Jory John is a 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 Terrible Two series; the recent picture books Penguin Problems and Quit Calling Me a Monster!; and the national bestseller All My Friends Are Dead, among many other books. He lives in Oregon. You can visit him online at www.joryjohn.com. Pete Oswald is a painter, illustrator, and filmmaker. He is the illustrator of the first three books in the Did You Know? series. Pete worked as a character designer and concept artist on the popular films Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and Hotel Transylvania. His short film The Story of Walls earned him an Annie Award nomination. He was the production designer of The Angry Birds Movie. Pete lives in Santa Monica, California, with his wife and two sons. You can visit him online at peteoswald.tumblr.com.
"The BEST read-aloud book of the year...Seriously." -- Mel Schuit, Let's Talk Picture Books (blog) "This is kid-book humor at its best, both warmhearted and frisky-the kind that leaves adults, too, cracking up and grateful." -- New York Times Book Review â "This is a story that opens up dialogue about our reactions to life experiences, the consequences of our choices, and the chance to make a change for the better." -- School Library Journal (starred review) â "This charmingly illustrated book would be a comical read-aloud and useful for class or family discussions about manners, behavior, and reputation." -- School Library Journal (starred review) â "Young readers will find the list of all the seed's offenses amusing, and the illustration of the flies and stench surrounding him (he never washes his hands or feet) is sure to elicit laughter." -- School Library Journal (starred review) â "Even the very youngest can follow along as the pictures provide evidence of the seed's bad behavior and the reactions of those around him." -- School Library Journal (starred review) "John gives the seed a sympathetic backstory (packaged as a snack food, he barely escaped being eaten) that, along with his eventual determination to change his stripes, should keep readers engaged." -- Publishers Weekly "Working in digitized watercolors, Oswald makes this antihero's angst vivid and touching, and the world the seed moves in-a metropolis populated by seeds that include peanuts, coconuts, and corn kernels-adds a playful counterpoint of background detail and comedy." -- Publishers Weekly "The watercolor illustrations provide plenty of comic effect." -- Booklist "Young readers will enjoy watching the dramatic seed intimidate his nervous neighbors, and might not even realize they're learning a lesson about good behavior in the process." -- Booklist "Oswald's illustrations of seeds, legumes and nuts match John's silly, appealing story." -- St. Louis Post-Dispatch