Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Gregory Cool” as Want to Read:
Gregory Cool
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Gregory Cool

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  46 ratings  ·  18 reviews
When Gregory wakes up on his first day in Tobago with his grandparents, his heart sinks. The food is strange, the sun too hot, his cousin Lennox is on another wave length

and there are none of the televisions, video games and other high-tech gadgets that a cool city-boy takes for granted.

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 21st 1994 by Frances Lincoln Childrens Books (first published 1994)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Gregory Cool, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Gregory Cool

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 160)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Gregory was sent to Tobago to spend the summer holidays with his grandparents, whom he is meeting for the first time. His first impression of Tobago was not one of delight. It was far too hot and the food was very strange. He was not impressed with his grandparent’s house, which was really small with lots of lizards and mosquitoes. He struggled to cope with this adjustment, as he was away from what he knew without his gadgets. Lennox his cousin, tried to encourage him to join in daily activities ...more
Katie Daniel
Gregory Cool is a story of a young boy who travels to Tobago on his own to meet his grandparents. As soon as he arrives Gregory is unimpressed with island life. Having travelled alone for the first time, Gregory is nervous as he arrives and finds it difficult to settle in with his granparents and his cousin Lennox, who he is also meeting for the first time. Gregory's dismay at his grandparents' tiny house is apparent, as is his shock at there being no toys or television in his house. Everything ...more
u1124876 UEL
I just adore the pictures in this book, as you open the first page you get a crash of waves coming straight you and this image is also repeated at the end of the book. You know immediately that Gregory has gone on holiday from the illustrations in the front of the book. First you see one of him saying goodbye to his parents and then there is one of the plane landing.

After the flight the first illustration in the book of is of Gregory slumped over sitting with his Granny and Grandpa in Tobago. T
Aine Mccarthy
Gregory Cool is a book about a boy who suddenly finds himself in a brand new environment. The central character, Gregory is visiting his grandparents in Tobago. From the outset he has his suspicions about this new place, he is scared of what he will encounter and would prefer to have stayed at home. His fears are realized when he wakes up on the first morning. His grandparent's house is small, it has no toys, no books and no television. Worse still he cannot handle the stifling heat and the ince ...more
Frank A
I have used this book with a year 2 class and they thoroughly enjoy it. It is a straightforward story of a young boy who travels by himself to visit his grandparents and cousin on Tobago. At first he suffers from culture shock. The story tracks his changing attitude to his family and the island.

From a teaching perspective it is excellent resource to help the children understand a simple plot and then be confident to write their own versions of the story. It is beautifully illustrated and it can
Zainab Patel
Gregory Cool by Caroline Binch is a story about a young boy Gregory who travels to Tobago to meet his grandparents. However, once he goes to Tobago, he finds himself in a place that is very different, its too hot, the house is small; there are no toys or a television. He finds Tobago a different place and is unable to settle in, as things are different to where he comes from. As the story progresses Gregory faces new experiences and begins to change his view about Tobago and his grandparent’s li ...more
Sarah Walsh
Gregory Cool is a fabulous book written by Caroline Binch. It tells the story of a young boy who goes to visit his grandparents in Tobago. Gregory is at first overwhelmed by all the many differences there is between Tobago and his home land. He does not see the beauty in fields and empty beaches but longs for his computer games and familiar food. He furthermore cannot seem to bond with his cousin Lennox who is so happy with the simple things in life.
The book takes us on a new adventure through
Sarah Hammerton
Gregory goes to visit his grandparents in Tobago for the first time. When he gets there, he finds life is very different - it's too hot, the food is strange and there aren't any toys or games - and his cousin Lennox doesn't even seem to mind! Gregory has to learn how to adapt and enjoy his time and become 'Gregory Cool'.

This is a good story, helping children to discuss feelings about change and difference and how important possessions are to happiness. It formed part of a range of Literacy lesso
Cuong Truong
WIDER READING FOCUS: Cultural differences/Dealing with change

Gregory has just been shipped off by his parents in the UK to spend the summer with his grandparents in Tobago. In this totally different environment in which he is not used to, we learn of the surprises; the sights & sounds; the people he meets along the way and how his feelings change as he gets to know his cousin and grandparents.

A good short story to introduce kids in KS2 to cultural differences and the variations of the Englis
Alex Ferron
Gregory cool is a story about a young boy from the city who visits his grandparents in Tobago, this book can be used in literacy at key stage 2, as the children can write diary entry's and recounts etc around this story on how Gregory May feel, as he is experiencing a different culture with people that he doesn't really no.

This is a book that children can relate to as Gregory is visiting a new place and he doesn't understand the culture and it takes him to adjust just as it would for most child
Gregory thinks he's pretty cool, coming from the city to spend a month with his grandparents in Tobago and looking down on their simple lifestyle. But after a few days, he develops an appreciation for their scene: fresh coconut water, swimming with dolphins, and stars like he's never seen before. Realistic water colors make the story come alive. The font makes this feel dated.
Simon Aldous
Gregory Cool is a lovely picture book that tells of Gregory's visit to rural Tobago to stay with his grandparents and cousin, none of whom he has previously met.

Initially he is very homesick, as he is introduced to a very different life from the one he is used to, with spicy food that he doesn't enjoy, and a lack of TV or computer games. He also gets off on the wrong foot with his cousin Lennox, which makes him more miserable.

But inevitably over time he gets used to this world, has some positive
William Cotter
Gregory is just an ordinary boy who goes on holidays to his grandparents in Tobago. At first Gregory does not enjoy the holiday; it’s too hot, the food is very spicy and his bedroom is tiny.
As he spends more time in Tobago, these challenges seem to melt away and Gregory starts to enjoy his stay. Great story that explores differences in culture and how a positive experience can be had if one is willing to embrace diversity.
Deanna Donald
I think this is just a perfect book to read to students who are hesitant to try new things. Many children are never given the opportunities to explore things out of their comfort zone and when they are give a chance to do so, they do not fully enjoy it. I hope that my students are able to see that doing different things can be alot of fun and make us better people.
it was gregory cool awesome
Devin L.
A young boy goes to visit his relatives in Tobago for the first time and experiences culture shock coming from the United States.
Joya Threalkill
Loved this cute story! Makes want to visit Tobago! :)
Stephanie Mason
Stephanie Mason marked it as to-read
Sep 20, 2015
Shade Abdul
Shade Abdul marked it as to-read
Sep 19, 2015
J added it
Sep 19, 2015
Chennel marked it as to-read
Sep 19, 2015
Barbara marked it as to-read
Sep 15, 2015
Nada Dhipan
Nada Dhipan marked it as to-read
Sep 12, 2015
Carolyn Whitley
Carolyn Whitley marked it as to-read
Sep 02, 2015
JWalton marked it as to-read
Aug 19, 2015
Daniel added it
Aug 14, 2015
Nesa marked it as to-read
Aug 05, 2015
Arika marked it as to-read
Jun 26, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Silver Shoes The Princess and the Castle Read Write Inc. Comprehension: Since Dad Left Come on Into My Tropical Garden: Poems for Children Since Dad Left

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »