Book Review of Cool to Be You: A Rollie Pollie Pea Book
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The Children’s Book Review
Written by Amy Landgraf
Illustrated by Carlos Valenti
Ages: 4+ | 32 Pages
Publisher: Rad Plaid Publishing (2023) | ISBN-13: 979-8-986990507
What to Expect: Motivation, Inspiration, Perseverance, Dreaming Big, and Rhyme
Written by the talented Amy Landgraf and illustrated by Carlos Valenti, Cool to Be You: A Rollie Pollie Pea Book is a children’s fiction picture book centered around the theme of making new friends and fitting in by being yourself while also emphasizing the importance of inclusivity—messages important for all kids.
Rollie, a bright green pea with freckly cheeks, is excited when Jack, a kind human boy, invites him to school for show-and-tell. When Rollie’s fear of being different holds him back, he must decide whether to overcome his fear of being different or retreat to his garden with the pea friends he knows best.
Through the character of Rollie, Landgraf ultimately teaches readers about the importance of being yourself. The book’s message encourages children to be courageous and embrace their uniqueness—making it an inspirational read that fosters self-esteem and character building in line with early childhood development. Packed with zippy sing-song rhymes coupled with brightly illustrated and captivating illustrations, Cool to Be You is an enjoyable read-aloud for shared story times between children and their caregivers.
Whether you’re a teacher looking for a way to promote positive values in the classroom or a parent searching for a book that will help your child build self-esteem and character, Cool to Be You: A Rollie Pollie Pea Book is a great choice. It is a valuable addition to any child’s bookshelf as both an educational tool and an entertaining read promoting friendship and positive values.
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About the Author
Amy Landgraf is the creative mastermind behind the Rollie Pollie Pea™ series of children’s books. This UCLA grad has a storied background in the publishing world, bringing her skills in sales and marketing to top names like Time, Inc., The Washington Post Company, and Lonely Planet. But her real passion lies in writing children’s books that bring joy and laughter to the little ones in our lives.
When she’s not weaving tales of adventure, you can find Amy substitute teaching, volunteering in her children’s classrooms, road-tripping with her family in their adventure van, or, of course, tending to their garden. So, buckle up, grab a handful of peas, and get ready for a wild ride with Amy Landgraf, the pea-loving children’s book author extraordinaire.
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