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One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo

One Cool Friend (2012)

by Toni Buzzeo

Other authors: David Small (Illustrator)

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This story is about a proper boy and his penguin. The boy gets a penguin because of a miscommunication between his father and himself, and when they are home the boy researches how to take care of penguins. Together the boy and penguin become well acquainted and are able to adjust to life in a warm house well.
This story fits neatly into the fantasy category as it is all about a boy and a real penguin that he just takes from the zoo and lives a normal life with.
  Michaiah.Annear | Feb 18, 2017 |
Genre: Fantasy
Age Appropriateness: Primary and Intermediate

A "young man" steals a penguin from the zoo and magically becomes best friends with it. This is fantasy because the boy becomes best friends with a penguin. ( )
  jessminson | Jan 23, 2017 |
Pictures are mostly black and white with just a tad of color thrown in every now and then. The story line is cute and the ending doesn't end like you think that it should. Would be a nice addition to anyone's library.
  kannefarmer | Dec 4, 2016 |
I thought this book was so cute! The story line was something I was not expecting! This story is about a boy who went to the zoo with his father and wanted a penguin. His father gave him money for a stuffed animal penguin but the boy was not on the same page as his father. This story is about the friendship between the boy and penguin. The illustrations were cool and I liked the use of speech bubbles. The speech bubbles would help with reading because it shows who is talking and what order they are talking in.
  Cameron.InouyeNg | Nov 6, 2016 |
One Cool Friend tells the story of Elliot who is a very formal young man who goes to the aquarium with his class. He takes home a penguin and then has to take care of the penguin in his house. He has to buy ice, hide him in the freezer. The book ends with a great twist when his father introduces him to the Giant Tortoise he has kept since third grade.
This picture book really shows the power of a strong ending for students. This book and a few others could be used in a unit as models of strong endings compared to overused endings such as then the character woke up from his dream. Elliot is also a very defined character with just a few lines and some illustrations. This could be used to model introducing character traits with students.
  SteveKorin | Aug 2, 2016 |
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For Ms. Joanne Stanbridge, one cool and unblinking friend,

whose love and laughter brought Magellan to his full glory. -- TB
To Edison --DS
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Elliot was a very proper young man.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0803734131, Hardcover)

When well-mannered Elliot reluctantly visits the aquarium with his distractible father, he politely asks whether he can have a penguin--and then removes one from the penguin pool to his backpack. The fun of caring for a penguin in a New England Victorian house is followed by a surprise revelation by Elliot's father.

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

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