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One Cool Friend [Hardcover]

Toni Buzzeo , David Small
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers,US (10 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803734131
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803734135
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 28.2 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 434,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One Cool Friend Elliot, a very proper young man, feels a kinship with the penguins at the aquarium and wants to take one home with him. Full description

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By Denis Vukosav TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
"One Cool Friend" written by Toni Buzzeo and illustrated by David Small is story about a boy, his father and boy unusual pet that will delight you with its story and mostly with its style.

The main character, a boy named Elliot is a very distinguished young man, who is very polite and even wears tuxedo and tie at home.
When his father invited him to family day at the aquarium Elliot wasn't too excited though he agreed with properly answer "Thank you for inviting me".

Once they came at the aquarium, Elliot will find himself captivated by the Magellan penguins and he will asks his father if he could give him money for a penguin.
Father who thought that Elliot is going to buy a toy penguin will agree and penguin will end in his backpack, but both father and readers can expect great surprise at the end of this entertaining book...

"One Cool Friend" is a well-written piece for young readers that although simple illustrated is full of charm and intelligence.
Illustrations made by known artist David Small are made using pen and ink, color pencils and watercolor, mostly in black and white technique with a bit of colors to emphasize the importance of particular element of the story.

The children will especially be interested by unusual twist at the end of the story that is rare in children's books and this is just one of the reasons why this picture book, although simple, fully deserves all the praises assigned to it last year.
Due to all above-mentioned this beautifully imagined and wonderfully depicted book packed with humor can be fully recommended for young readers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, the coolest book! 12 Dec 2013
Format:Hardcover
ONE COOL FRIEND by very cool author Toni Buzzeo is my kind of quality book! I came across it quite by chance while browsing on Amazon. Well written. Intelligent. Simply and artfully illustrated (mostly two-tone and soft colored and somewhat reminiscent of the Eloise books), it's a real charmer.

Who is Elliot's cool friend? An honest to goodness penguin.

Elliot, a very dapper proper young man dressed in a dapper proper young man's tuxedo, is always very polite. So when his father says, "Family Fun Day at the aquarium...." Elliot, very politely says, "Of course. Thank you for inviting me."

He finds a pool full of very proper penguins at the aquarium, dressed just like himself.

"May I please have a penguin?" says Elliot to his Dad.

His Dad, eyeing the plush penguins on sale in the giftshop, says, "Sure."

"Where's your penguin?" says Dad, a little later.

"In my backpack," says Elliot. "Thanks for asking."

What a good time they have, Elliot and Magellan the penguin. They skate in Elliot's super chilled air-conditioned room; they eat Goldfish crackers and anchovy frozen pizza. But when Elliot puts Magellan in the tub, uh-oh...

"I think I'll have a bit of a soak," says Elliot's father.

Who's in for a shock? Dad, you think? No! A great surprise ending where the joke's on you. And very well done, too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars ONE COOL BOOK 7 Oct 2013
By qwerty
Format:Hardcover
A delightful story perfectly matched by cool, black and white illustrations. This one is full of wit, and understated charm, without hitting you over the head with a moral. Perfect for anyone with a soft spot in their heart for penguins, small boys, or distracted fathers.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  31 reviews
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful every single time you read it 11 Jan 2012
By Nancy Werlin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Upon first reading, you'll think the boy-and-his-pet story at the heart of the delightful ONE COOL FRIEND is driven by gentle misunderstandings between Eliot and his father -- only to get egg on your face at the last page turn. David Small's witty illustrations are a perfect match with Toni Buzzeo's deceptively straightforward text, and the two together usher the reader right down the garden path to the warm and hilarious ending. Both the text and illustrations contain "Easter eggs" that reward multiple re-readings, so this one will entertain again and again and again." (Starred review) ~ Nancy Werlin
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One more penguin book you must have 11 Jan 2012
By Marci - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Every school has the "school-wide unit", and in elementary schools in January, that nearly always involves penguins. Let's face it, aquariums, movies and sea/ocean parks have worked relentlessly to make penguins a part of every child's psyche. So, it isn't difficult to imagine that a boy would want a penguin as his personal pet. And when Elliot, a very proper, tuxedo-clad young man, visits the aquarium with his rather distracted father, it is no surprise he finds Magellanic penguins fit him to a "T".

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.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A VERY cool friend indeed ! 25 Jan 2012
By Booktoo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
One Cool Friend (Hardcover) Elliot and his father have a lot in common. Author Toni Buzzeo writes how they enjoy spending time at the local aquarium. David Small indicates through his whimsical illustrations that both are avid readers and independent thinkers.
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!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a prim, proper, and hilarious little tale about Elliot and his pilfered penguin ... 14 April 2012
By D. Fowler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Elliot was one of those boys who was very prim and proper and he looked the part. In fact, he wore a tuxedo. Yes, a tuxedo. His father sat on one edge of their very proper Victorian couch while Elliot sat on the other end. His father peered over the edge of his glasses and asked, "Family Fund Day at the aquarium. Shall we go?" Elliot answered in the affirmative. "Thank you for inviting me." NOT. It was those "kids, masses of noisy kid" outings. Once they arrived at the aquarium, Elliot's father, who was dressed in a not-so-stylish plaid casual suit, plunked himself on a bench to read the "National Geographic."

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!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautifully drawn and very charming 15 Mar 2012
By datura2002 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
One Cool Friend is a delightful story about Elliot, our buttoned-up protagonist, his dad, and Magellan (a penguin). Elliot asks his agreeable father for some money to buy a penguin. His dad assumes he means a stuffed animal, naturally. His dad might be wrong, as it turns out....

Children (or adults!) who love animals will especially enjoy it.

The illustrations (by Caldecott Medalist David Small) are beautiful. I particularly love the gridlines and graceful curves delineating the interior spaces; the cool colors and movement enhance the aquatic theme and the flow of the story.
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