The Bad Seed (The Bad Seed, #1)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Great Story of Coping & Hope
This is a cute book to help kids deal with trauma. It helps illustrate healing with the growth of coping as a little seed progresses through natural stages of anger, hurt, isolation, and resentment to come out understanding how and why to grow past it.
Definitely for older kids – middle grade level – this book creates a good place for parents & caregivers to open a conversation. It helps show how one’s emotions can control their behavior, ultimately affecting those around them. It also shows how changing your ways not only changes others views, but your views of yourself and helps you to become healthier.
Great illustrations. Adorable – they were fitting and helped soften the intense topic.
A necessary book to help kids deal with difficulties without being judgmental – just explaining cause and effect. Well done!!
The Bad Seed (The Bad Seed, #1)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A great lesson for kids
What an adorable way to teach kids how to appreciate self-care and reduce stress. It’s a good lesson as to what can happen when we try to shoulder the worries of the world without remembering our own needs. It’s about balance.
It would have been nice if the author made it more clear that it was the good egg’s perception of his friends that helped him realize they weren’t as bad as they used to be as much as their maturity. I think how, and why, they changed was missed. Otherwise, the story was flawless.
The art is fantastic. I love this book and the series. I’ll definitely be gifting these books to the young readers in my life!
The Cool Bean
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Beautiful Story
What a lovely book! The story is a great way to help kids understand what’s really “cool,” and what real friendship looks like. It also teaches them not to assume things.
I like that the “change” in the story was in the way the protagonist saw himself and how he fit into his world. I think that’s an important point to highlight to kids – how you see yourself makes the real difference. This book showed the bean’s confidence he when he changed his outlook.
Really great illustrations. I love this series. I love the simple and cute concepts that bring discussions of such crucial topics.
The Couch Potato (The Bad Seed, #4)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Poignant For How Profound It Is
This was a great lesson for kids about balance.
A profoundly appropriate story for the time in which we live, this book reminds kids to get outside. So many are dependent – and addicted to – technology. It’s a lovely tale showing kids that your devices can’t be all there is to life – there’s more to living than virtual realities.
I love the word play and artwork. It is appropriate and enjoyable for all age readers – parents reading to little, tots not yet independent readers, and middle grade book lovers. Definitely a great story that has universal appeal and meaning!
The Smart Cookie (The Bad Seed, #5)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My Favorite In The Series
This was wonderful. Of course, the artwork was fantastic, as always, but the writing was great. I chuckled at the puns and word use… and what a lovely lesson.
The smart cookie is very positive. It teaches kids that you don’t have to be perfect to be intelligent, and that you don’t have to be good at everything to feel confident. We’re all special in just the right way.
I will definitely be investing in this series for my grandkids!
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