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Cool Kids Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway

Whether longing to be a cool kid is a good thing depends a great deal on how "cool" is being defined, as shown in Arlene Freeman's picture book Cool Kids. Learn a bit more about the book and enter to win a signed copy!

About the Book:

Book Title: Cool Kids by Arlene Freeman
Category: Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 38 pages
Genre: Chldren's Picture Book
Publisher: Mascot Publishing
Release date: October 2021
Tour dates: November 22 to December 10
Content Rating: G. Suitable for all ages.

Like most kids, Michael and his friends are so excited for their first day at a new school. They have a lot of questions about what to expect, but most of all, they wonder if they’ll get to join the football team. That would be the perfect way to start the year! However, Michael soon finds out that it’s not as easy as he thinks. The team is filled with bullies, and to join, he has to become one of them. In order to be cool enough to get a spot on the football team, Michael has to start changing his behavior—for the worse! Suddenly, terrible things start happening to him. Finally, he begins to wonder: Was it all worth it?

My Review:

Michael is happy to start fourth grade at a new school together with his old friends. The only thing that really bothers him is that he can no longer play his favorite sport because the biggest bully nicknamed Ruffy doesn't approve his request to join the football team. Michael decides to win Ruffy's favor by acting like a bully and thus becoming a "cool" kid. He succeeds, but at the expense of losing all his previous friends (including the furry one) and being reprimanded by his own conscience. Is it possible to remain a cool kid without turning into someone he resents and can hardly recognize in the mirror?

The author of Cool Kids takes a rather bold approach to the topic of anti-bullying by showing the dreadful consequences a past victim of bullying may have to face after attempting to become a bully himself. Bullying neither makes him feel stronger nor helps him get popular. It is an important lesson to learn for kids who are eager to fit in at a new place, where the problem of bullying is present. They need guidance to make the right choice. While Michael is lucky to have friends who support his efforts to get back on track, converting a veteran bully like Ruffy may not be as easy as suggested by the somewhat magical ending of the story and young readers should be warned about that. The book encourages kids to face and correct their mistakes, and to be kind and forgiving. The positive messages delivered by the book make it a worthy read, but parents may want to help younger kids separate fact from fiction to avoid misconception.

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About the Author:

Freeman’s first career was a third-grade schoolteacher in the Passaic School System. Teaching children is her true passion, and she incorporated this passion in her community involvement. Her second career as a real estate broker and appraiser enabled her to open her own real estate company, Prime Realty, with a partner. After thirty-five years, they sold to Coldwell Banker. She loves dogs, playing piano, telling stories, singing, dancing, and sharing wonderful examples of life’s lessons with her grandchildren. Arlene lives in Woodland Park, New Jersey. She has two sons, Dr. Ted Freeman of Long Branch, New Jersey, and Dr. Eric Freeman of Westfield, New Jersey, as well as three grandchildren: Michael, Max, and Quinn. This is her first book and maybe her third career.

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One lucky person will win a signed copy of Cool Kids!

Giveaway ends 12/17. Open to US only. Please enter below. Happy Holidays and Good Luck!

COOL KIDS Book Tour Giveaway

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book to facilitate my honest review. All views and opinions expressed are my own. icefairy's Treasure Chest is not responsible for winner selection or prize fulfillment.

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