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 Cool Bean presents : as cool as it gets (Food Group)
 Author: John, Jory

 Publisher:  Harper (2022)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 23 cm

 BTSB No: 492138 ISBN: 9780063045422
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Beans -- Fiction
 Christmas -- Fiction
 Parties -- Fiction
 Gifts -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction

Price: $19.08

Cool Bean learns the true meaning of gift-giving. Every year, each bean picks a name out of a hat to give a present to at the annual gift-exchange. When the Cool Bean picks Beanadette J., the coolest of the cool beans, he's not feeling very merry or festive--he's feeling pressure! Will the Cool Bean find the perfect gift in time for the party?

 Illustrator: Joshaghani, Saba
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.30
   Points: .5   Quiz: 517587

   Kirkus Reviews (09/01/22)
   School Library Journal (08/26/22)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 08/26/2022 PreS-Gr 3—A wonderfully written and illustrated book about Cool Bean, who is nervous about the upcoming holiday party. Every year at the party, the beans exchange gifts. This year, Cool doesn't know what to get the bean he selected; he doesn't have the money to buy her something, and he is unsuccessful in finding her a gift. So Cool paints her a picture. He is nervous that he will be laughed at for making his gift and not buying it. But Cool is surprised when everyone loves the gift he made, and he even gets a gift that someone made for him. This wonderful story shows the anxieties and emotions kids and adults can face during the holidays, especially when giving gifts. John does an excellent job describing all the emotions that the beans go through, and Oswald is just as amazing showing the emotions of the bean characters. The beautiful and descriptive pictures are detailed but not super complicated in nature, fitting for the age of children reading this book. VERDICT A fun book for fans of the Cool Bean series.—Dorinda Brown - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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