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The Cool Bean

(Bad Seed #3)

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Everyone knows the cool beans. Theyre sooooo cool.

And then theres the uncool has-bean . . .

Always on the sidelines, one bean unsuccessfully tries everything he can to fit in with the crowduntil one day the cool beans show him how its done.
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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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Calista
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 isnt 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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Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
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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!
Donna Backshall
"You need a hand?"
"Yes, please"
Now that's cool.

What a cool little book. I am so happy this series exists.
Colleen
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.
Ciera
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Okay, the bean related puns and just how cool those cool beans were won me over.
Margaux
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. Theyre sooooo cool.

And then theres the uncool has-bean . . .

Always on the sidelines, one bean unsuccessfully tries everything he can to fit in with the crowduntil one day the cool beans show him how its done.

Cute picture book with the message it's cooler to be kind
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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!
Colleen
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids, picture-books, 2020
The story isnt nearly as much fun as the other two books. ...more
Angela
Kind and punny. I enjoyed Jory's fun take on the cool kids, how to help others, and be yourself.
Christopher
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.
E.
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is adorable. Do you need bean puns in your life? Yes, yes you do.
Bethe
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. ...more
Jeff
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
This is a pretty special book.
Mary
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.
Libra
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Beth
A fun book that reminds us all that we dont have to be friends with everyone but its still cool to be kind and respectful to everyone. ...more
Cheryl
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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Erino
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.

2nd Review:
After reading this book to several first and 2nd grade (US) classes, I find this book to be a good way to teach students about noticing kindness. There are a couple of pages in the book where students said to
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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.
Jess
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.
Shaye Miller
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Following Jory John's and Pete Oswald's previous books in this series, The Bad Seed and The Good Egg, book #3 is about The Cool Bean. Sometimes friendships drift apart and you might not feel like you're quite as special as you once were to past friends. But the most important lesson from this book is that being cool is about more than looking the part and hanging with the right people. It's about having empathy and lending a helping hand when someone needs it. The artist used scanned watercolor ...more
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.
MeganRuth - Alohamora Open a Book
The Cool Bean and The Bad Seed are my favorite books in this series. Personally, I'd like to forget about The Good Egg.

The Cool Bean is all about friendship and kindness. This would be a great book for a teacher or elementary school librarian read aloud.
KC
The third installment in this ongoing series. Message is great. Cliques, bullying, cool kids, fitting in, but the story is just okay.
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