How To Be Cooler Than Cool by Sean Taylor

I’m not sure what the temperature has been like where YOU live, but in Oklahoma? It’s been HOT.

Let’s cool off with a cooler than cool book, shall we?

First, let’s talk about this cover.

It’s cool, right? Check out those stances! Check out those sunglasses! Check out those fringe-y pants on a pig! Bravo, Jean Jullien, bravo.

The book description from Candlewick? Also, cool.

Look what Cat found on the playground! Sliding backward down the slide in these sunglasses is sure to make her look cool with extra cool on top . . . uh-oh! Of course, Cockatoo’s dancing on top of the seesaw wearing the glasses will definitely make him too cool for school . . . oh no! How about Pig’s standing up on the swing in the coveted shades? Drawn in by the silly story and the bold, graphic illustrations, kids will laugh out loud at the comeuppance of the animal poseurs and cheer for the savvy little chick who shows that coolness comes from just having regular old fun.

Even the book’s dedications are cool. Evidence:

I don’t know who Ada, Lou, and Hugo are, but my guess? They are cool.

I hereby give you a few of the cool spreads:

Three cool facts about this book according to yours truly:

  1. This book is funny.
  2. This book is fun to read aloud.
  3. This book celebrates just how cool it is to be yourself.

Three cool links:

How to Be Cooler than Cool – Q&A with Sean Taylor

Sean Taylor’s Picture Book Writer’s Checklist

Sean Taylor’s Tips on Writing for Young Children

And check out the back cover.

If that’s not cool, I don’t know what is.

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Tammi Sauer

Tammi Sauer, a former teacher and library media specialist, is a full-time children's book author who presents at schools and conferences across the country. Getting kids excited about reading and writing is Tammi's passion. Her other passion is mango tea. In addition to winning awards and garnering starred reviews, Tammi's books have gone on to do great things. Nugget & Fang was made into a musical that toured the nation. To date, the show has been performed more than 150 times. Wordy Birdy was named a Spring Kids' Indie Next pick, a Bank Street College Best Book of the Year, an Amazon Best Book of the Month, and a Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Month. Your Alien, an NPR Best Book of the Year, was released in Italian, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, and French which makes her feel extra fancy. Tammi's latest books include Nugget & Fang Go to School, The Farm that Mac Built, and Not Now, Cow. There are many more books on the way. To learn more about Tammi, visit her site at


  1. Looks like a fun book. Who would have thought about a book about animals wearing sunglasses? COOL!

  2. Debra Kempf Shumaker

    This looks like such a fun book! Can’t wait to find a copy.

    PS: We dropped off my son at the University of Oklahoma a few weeks ago for his freshman year and every day I get a text about how unbearably hot it is out there, LOL.

  3. Sheri Delgado Preston

    Super fun book. And totally cool!

  4. Looking forward to reading this fun book!!

  5. Can’t wait to read this one! 🙂

  6. Ah simple joys! Thanks for putting the spotlight on this cute book, Tammi.

  7. So fun ! Thanks for the post!

  8. Looks like a fun one that maybe begs to be read aloud by someone wearing sunglasses!

  9. I know I need a copy of this book. I definitely want to be cooler than cool!

  10. Well, that’s a COOL book! Love it! Thanks, Tammi.

  11. Looks fun! Thanks, Tammi!

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