I understand that the idea author would like to express is that people should be expect others or themselves to be perfect. But I honestly think it is so easy for kids under 10 to misunderstand the true idea of this book. Kids may think that they should be silent when they are treated unfairly. Overall, it is a good book, but parents should be careful explaining the idea when read the book to their kids.
Thanks to Jasmine for recommending this amazing storybook! I love Jory John! Can I give this book eleventy-billion stars? The scene where the Good Egg is at a spa with cucumber slices on his eyes, relaxing...it gave me the best laugh. I am so excited to read this in storytime!
Other readers have observed that Egg goes back to an abusive situation. I disagree. I don't even think he left a situation you could call abusive. The story is really about a guy -- an egg -- who tries to be perfect and tries to make up for his friends' imperfections and bad behaviours. If you are an anxious personality, as is Egg, then you have an immense sense of responsibility and over-worry about everything being "right." Is that the fault of the people around you? No. It's not the fault of Egg's friends either. He leaves the situation, self-reflects and returns with an arsenal of knowledge about self-care.
To me, the story is a success because it may illustrate to children one of the FIRST steps in avoiding bad situations and bad people. Egg's friends aren't bad, but provide us with a good lesson about setting parameters and limits for OURSELVES. It's about responsibility. Not bullying. Not abuse.
Great story. The illustrations are hilarious.
Thank you to my friend and colleague @jasminestea for recommending it.
As other reviewers have commented, this is a fun book with a strange resolution. The Good Egg decides to leave his cartoon of ill mannered eggs, is told to relax (nobody is perfect) and then returns to the abuse he suffered before. An odd lesson for children that good behavior isn't rewarded.
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.
bchandrakanth thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 7
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