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So Cool

by (author) Dennis Lee

illustrated by Maryann Kovalski

Key Porter Books
Initial publish date
Feb 2010
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2010
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Dennis Lee is one of the best-loved children's writers in Canada. In So Cool, the author of such classics as Jelly Belly and Garbage Delight offers a spellbinding collection about the trials, tribulations and unexpected joys of growing up.
Featuring 36 remarkable poems for early teen readers, So Cool is a rollicking ride down a bumpy highway. Written with Lee's trademark wit and insight, the poems tackle matters of concern to young readers with sensitivity and wild humour. As the poems ricochet between self-doubt and swagger, nostalgia and exuberance, readers will recognize their own insecurities, fears, hopes and dreams.
Throughout, Lee's wonderful words are brought to life by a sophisticated array of illustrations from Maryann Kovalski. The result is a collection to be treasured by readers of all ages.

About the authors

DENNIS LEE, Toronto’s first Poet Laureate and song lyricist for Fraggle Rock, is the author of enduringly popular children’s collections such as Alligator Pie, Garbage Delight, Jelly Belly, Bubblegum Delicious and The Ice Cream Store. He has received many honours, including the Vicky Metcalf Award for his body of work, and is also an acclaimed poet for adults. His poetry is anthologized and read aroUnd the world. He lives in Toronto.


JEREMY TANKARD was born in Cape Town, South Africa, but left at the age of five for a new life in the United States and then Canada. After attending the Alberta College of Art and Design, he worked as a graphic designer and typesetter before embarking on a career in illustration. His artwork has appeared in major publications such as Time Magazine and The New York Times, and his picture books—including Grumpy Bird, Boo Hoo Bird, Me Hungry!, Piggy Bunny, It’s a Tiger, and Here Comes Destructosaurus!—are hugely popular and widely acclaimed.


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In her latest book with Orca,Queen Nadine, Maryann Kovalski has once again blended the unique voice and warm-and-bouncy artwork that has made her a favorite across the country. She has illustrated over twenty titles, six of which she also wrote. Her touching Brenda and Edward has become a Canadian classic and her illustrations for The Big Storm by Rhea Tregebov earned her a Governer General's Award nomination. Best-selling collaborations include Mable Murple with Sheree Fitch and Princess Prunella and the Purple Peanut with Margeret Atwood.

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