of trying to make everything and everyone perfect. There is a wonderful illustration of the egg hooked up to a yellow IV, labeled “YOLK.” He can’t take the pressure of always being helpful, kind, and trying to fix everything. The Good Egg learns a very important lesson, that before you can fix others, you need to take care of yourself. When you don’t expect perfection from yourself, you are able to accept others as they are as well.

This book teaches an important lesson, and as an adult I found it very comforting. Children who feel pressure to always be perfect, who need to feel in control of others, who don’t want to disappoint, will be able to relate to The Good Egg. Told in an easy to understand manner, with pictures that are funny and clever, this is sure to be appealing to children of all ages.

Review by Terrie Bishop, Academy Park Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★1/2 (4 1/2 stars)
Interest Level: Grades K-6

The Good Egg
Written by Jory John, Illustrated by Pete Oswald
Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers
40 pages
Release Date: February 12, 2019
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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