One Cool Friend
by Toni Buzzeo
My daughter and I had the great pleasure of meeting author Toni Buzzeo last week at a Young Authors Festival here in Michigan. She shared some very useful tips for young writers, and she shared a lot about her own process as an author. In doing so, we heard the backstory and the evolution of edits that yielded her newest (and wonderful) book One Cool Friend.
Elliot is an unusual boy who speaks very formally and wears a tuxedo everywhere he goes. He doesn’t enjoy the chaos of other children, but when his father suggests they go to Family Fun Day at the aquarium, he is much too polite to tell him he’d rather not. Off they go, and the adventure begins. Elliot asks his father if he can have a penguin, and his father hands him $20 to buy what he presumes is a stuffed animal. Oh no; the only stuffing involved is Elliot fitting the penguin into his backpack. Once the penguin, whom he names Magellan, is settled at home, Elliot accommodates his penguin needs with some creativity and fun. It takes a while for Elliot’s father to discover that the penguin Elliot keeps talking about is real and not imaginary or a toy, and when he does, there is a great surprise ending! [Read more...]