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Posted March 1, 2013
Cool Ending--Must Check it Out
The illustrations are unique; almost totally in black and white. The story leaves you guessing. You never know which way its' going to take you. The ending is surprising. The kids will love it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 12, 2012
Highly recommended. Lots of fun word play. Great read aloud.
This book is loaded with lots of fun word play. Our very proper and polite young main character, Elliot, is invited by his father to family day at the aquarium. Elliot is quite an explorer. Not wanting to follow the crowd, he goes off to discover penguins and is totally intrigued. He asks his father if he can have a penguin and then the real fun of this story begins. Lots of misunderstandings later the reader is delighted in a great surprise ending. This is one that will be asked for over and over. David Small's playful illustrations put the finishing touches on this great new picture book by an author who has given us so many great books to engage students in the library. Check out Toni's website for the companion theater script for One Cool Friend!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 12, 2012
One Cool Book!
What makes a great picture book? Lots of action, subtle hints of a mystery, clear compassion for others, and a story that keeps you thinking once you are through reading. That’s what Toni Buzzeo’s new book, One Cool Friend, is all about! It’s a great flip – flopping whopper of a tale! But really, it is Elliot’s lucky day. His father is taking him to the aquarium! While his father is absorbed in his National Geographic, Elliot takes off exploring. He is fascinated by the live penguins, and of course, this aquarium has a gift shop with stuffed penguins on sale today! Wait till you see what Elliot gets when his father hands him money! Buzzeo moves the story along with great action verbs, as the story knocks, skips, empties, pops, dials, drags, and more. A surprise is just beyond the door, when Dad yells, “ELLIOT!” Readers will delight at the camaraderie between father and son and be amused at what happens!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Famed illustrator, David Small, adds his winning touch to this comical story, with hints of “things to come”. The shades of blue and green, the scribbles and broken lines, and the shadows and pictures on the wall clue the reader!
One Cool Friend is useful in the classroom for teaching how to write story conversations. The illustrator uses a great technique of bubbling the conversation between father and son. Additionally, this story connects to the curriculum in the areas of geography, history, and science! Students may want to research the Magellanic Penguin and other sea creatures, as well as read about great voyages of discovery in world history.
Buzzeo’s story stimulates creative thinking! It is inevitable that the reader will begin to think, “If I could have a dream pet, it would be…” What a great writing activity or the start of a new story.
vanhookc (Teacher Librarian in Iowa)
Posted June 20, 2012
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