AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!
The “too-cool-for-school” third picture book from the #1 New York Times bestselling creators of The Bad Seed and The Good Egg, Jory John and Pete Oswald
Everyone knows the cool beans. They’re sooooo cool.
And then there’s the uncool has-bean . . .
Always on the sidelines, one bean unsuccessfully tries everything he can to fit in with the crowd—until one day the cool beans show him how it’s done.
With equal measures of humor, wit, and charm, the #1 New York Times bestselling duo Jory John and Pete Oswald craft another incredible picture book, reminding us that it’s cooler to be kind.
Check out Jory John and Pete Oswald’s funny, bestselling books for kids 4-8 and anyone who wants a laugh:
The Bad SeedThe Good EggThe Cool BeanThe Couch PotatoThe Good Egg Presents: The Great Eggscape!The Bad Seed Presents: The Good, the Bad, the Spooky!The Cool Bean Presents: As Cool as It GetsThat’s What Dinosaurs Do
Among all the beans at Beanside Elementary School, three are cooler than the rest, according to an endearingly geeky narrator. Though the beans all came from the same pod, they grew apart as the Cool Beans became cool, and the narrator, well, didn't: "I started thinking of myself as just a common bean with no special skills," he says. "I'd never be a cool bean." But when the narrator finds himself in some potentially humiliating circumstances dropping his lunch tray, crying on the playground, spacing out in class the Cool Beans step up and help. It's not a flashy sort of kindness; there's a wink, a nod, a much-appreciated dusting-off. But it makes the narrator feel supported: "Somebody had my back. Or... a few somebodies." This feeling engenders a growing confidence that helps him realize that he can make a difference through small acts of generosity, too. This offering from the creators of The Bad Seed and The Good Egg creates endearing characters in both the charismatic Cool Beans, with their swagger and sunglasses, and the less self-assured, roly-poly narrator. Avoiding overly heavy messages about kindness, this story, with its easygoing empathy (and very silly bean-related wordplay), feels like a heartfelt conversation among equals. Ages 4 8.