One Cool Friend (Hardcover)

By Toni Buzzeo, David Small (Illustrator)
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2013 Caldecott Honor Book.
From "New York Times" bestselling author Toni Buzzeo and Caldecott Medal winning illustrator David Small, comes a cool tale about an unlikely friendship.
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... Clever illustrations and a wild surprise ending make this sly, silly tale a kid-pleaser from start to finish.

About the Author

Toni Buzzeo is the author of such books as "No T. Rex in the Library", illustrated by Sachiko Yoshikawa, "Dawdle Duckling, "illustrated by Margaret Spengler and "The Sea Chest, "illustrated by Mary GrandPre. She has previously collaborated with Sachiko Yoshikawa on "Our Librarian Won't Tell Us Anything". Toni lives in Maine, and you can visit her online at

David Small is the Caldecott Award winning illustrator of "So You Want to Be President?" by Judith St. George. He also received Caldecott Honors for "The Gardener" by Sarah Stewart and "One Cool Friend" by Toni Buzzeo. He s illustrated dozens of other award-winning books, including "That Book Woman" by Heather Henson and "The Underneath" by Kathi Appelt, and lives in Michigan with his wife, Sarah Stewart.

Praise For…

“The surprise ending has the same satisfying sensibility as Jules Feiffer’s Bark, George. A real kid charmer that will elicit ‘Read it again!’ responses.” (Starred)
-School Library Journal

"The book’s humor is built on gentle misunderstandings between father and son (when Elliot asks for a penguin, his father assumes he means a stuffed one from the aquarium gift shop). . . A boy-and-his-pet story [that's] about as sweet as it gets." (Starred)
-Publishers Weekly

"Elliot, clad in a proper black suit, discovers the perfect pet when he and his dad visit the aquarium . . . Charming illustrations [draw] the eye to funny little details . . . Highly recommended." (starred)
-Library Media Connection

“This charming picture book has many humorous details throughout, and kids will likely laugh out loud at the surprise (particularly for father!) ending.”

“Suitable for both story time and closer observation, the illustrations (including the comical Magellan) complement the child-friendly premise and will certainly attract young readers to this quirky tale.”
-Horn Book

“The comic characterizations of Elliott and his father, and Small’s lively ink, watercolor, and colored pencil illustrations […] will make this a popular choice for both reading aloud and reading alone.”

“A happy tale of domestic amity, with a well-set-up punchline.”
-Kirkus Reviews

2013 Caldecott Honor Book
2013 Notable Children's Book
New York Times Best Seller
Junior Library Guild Selection

Product Details
ISBN: 9780803734135
ISBN-10: 0803734131
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Date: January 10th, 2012
Pages: 32
Language: English