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One Cool Friend Hardcover – January 10, 2012
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STARRED REVIEW "A real kid charmer that will elicit "Read it again!" responses." School Library Journal 2-1-12
"In line with Buzzeo's elegantly spare text, Small uses neutral washes with loosely drawn lines and highlights of restrained color to depict the urbane lad and his equally dapper companion making themselves comfortably at home in upper-crust digs. A happy tale of domestic amity, with a well-set-up punchline." Kirkus 12-1-11
"Small's black-and-white line illustrations with pops of soft color are an artful blend of elegance, wit, and whimsy. They echo and complement the text and depict expressive characters, including the playful penguin." Booklist 1-1-12
"The comic characterizations of Elliott and his father, and Small's lively ink, watercolor, and colored pencil illustrations--especially those featuring the penguin (he skates with flair and looks adorable in a bike helmet en route to the library)--will make this a popular choice for both reading aloud and reading alone." BCCB 2-12
“The surprise ending has the same satisfying sensibility as Jules Feiffer’s Bark, George. A real kid charmer that will elicit ‘Read it again!’ responses.” (Starred) — School Library Journal
"The book’s humor is built on gentle misunderstandings between father and son (when Elliot asks for a penguin, his father assumes he means a stuffed one from the aquarium gift shop). . . A boy-and-his-pet story [that's] about as sweet as it gets." (Starred) — Publishers Weekly
"Elliot, clad in a proper black suit, discovers the perfect pet when he and his dad visit the aquarium . . . Charming illustrations [draw] the eye to funny little details . . . Highly recommended." (starred) — Library Media Connection
“This charming picture book has many humorous details throughout, and kids will likely laugh out loud at the surprise (particularly for father!) ending.” — Booklist
“Suitable for both story time and closer observation, the illustrations (including the comical Magellan) complement the child-friendly premise and will certainly attract young readers to this quirky tale.” — Horn Book
“The comic characterizations of Elliott and his father, and Small’s lively ink, watercolor, and colored pencil illustrations […] will make this a popular choice for both reading aloud and reading alone.” — BCCB
“A happy tale of domestic amity, with a well-set-up punchline.” — Kirkus Reviews
2013 Caldecott Honor Book
2013 Notable Children's Book
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Top Customer Reviews
After that, however, surprises, giggles and delight abound. Permission from his unsuspecting father allows Elliot to perpetrate a penguin popping adventure: into the backpack; a bedroom skating-rink; a library research visit; a mid-night freezer caper and a dip in the tub. While we fear that discovery awaits our heroes, we are not disappointed with this ending that is a discovery for us as well.
David Small's ink and watercolor illustrations compliment this quirky story with imaginative and humorous detail. And, in the end, they help us understand how much Elliot and his father have in common.
So, if your school does a Penguin Unit, or if you are driven to provide wonderful literature for your students on topics they love, this is really the must-have book this January.
In this imaginative story the speech bubbles cleverly advance the conversation between father and son. We follow Elliot, the proper young man, as he problem solves his friendship with his "one cool friend."
I love the David Small artwork with his minimal use of color, offbeat perspectives, especially the inventive facial expressions. This book could be used with an Explorers Unit, Geography, familial relationships, Habitats and a study of pets. [Which animals make the best pets and why !!!]
Toni Buzzeo and David Small together...what an energetic and creative team!
Elliot was off and running, but made sure he avoided the "mobs of kids at the Giant Saltwater Tank, Amazing Jellies Display, and Hands-on Tide Pool Exhibit." Nope, that was not for prim and proper Elliot. Instead he moved right on by them and discovered a pool of PENGUINS! Of course they were his cup of tea because they too wore "tidy black feather tuxedos" and had "proper posture." When he went back to ask his father, who was still looking at things in that "National Geographic," he asked if he could have a Penguin. Well, $19.95 wasn't too much to ask for a stuffie, but Elliot had other things in mind ...
This is a prim, proper, and hilarious little tale about Elliot and his pilfered penguin. The delightful, unexpected twist at the end will make both young and old readers break into smiles. Elliot, a boy who was up to a lot of shenanigans throughout this tale, turned out to be his father's son after all. Small's artwork was crisp, bold, and he used light touches of color (loved that suit!) with his usual aplomb. This type of tale is one that children will ask for time and time again, one that is destined to become a classic "Penguin" tale. If you're into penguins and love impish mischief makers, this one should be one your list!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We love this book. Could be used for teaching how to read speech and thought bubbles.Published 8 months ago by Eileen K. Kelly
My grandchildren and I love this book. Imaginative, fun, happy book to read over and over!!
A book to be remembered and treasured!!!
Fun book, a little over the head of my four year old great grandchild but I love it!Published 12 months ago by Anne E. Richman
Another book up for the Arkansas Diamond Award and the kids enjoyed listening to it. They especially liked the penguin!Published 15 months ago by Debra Morse
A clever story with a wonderfully wicked ending. Entertaining enough for adults, too!Published 16 months ago by Christina Baglivi Tinglof, author of Double Duty, Parenting School Age Twins & Multiples, and Chow Italy
This is a favorite!!! Wonderful book. We liked it so much we bought one for our niece and nephew too.Published 18 months ago by Chiefnole