One Cool Friend

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
4 Reviews
On a momentous visit to the aquarium, Elliot discovers his dream pet: a penguin. It's just proper enough for a straight-laced boy like him. And when he asks his father if he may have one (please and thank you), his father says yes. Elliot should have realized that Dad probably thought he meant a stuffed penguin and not a real one . . . Clever illustrations and a wild surprise ending make this sly, silly tale of friendship and wish fulfillment a kid-pleaser from start to finish.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Boy and Antarctic bird bond in a tongue-in-cheek tale keyed by artful misdirection.Drawn to an aquarium's penguin exhibit because the birds resemble his own tuxedo-wearing self, young Elliot secures ... Read full review

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User Review  - Krista Dean - Goodreads

This book had a humerus plot line and I loved that the words were written partially as a comic. This would be a great book for young readers because it distinguishes different voice and characters by ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Toni Buzzeo (, a former English teacher and elementary school librarian, divides her time between Sarasota, Florida, and Buxton, Maine.

David Small ( is a Caldecott Medal winner, National Book Award finalist, and Christopher Award winner, among other honors. The illustrator of more than forty books, he lives in southern Michigan.

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