Mister Cool (Hardcover)

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By Birdy Jones (Contributions by), Tara Lynch
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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.

Confidence? Mister Cool has it, and explains that it comes from understanding your own unique assets. His secret is being able to rely on that confidence when bullies get in his face.

In this clever story, Mister Cool shows off his tactics for turning bullies into pals: make 'em laugh, be twice as nice, and use creativity to distract them (especially good against bullies with short attention spans). In the end, Mister Cool reveals that it's having the confidence to be yourself even in the face of meanness that saves the day.

This great read tackles a topic often in the news today--bullying--from a kid's point of view. Mister Cool provides ideas for pushing back against aggressive kids without being preachy or overly earnest.His tactics for turning around tricky situations offer lessons any kid can adapt to his or her own experiences.Lively prose and edgy, vibrant illustrations make it fun to read while letting the lesson be subtle.

About the Author

Birdy Jones is video producer who loves to tell stories. She studied writing and sketch comedy at The Second City in Chicago, and while attending the Illinois Institute of Art, she taught art to underserved kids. Inspired by these experiences and the example of her nephew, diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, whose good humor in the face of adversity never fails, she created Mr. Cool. Birdy is an active member of the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Birdy has also co-­authored and self-­published a Harry Potter-­-themed parody,The Unofficial Harry Potter Insults Handbook: 101 Comebacks for the Slytherin in Your Life. She lives in Atlanta, GA. Tara D. Lynch is an illustrator and founder of HOTBOX, a mobile art gallery that showcases work from Chicago's contemporary and public art scene. Tara graduated from the Illinois Institute of Art, and has worked in advertising and graphic design, where her clients included Nike, AT&T, and Kellogg. She lives in Chicago.

Praise For…

***Named an Anti-Bullying Book of 2014 by Publishers Weekly***

With its vibrant colors, diary doodles and bold confidence, Mister Cool is a cool read for cool kids!" - Tara Lazar, author of The Monstore 

"Unique, unexpected, and always charming, Mister Cool doesn't hide his idiosyncrasies. To him they are badges of honor. This fresh look on celebrating our own individuality will certainly resonate with children who may sometimes feel like they are on the outside looking in -- which is to say, all children, and likely some adults as well!" - Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen (author of Duck, Duck, Mooseand many others)

"From the very first page of this hilarious picture book, I giggled, chortled, chuckled, and may have even snort laughed (but only in the coolest way). And the last page? A big ol' "AWWWWWWW!!" bubbled up and spilled out. Ms. Jones' witty and super-fresh text is paired with page after page of equally perfect illustrations. Mister Cool is cooler than cool - and I want to be like him when I grow up." - Donna Earnhardt (author of Being Frank)

"Mister Cool by Birdy Jones is such a delight. It's inventive and playful, while still managing to pack a beautiful, but never didactic, message of inner-confidence. This fun book has encouraged me to find my own inner cool and I'm certain will do the same for many, many children!" - Jasmine Warga (author of My Heart and Other Black Holes)

Product Details
ISBN: 9781576877197
ISBN-10: 1576877191
Publisher: POW! Kids Books
Publication Date: January 6th, 2015
Pages: 32
Language: English