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Good Egg and Bad Apple

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Good Egg and Bad Apple

Henry Herz , Illustrations by Luke Graber

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Age level: Early Readers: Ages 5–8


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Not all the foods in the refrigerator get along like peas in a pod. The vegetables are steamed, and Bad Apple and Second Banana are the problem. Good Egg suggests his friends try different responses to these two bullies. They try hiding, then standing their ground. At first, Good Egg’s tactics don’t bear fruit. Only by using his noodle does Good Egg avoid getting scrambled and save his friends’ bacon. In this story told on two levels, young readers will be entertained by the hijinks of the anthropomorphic food characters and will appreciate the allegory about not letting one bad apple spoil the bunch. Adult readers are served plenty of food for thought with hilarious gastronomical idioms and puns. An author’s note explaining all the wordplay adds English language educational opportunities.

Size: 7″ x 10″ | 18 color illustrations | 32 pp
ISBN13: 9780764356032 | Binding: hard cover


Henry Herz earned an engineering BS from Cornell University, an engineering MS from George Washington University, and a political science MA from Georgetown University—none of which help him write picture books. Henry authored the picture books Mabel and the Queen of Dreams, Monster Goose Nursery Rhymes, When You Give an Imp a Penny, Little Red Cuttlefish, and Cap’n Rex and His Clever Crew. He’s a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators. Henry hosts a KidLit blog at www.henryherz.com. He moderates fantasy and science fiction literature panels at San Diego Comic-Con with New York Times bestselling authors, and moderates children’s literature panels at WonderCon with Caldecott, Newberry, and Pura Belpre Honor-winning authors and illustrators.