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Author: John, Jory
A group of too-cool-for-school beans are about to find out that it's always better to be kind.
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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.50
Points: .5 Quiz: 505496
Kirkus Reviews (11/15/19)
School Library Journal (01/01/20)
The Hornbook (00/03/20)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 01/01/2020 PreS-Gr 2—A bow tie–wearing chickpea attends school with a trio of really awesome beans. So awesome, that they are what most people would call "cool." All the beans used to be friends, but now they are seemingly too cool for the nerdy chickpea. Yet, the cool beans show that being kind and caring for others is the true way to demonstrate just how hip a person can be. The creative team behind The Bad Seed and The Good Egg deliver a comedic tale of trying to fit in among one's peers. The cool beans represent the archetypal popular kids in any school setting; they are able to play sports, rock out on a guitar, and even display the greatest art skills, making this story relatable to plenty of readers despite the picture book format. Additionally, the text is full of puns found in the tiny details on each page, which are sure to make older readers giggle, including "Leguma Beach" and "The Great Gatsbean." Younger readers will not miss out on the humor, as the illustrations are goofy and adorable. The chickpea's attempts to be cool fall flat, but after a couple mishaps, the other beans come to his aid. VERDICT This is a gentle, sweet story of how generosity and kindness are the true qualities to champion, and offers a great example for young readers and an important reminder for older readers. A strong addition to any collection.—Kaitlin Malixi, Kensington Health Sciences Academy, Philadelphia - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 02/01/2020 The third in this New York Times best-selling series is as character-driven, pun-filled, and hilariously illustrated as its predecessors. This installment deals with what it means to be cool—truly cool. The narrator, a yellowish legume with wide eyes, wispy hair, and a bow tie, is not cool. His former podmates, however, are. The three cool beans look like something out of Grease or West Side Story as they saunter down to their urban school wearing shades, one of them sporting a tight leather jacket. Oswald’s watercolor and digital-paint illustrations create an involving, relatable school atmosphere throughout. As the cool beans flourish, our uncool narrator feels isolated. Then he suffers a series of mishaps, spilling his food all over his feet in the cafeteria. The low point comes when, after being called on to read in class but not hearing the teacher, he is jeered at by the other kids. But a tiny miracle arrives with each mishap as, each time, one of the cool beans quietly rescues him from humiliation. Our bean realizes the power of kindness, which, when a tiny bean drops his books in the hallway, he puts it into action, helpfully picking up the books. The last line—“Now that’s cool”—drives the message home: all kids can be cool if they’re kind. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.