One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo

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One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Elliot is a very proper boy. When his father proposes a trip to the aquarium, Elliot politely accepts the invitation while he would rather avoid the noisy mob of kids sure to be there. With his father distracted by a copy of National Geographic, Elliot slips away to the penguin exhibit. There he discovers one Ferdinand Magellan.

Elliot asks his father for a penguin and is given twenty dollars for a toy. Elliot, however, has other plans. He squeezes Ferdinand into his backpack and takes the well-dressed bird home. From adjusting the air conditioning to buying bags of ice, Elliot works on making his new pet comfortable at Elliot’s home while hiding the bird’s presence from his father.

The slim use of color in David Small’s sketches accent the aquarium and Elliot’s eccentric home. I enjoyed the use of speech bubbles with the dialogue in this story of father and son. The twist at the end made me laugh.

This galley was received from the publisher at the AASL convention.

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