Friday, June 28, 2013
One Cool Friend
Author: Toni Buzzeo
Illustrator: David Small
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Year: 2013
Location: Knox County Public Library- Lawson McGhee
Awards: Caldecott honor, Publisher's Weekly and School Library Journal starred reviews
Summary: Elliott is a "proper young man" in a tuxedo who reluctantly agrees to go to Family Fun Day at the aquarium. Then he discovers the penguins in their tuxedos and he decides to take one. After creating a frozen pool in his room, he goes to the library (where the librarian is oh so helpful, of course!) and gathers supplies. Eventually, his dad finds out and the reader thinks Magellean will be returned to the aquarium, but will he? The ink, watercolor, and pencil illustrations really add whimsy to the clever text, and layout includes the perfect use of speech bubbles.
Classroom Ideas: The twist at the end of this book would be great for kids to talk about plot and predictability in their own writing.