My daughter adores Halloween and we did a big round-up post of all our favourite Halloween books last year. A new favourite to add to our list is: The Good, the Bad, and the Spooky by the genius picture book duo Jory John and Pete Oswald. Their wicked sense of humour makes every book a joy, but a Halloween-themed book based on The Bad Seed was too good to miss!
Like my daughter, Halloween is the Bad Seed’s favourite holiday of the year. But he is in a baaaaaaaaad mood because he is missing the all-important knock-out Halloween costume.
It’s a full-blown disaster. So, what else can a bad seed do than pretend there’s been a real disaster to postpone trick-or-treating!
As the charade goes on, we began to wonder whether Bad Seed would ever come clean – would Halloween really be cancelled? Or will Bad Seed learn an important lesson about what really matters in Halloween (and life)?
The Good, the Bad, and the Spooky had us in fits of laughter from start to finish. As always, Pete’s illustrations are oozing comical, emotive expressions and Jory has piled in the puns so effortlessly. Oh, and did I mention, there are also two (easy to detach) sheets of Halloween stickers inside the book – I mean, what more could you possibly ask for?!
Published by HarperCollins, 2 September 2021
I am very grateful to the publisher for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book. This voluntary review contains my honest opinion.