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One Cool Friend
by Buzzeo, Toni (Author), Small, David (Illustrator)
Elliot, a very proper young man, feels a kinship with the penguins at the aquarium and wants to take one home with him, in this mischievous tale illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Small. Full color.
Age Range: From 5 to 8
Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publisher: Dial Books, January 2012
Publisher Marketing: 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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