How to Be Cooler than Cool

By Sean Taylor

Illustrated by Jean Jullien

A laugh-out-loud page-turner from a brilliant author and illustrator team.

Praise for Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise: "This is the funniest picture book I have read in a long time" David Walliams Cat has found a pair of sunglasses. She thinks they are going to make her look COOL. “I’m not just any old cat at the playground," she says. "I’m a real cool cat, gliding backwards down the slide, looking cooler than cool ... WITH EXTRA COOL ON TOP!” She pops on the glasses … confidently struts forwards and – Meooaaaooow! – falls down the slide. Oh, how UNCOOL. Can Pig or Cockatoo do any better? From the team behind Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise and I Want to Be in a Scary Story comes a gloriously slapstick title that celebrates friendship, play and being yourself (no matter how goofy).

Categories: Picture Books

For readers aged: 3+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406394429
  • Published: 05 May 2022
  • Price: £7.99
  • Size: 288 x 248 mm
  • Pages: 40

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Customer reviews


'For the child worried about keeping up playground appearances, How to Be Cooler than Cool by Sean Taylor is a reminder that the coolest thing is to be yourself.' The Daily Telegraph

'Featured in The Bookseller's May Previews 2022.' The Bookseller

'My 5 year really likes this book. He was laughing all the way through. The illustrations are nice. My boy loved looking at the pictures.' Toppsta

'How to be Cooler than Cool is a simple story with an important, positive message about self-image, told with lots of humour and colourful, engaging illustrations. The combination of striking slapstick images and accompanying colloquial language is funny and will appeal to young readers. Yet, the book gives clear messages about being ourselves, rather than projecting an image of something we are not.' Just Imagine

'There was lots of laugh out loud moments and full on giggles, especially when the pig ended up with the sunglasses on his tail! I was asked to read 3 times in a row, which is the sign of a good book. A lovely message to just enjoy yourself and not try to play a part or be something you are not. Great bold illustrations that really complement the text.' Toppsta

'This 3 year old thought this book was hilarious! Before we read it together, she sat down and looked at the pages on her own and giggled away loudly at the pictures. Bright, bold illustrations and a great story about having fun and not trying too hard to be cool. When I asked her what she liked best she said ‘the silliness’. It’s a wonderful book.' Toppsta

'Taylor and Jullien’s joyful, zingy and high-colour graphic picture book is brilliant fun for reading together – the high contrast and thick black outlines as well as the nice clear font make it super accessible while being stylish and silly with plenty of great phrases to copy. There’s also a lovely message about enjoying yourself and not worrying what other people think.' BookTrust

'The story is simple but has a great message about being yourself. The illustrations are brilliant! I love how bold they are and how simple but brilliant they are at conveying what’s happening.' The Strawberry Post

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