Perfect Picture Book Friday! Mister Cool by Birdy Jones

9 Jan

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it has a really good message with a different take on the anti-bullying story.

mistercoolMister Cool
By Birdy Jones
Illustrated by Tara D Lynch
32 pages – ages 6+
Published by POW! on January 6, 2015

Theme/Topic- Anti-bullying

Genre- Self help

Opening and Synopsis- Opening “Don’t know if you heard… but I’m Mister Cool.”

Synopsis (publisher’s description) “The clever tactics of Mister Cool, who faces down the mean kids at school with confidence, show elementary-school age kids how to deflect bullying with humor and create friendships through kindness.”

Why I liked this book- I think that this book is a marvelous story about how to be yourself, and how to use your talents to take away a bullies’ power. It’s great how Mister Cool seems like he’s perfect at whatever he does, and while that may be true, he still gets bullied. It shows that anyone can get bullied. And using what they can do, and a witty (but kind) comeback, they can make new friends or maybe show a bully that he/she is wrong. The illustrations are funky and have a slightly abstract, notebooky kind of feel. It is very imaginative. This is a really well done book.

Activities and Resources-

Education World has a list of anti-bullying lesson plans – click HERE.

Bullying No Way! has a list of anti-bullying activities – click HERE.

You could role play with your kids and act out some of the bullying things Mr. Cool goes through (like getting tripped) and try to figure out another way to handle it (Mr. Cool breaks out into cool dance moves 😉 ).

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

28 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book Friday! Mister Cool by Birdy Jones”

  1. readingwithrhythm January 9, 2015 at 5:45 pm #

    That Mr Cool is pretty funky! Sounds like kind of a different take on bullying. But these tales are always good ones! Thanks Erik!

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  2. Patricia Tilton January 9, 2015 at 7:16 pm #

    Never enough anti-bullying books. Like that the character is so self-confidence and kind of has a plan of his own to deal with bullies. Love the quirky illustrations!

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  3. Andrea January 9, 2015 at 9:48 pm #

    Sounds like a good one!

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  4. Diane Tulloch January 9, 2015 at 10:45 pm #

    He sounds real cool, no wonder you spotted this book. From one Mr Cool to another 😉

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  5. julie rowan zoch January 9, 2015 at 11:04 pm #

    Funky, yes. And the word is so cool too!

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  6. Genevieve Petrillo January 10, 2015 at 6:25 am #

    Any new ways to address bullying is OK by me. ….or I could just bite them…. You’re welcome!

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks January 12, 2015 at 9:22 am #

      Um… I’ll just go… Over there… Yeah… Thanks?…

      Pats and scratches (and ninja skills),
      Erik
      😉

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  7. Joanne Sher January 10, 2015 at 2:43 pm #

    This one sounds great, Erik. Super find – and a MUCH-needed topic.

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  8. Stacy S. Jensen January 10, 2015 at 3:33 pm #

    Another good one. I don’t like this topic, but sadly books are needed on this subject. This looks like a gret one. Hope I can find it.

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  9. berylreichenberg January 10, 2015 at 3:40 pm #

    Bullying can come in many guises, from so called teasing to actual physical abuse. My son came home from school at lunch one day and announced he wouldn’t go back to school – EVER. It turns out that his fifth grade class had a “Master/Slave” system going and guess which one he was. I marched back to school to the principal and eventually the teacher. They weren’t aware of this “game”. Fortunately, the “game” stopped. Beryl

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  10. Jilanne Hoffmann January 10, 2015 at 5:39 pm #

    This sounds like a good one for our school. Thanks, Erik!

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  11. Sue Heavenrich January 11, 2015 at 11:40 am #

    Every school needs a mr. cool… sad that we are still fighting bullies – but sadder still that bullying continues beyond the playground and into the workplace and social media. Oh, and Eric – happy belated!

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks January 12, 2015 at 4:14 pm #

      Thank you Ms. Heavenrich! You are (sadly) right. I hope that somehow we will not have bullying in the future.

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  12. Niamh Clune Plum Tree Books January 11, 2015 at 8:24 pm #

    Really cool!

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  13. Michelle Isenhoff January 12, 2015 at 8:34 am #

    We had a picture book unit recently, and I used lots of your PPBF recommendations. 🙂

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  14. heylookawriterfellow January 13, 2015 at 9:51 am #

    I am fascinated by the way different authors tackle the subject of bullying. This title looks like one of the better ones. Gonna take a peek!

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks January 20, 2015 at 9:56 pm #

      You are right about that. Now, if every restaurant would tackle the subject of waffles… 🙂

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