Book reviews: I’m Cool, by Kate & Jim McMullan

McMullan, Kate & Jim McMullan. I’m Cool. HarperCollins, 2015. $17.99. ISBN: 978-0-06-230629-6. Ages 4-8. P9 Q9

McMullan CoolThis picture book succeeds in telling a story that will interest both hockey fans and those interested in mechanics. Readers who have read any of the McMullans’ odes to big rigs, like I’m Mighty! (2003) and I Stink! (2002, both HarperCollins), will enjoy this. The narrator is a sports commentator. The watercolor and gouache illustrations are both colorful and appealing. The “Zamboni machine”, an ice resurfacing machine is the main character. Some kids will really connect to the presentation of the ice machine as a living entity. The book satisfies the curiosity of the mechanically-inclined by explaining in simple terms how the different parts inside the machine work to smooth out the ice, such as the blade, the level auger and the tall auger. Additionally, there are internal rhymes (emphasized in color) within the text that skillfully teach reading to emergent reader. Beginning readers will be motivated to read this book because of the subject matter and the active movement of the words and illustrations.

December 2015 review by Devonee Trivett.

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