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The Cool Bean

(Bad Seed #3)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  811 ratings  ·  149 reviews


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
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published December 3rd 2019 by HarperCollins
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Sheri I would read it K-3 to class group and discuss what they liked and didn't like and how they felt for the bean. And talk about feelings and if they…moreI would read it K-3 to class group and discuss what they liked and didn't like and how they felt for the bean. And talk about feelings and if they liked the story.(less)
Sheri Picture books are written and intended for 4-8 year olds but it could be used to start discussion in any elementary grade.

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This story is about cliques and being in one or not in one and feeling alone. Everyone in the school knows the cool beans, they are the coolest beans around. But butterbean just isn’t cool and he used to hang in the same pod with the cool beans only a year ago. Now, he feels lonely and different. But they each show him a kindness and he realizes they are still friends. He begins to find himself.

I am a huge fan of Jory John and his work. I love this book. Super Fun.

The nephew thought this was a
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I would happily read this to anyone in a heartbeat, whether the physical or audio editions. The quick tale about a bean who wants to be like their friends, however, lots of mishaps happen along the way. Good messages about being kind and acceptance here!
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book about friendship and what is important. Jory John is doing a really good job with these books (The Bad Seed and The Good Egg) and the illustrations are perfect.
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Okay, the bean related puns and just how cool those cool beans were won me over.
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This little Garbanzo sees the cool beans as different from himself, until he notices that what makes them cool is how nice they are to their fellow beans.
Tara Strosnider
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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.

Cute picture book with the message it's cooler to be kind
Chance Lee
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-it
Charming illustrations and thoughtful story I've come to expect from this series of books that includes The Bad Seed and The Good Egg. A good mix of puns for kids -- beandages for a scrape, Ray-Bean sun shades -- and for older readers -- The Great Gatsbean and Leguma Beach are two of my favorites. Encourages the reader that kindness is the coolest, but when this message is wrapped up in a story with characters and charm, it escapes the trap of "kindness porn" that is glutting the market these ...more
Theresa Grissom
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My favorite yet!! I love this series!
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books, kids, 2020
The story isn’t nearly as much fun as the other two books.
Kind and punny. I enjoyed Jory's fun take on the cool kids, how to help others, and be yourself.
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
From the same folks who brought us The Bad Seed and The Good Egg comes The Cool Bean. This addition to the anthropomorphic food books of Jory John falls more in line with the former rather than the latter because, well, it is good. It's a relatable and positive story for kids that has colorful art, the right amount of puns, and a lesson worth learning--even if it is taught by a garbanzo bean.
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is adorable. Do you need bean puns in your life? Yes, yes you do.
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
So cool that the main character is a garbanzo bean! Love how kindness comes from unexpected places - great example for all the kids who think they are the “cool beans”.
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
This is a pretty special book.
This book cleverly explores the perceptions students have of each other and themselves--cool and un-cool. Can these divisions ever be crossed? Kindness leads the way. Recommended for all elementary grades.
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A fun book that reminds us all that we don’t have to be friends with everyone but it’s still cool to be kind and respectful to everyone.
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked The Bad Seed and The Good Egg better but this is still an excellent addition to the set. Like the others, it addresses emotional health in an effective way, this time by exploring the universal experience of broken friendships.
Anna W.
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic Jory John book. This is my favorite of The Bad Seed and The Good Egg, which are similar in theme. However, this book contains a wonderful message about kindness. I cannot praise John's book enough, and this is a fantastic addition to the other books too.
Abby Johnson
What does it feel like when your best friends have moved on from hanging out with you and are now the Cool Beans in school while you're just a nobody bean? This is a really cute and punny picture book about the trials and tribulations of friendships and the difference that a small act of kindness can make. I love all the cute little puns in the illustrations (like the package of BEANdages for a scraped knee).
Ellie Labbett
Totally hilarious and relatable for children. A story that perfectly summises social hierarchies with children and even adults! John and Oswald remind us that fear and possible avoidance of those that appear to be 'cool' does not have to be common place, and often a lack of confidence can perpetuate these perceived differences. A lovely message that kindness and care for others are qualities to be sought after, not social status.
Dec 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-booklist
Still not better than the Bad Seed, but it has a nice message. These books are cute.
df parizeau
Nov 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Love me some Jory John. Super cute and fun to read aloud as you'd expect, though I still think the Good Egg is the best, so far.
Allyson Jordan
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Candace Worrell
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is required reading for every middle schooler. It captures the angst that one feels by being on the peripheral of the cool kids, especially when you were once friends with those kids and not sure how exactly you drifted apart.

It is also a great lesson about how small acts of kindness can make a big difference in how others feel. It takes such little effort to make other people feel at ease and welcome--a smile, a helping hand, an invitation to join.
The Cool Bean (Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, December 3, 2019) written by Jory John with illustrations by Pete Oswald
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In the beginning there were four beans in the pod but three of the four became "cool" beans able to do "cool" things. The fourth was feeling like there was nothing special about him. One day, this all changed when he learned no gesture is too small when done in kindness. In a word---excellent.

My full recommendation:
This fun picture book is a follow up to Jory John's other popular books, The Good Seed and The Bad Egg. It tells the story of a little bean that longs to be like the cool beans of his school. The little seed used to be good friends with the cool beans, but for some reason doesn't hang out with them anymore. After a while, he starts to feel like he isn't good enough to be around them. A few kind acts from the cool beans helps the little bean realize that they can be good friends after all. This ...more
Jan 04, 2020 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars

I liked this better than John's last book; it kind of snuck up on me as I read it. Nothing BIG. Nothing grandiloquent. Just a warm, solid feeling at the end, where I thought to myself, "yep, that was solid, and I'm glad that it ended the way it did."

The Cool Beans were the way they were. The MC was the way he was. The little nods throughout were fun. Nobody was turned into a bully or a villain. And the lesson isn't pedantic or heavy-handed. Just right.
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Jory John does it again (as he did previously with The Bad Seed and the Good Egg), striking a balance between kid-friendly read-aloud and teacher-friendly morality tale. This book isn't actually about a Cool Bean--it's about the uncool HAS-BEAN, who doesn't fit in. It is kind of a weird story because at first we are set up to believe that the cool beans ditched him and make him feel bad about himself. But then it ends with the cool beans being nice to him and sticking up for him. It was weird to ...more
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it
I really need to access the target audience before passing judgement. The theme is: Kindness is cool. Does that work irl? Well, the puns and pictures work very well.

I guess I suggest reading *and discussing* this series with your children. Not in a preachy way, but ask them what they think. Ask leading questions. Especially, in Good Egg, pause in the middle and ask what the little guy should do after he's healing and when he's feeling lonely... here's hoping no child says it's ok to rejoin the
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