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Comments for One Cool Friend
One Cool Friend: 03/23/15
One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo is another story of a boy and a penguin. There seem to be an avalanche of these books. They all go like this: child goes on a field trip to an aquarium and for one reason or another ends up bringing a penguin home where he has to hide said penguin from his family.
It's one of many recent books involving someone smuggling a penguin home. Who started this trend? Sure penguins have been popular in children's movies in the last couple decades, but there the penguins are characters, not things to be smuggled home!
Now this takes the clichéd story and gives it a funny twist at the end. For that genre savviness, I'm rating the book above the others I've read. David Small's adorable drawings help too. He gives the boy a rather Buster Keaton-ish flare.