From ignoring their bedtime to eating sweets all the time, this is a collection of 11 "bad eggs." Then there is one: the "good egg," who would help others with their tasks and keep the peace with the others. Being the good egg is nice, but exhausting. His brain is "scrambled" and he is tired of doing things for everyone else. The doctor said he was literally cracking under the pressure of trying to be perfect. So the good egg told the other 11 he was leaving. He took time for walks, reading books, and relaxing. After a few days, he returned to his friends, but with a different attitude.
Teen Student Reviewer (13):
My Language Arts teacher assigned this book to me. I liked the book and would read it again because of its important messages of self-care and acceptance. Sometimes I, like other people, have perfectionist issues, and this book is a reminder that people aren't perfect, and those around you may not be like you, and that is OK. The author also highlighted reminded readers that taking care of your mental health is necessary. If you are always taking care of someone else but not yourself, that can become an issue. You can't care for others if you can't care for yourself.
Buy this book. I recommend it for kids in middle school. It is amazing and will always be something people need to hear. I might even buy it for family members who might struggle with the issues presented.
Young readers will like all the egg puns ... upper elementary and middle school readers will catch the message of self-care that is perfectly presented for this audience, too!
This picture book "breaks apart" an idiom and illustrates how seeking perfection can be problematic.
The themes of self-care and reflection are self-evident in the book, as are the idioms and egg-related puns. Have fun with both! Does your reader have a favorite? Can he relate to the "good egg?" Is "good" even the right name for this egg? Were the pressures self-inflicted or because of his environment? Lots to discuss.
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Teen Student Reviewer. Reviewer's Age: 13
Buy. This is a book that will grow with your reader.