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Book Review: The Cool Bean by Jory John, Illustrated by Pete Oswald

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Cover of The Cool Bean by Jory John and illustrated by Pete Oswald
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Genre: Picture Book
Series: Bad Seed #3
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: 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.


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Another great read from Jory John and Pete Oswald!

I adored the main character before I even started reading. Just look at the lil bean’s stylish blue tie! But compared to his estranged friends – the “cooooool beans” – lil bean is eh. The bean clearly misses its friends who unexpectedly changed and they no longer hang out – so sad!

The Cool Bean is a tale as old as time that’s hard to process sometimes. Friendships change, people change, and sometimes you just grow apart. Then there’s the overwhelming challenge of trying to fit in to not be alone. Readers will connect with the bean on a personal level to what the bean is experiencing. That’s what makes this story (and series) so good, fun to read, and accessible.

I really loved the illustrations and colors used. I thought it was funny when the bean was reading “The Great Gatsbean.” The end of the story made me so happy, too.

The Cool Bean was adorably cool and reminds us that the coolest thing you can be is yourself.

More by Jory John

Bad Seed
The Bad Seed (#1)
The Good Egg (#2)