Title: The Good Egg
Author: Jory John; Illustrator: Pete Oswald
Number of pages: 40
Type of Book: Picture book, Fiction
Age: 4 – 8
This is a funny and insightful tale about the importance of self-care and taking things easy. The verrrrrry good egg likes for everything and everyone to be perfect. She (I liked to think of the egg as female, just because I am partial to female characters😀 ) is always ready to help anyone and everyone, she specifically says ‘… if you need any help whatsoever, I’m your egg.’ She also cleans up after her housemates who she describes as ‘not-good’ eggs because they ignore bedtime, throw tantrums, cry for no reason and eat sugary cereals (typical toddlers). Of course, she’s really exhausted every night and eventually, she starts cracking up, literally. Read the book to find out how the good egg deals with the problem of being ‘too good’
THUMBS UP AND DOWN
UP: It tickled my funny bone, I loved it. The word play was hilarious: ‘Egg was cracking up’, ‘egg’s head felt scrambled’, names of the other eggs: Meg, Sheldon, Frank😀 The illustrations were particularly funny and charming. The eggs were really cute and expressive. I really loved the good egg’s huge round frames. I loved the page where the egg was sick and took IV fluids labelled ‘yolk’❤️ I think Pete Oswald did a fantastic job with the illustrations. In fact, the two, John and Oswald make a perfect match. They have worked together on several great books: The Couch Potato, The Bad Seed. (Check them out too)
I loved the universal themes of the book: It’s OK to not be perfect; we need to be as good to ourselves as we are to others; we need to take things easy and we need to take time off to cool off when things get too much.
Finally, I love that even though it’s a book for kids (a picture book) it really is wonderful for adults as well.
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HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK
- Watch a read-aloud video here:
CHALLENGE: The Good Egg
CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)
- Draw an angry egg, a happy egg and a sad egg (4 – 6 year olds)
- Find four things the good egg did to ‘relax’ in the crossword puzzle below (7 – 8 year olds)
Send your answers to email@example.com.
Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 4 – 8 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.
Answers must be submitted before 11:59 p.m. on Friday, October 25th 2020.
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