One Cool Friend

  • Title: One Cool Friend
  • Author: Toni Bezzeo
  • Illustrator: David Small
  • Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group USA
  • Publication year: 2012
  • Brief Summary: From Penguin-“On a spontaneous visit to the aquarium, straight-laced and proper Elliot discovers his dream pet: a penguin. When he asks his father if he may have one (please and thank you), his father says yes. Elliot should have realized that Dad was probably thinking of a toy penguin, not a real one… “
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – This is not only a “fun” book in the sense that I think children would really get a kick out of Elliot’s antics, but there is some interesting tidbits of how to research in this book. Elliot goes to the library and receives the librarian’s help to learn more about how to take care of Magellan the penguin. I think this book could be useful for 1st through 3rd grade as they learn about geography and where animals such as penguins reside.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it. – One thing that is really unique in One Cool Friend is the design of the book. There is a lot of conversation between Elliot and his Dad and their conversation takes place as conversation bubbles throughout the book, much like in a comic book. This is differentiated from Elliot’s thoughts by the type of bubble present. I also really enjoyed the clever reveal at the end (I won’t spoil it!).

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