Monday, June 8, 2020

Margo's Musings: Can an Egg be Too Good?


We are still getting curbside pickup at our local library. This week we asked our favorite librarian to surprise us with a few books she thought we'd like. It's exciting to have a bag of books that you might not have found on your own. My little sister, Margo, and I couldn't wait to dig in and start reading.

We were thrilled to discover The Good Egg written by Jory John and illustrated by Pete Oswald.  We've read a lot of books by Jory John, so we knew we were in for a treat. When we looked at the cover Margo was obsessed with the eyeglasses.  She kept saying, "Glasses. Oh- big glasses." I have to admit the egg on the cover does look pretty cute with those spectacles on.

In the story there is an egg. He's a very good egg. It seems crazy to him that the other eggs are so reckless and misbehave all the time. No matter how much he tries to get his friends to behave, they will not listen. This causes him a ton of stress, and he starts to crack. The good egg realizes he needs to go away and be by himself. While he is gone he starts to take care of himself; even pampers himself. Being away, he misses his friends and starts to learn that he can't be responsible for their behavior. Trying to control them wasn't making anyone happy. When he rejoins his friends in the carton, he has a new attitude. Of course, he still wants to be good—but he realizes it's possible to be too good and not enjoy life.


The book has some really great messages. Sometimes we need reminders that we can't control other people and what they do. We can only control ourselves. I also think it's important to take care of our health, so that was a point that hit home with me.  The illustrations are awesome. The facial expressions on some of the eggs is priceless.  Of course, the main character wormed his way into our hearts with those big blue eyes and enormous glasses. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a good picture book. I can see it being used in school to help students learn lessons about behavior, self-care, and finding the balance in life.

The Good Egg is part of a series of books with similar titles (The Bad Seed, The Cool Bean, etc.). We look forward to checking those out as well.

Has anyone else read The Good Egg? Or have you read another book written by Jory John or illustrated by Pete Oswald? We'd love to hear your thoughts!

Happy Reading!
~F

28 comments:

  1. That sounds like an Eggcelent story, glad you enjoyed your books. Have a good week, hugs, Valerie

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    1. Valerie- Lol. It is an eggcelent story. :) ~F

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  2. It sounds like a heap of fun - with some really positive messages too.

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  3. That we can't control others is a great message. All we can control is us.

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  4. This sounds like a great book! I like the message it displays plus the rest of the books in the series! Will check them out for sure!

    betty

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    1. Betty- Enjoy. I bet your grandson would enjoy these. :) ~F

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  5. We don't start curbside pickup for a week at my library. Can't wait. This sounds like an awesome book. I'll think of getting it for my nephew as a present.

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    1. Natalie- We are loving curbside pickup. So nice! Enjoy it when it starts near you. If you end up getting it for your nephew I hope he enjoys it. :) ~F

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  6. Love Jory John's Terrible Two series, this looks wonderful as well.

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    1. Branda- I still need to read that series. Thanks for the reminder. :) ~F

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  7. I so agree! I just love the main character's big blue eyes and enormous glasses...
    This sounds excellent or should it be eggscelent!

    All the best Jan

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    1. Jan- Those eyes get me every time. :) ~F

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  8. Ooh, this one has been on my radar. I'm glad I read your review because now I know eggsactly what it's about. ;) It sounds fun--and like it would be a good one to share with kids at my school.

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    1. Dawn- I think the kids at your school will really like this one. Enjoy! :) ~F

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  9. This sounds like such a great picture book and it is adorable that Margo loved the glasses on the egg. I am so happy that local libraries have been doing curbside pick ups so people can still get some reading in. Sounds like it has a good message as well because it is so true on not being able to control other people.

    Olivia-S @ Olivia's Catastrophe

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    1. Olivia- I agree- cute and with a good message. We feel super lucky that the library is doing curbside pickup. So nice to be able to read new books each week. :) ~F

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  10. What a neat idea for a story. And those glasses. Perfect.

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    1. Beverly- Aren't those glasses the cutest! :) ~F

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    1. Romance Reader- I thought so too! :) ~F

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  12. What a lovely idea to have a curbside bag of books delivered to make sure one's entertainment is ready and waiting. While Jori John and Pete Oswald have crafted some amazing storylines - love the sound of them. Fascinating - all the best Hilary

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    1. Hilary- Getting a bag of books curbside is so fun. Of course, I do love to browse- but when we can't- this is an amazing option. I agree- the whole series of books sounds fun. Stay well! :) ~F

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  13. How cute. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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    1. Mary- It was a lot of fun. Love the illustrations too! :) ~F

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