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Jory John is a New York Times bestselling author and two-time E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor recipient. Jory's work includes the award-winning Goodnight Already! series, the bestselling Terrible Two series, the recent picture books Penguin Problems and Quit Calling Me a Monster!, and the national bestseller All my friends are dead, among many other books. He lives and works in Oregon, where he tries to be a very good seed, indeed. Pete Oswald is a painter, illustrator, and filmmaker. He is the co-creator of Mingo the Flamingo. Pete worked as a character designer and concept artist on the popular films Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and Hotel Transylvania. His short film The Story of Walls earned him an Annie Award nomination. He was the production designer of The Angry Birds Movie. Pete lives in Santa Monica, California, with his wife and two sons. You can visit him online at peteoswald.tumblr.com.

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This is a gentle, sweet story of how generosity and kindness are the true qualities to champion, and offers a great example for young readers and an important reminder for older readers. A strong addition to any collection. -- School Library Journal (starred review)
Witty wordplay ("I was officially a has-bean") and silly gags in the digital and watercolor illustrations (The Great Gatsbean, A Midsummer Night's Bean, Leguma Beach) help downplay the didacticism and up the cool factor. -- Horn Book Magazine
Cool beans indeed. -- Kirkus Reviews
Oswald's pipe-stemmed limbs, googly eyes, and accessories give these anthropomorphic legumes lots of personality. -- Kirkus Reviews
John's good-hearted text makes [hay] with the bean puns... -- Kirkus Reviews
as character-driven, pun-filled, and hilariously illustrated as its predecessors. -- Booklist
The last line [drives] the message home: all kids can be cool if they're kind. -- Booklist

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