Cool Kids by Arlene Freeman
Category: Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 38 pages
Genre: Chldren's Picture Book; Content Rating: G. Suitable for all ages.
Publisher: Mascot Publishing; Release date: October 2021
Tour dates: November 22 to December 10
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?
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REVIEW By LAWonder10:
Cool Kids is a wonderful book to use as a tool to teach children bullying isn't "cool".
I feel this is definitely an elementary age children's book. I feel it is too "wordy" for children under six years of age.
The illustrations by Amelina Jones are done very well and ae very colorful.
This is book which will aid children in change, acceptance and in forgiveness.
I offer a Five Stars rating
*I was gifted this book with no pressure to post a positive review. This is my honest review.
How It All Started
I guess you can say that it all started with my father. He was a great storyteller. It was also a time when television was first becoming popular. However, not everyone could afford one. So, storytelling still attracted the children on the block. Mimi, Charlie, Benjy, Eddie, Harry, Pat, Barbara, and many more came to listen to my dad tell stories about a character he created: Ruffy Butchbang. Ruffy Butchbang was a bully who always got into trouble. He always wanted attention and the only way he could get it was to become a bully. It was the only way he could feel important. Could this be the only way Ruffy could feel important? Not so! In every story my dad told, there was a lesson learned. Each story was so exciting because my dad added special sound effects—from creaky sounds, to bangs and shouts. Nobody talked. We were all mesmerized and just listened intently, always wanting more.
It was this character that was embedded in my memory and over the years, I too told stories about Ruffy to my children and grandchildren, always with a positive ending. My sons Ted and Eric knew my father, but my grandchildren never did. However, they knew who created the character Ruffy Butchbang. It was Grandpa Harry!
Now that bullying is all too common in today’s society, it seemed appropriate to bring Ruffy Butchbang back into the spotlight. So, I created the story Cool Kids.
Meet 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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