cover image I’m Cool!

I’m Cool!

Kate McMullan, illus. by Jim McMullan. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-06-230629-6

“I’m a blade-packing, ice-shaving, snow-eating, water-spraying, slush-slurping, towel-dragging, triple-tank truck,” boasts the McMullans’ latest big-talking picture-book hero, a Zamboni machine. “How do I do it? Crank up your x-ray vision and I’ll show ya how,” the truck continues as readers see cutaway views of the blades, augers, paddles, and spray tubes that help get the job done. Between sound effects, a cranky arena announcer, and the Zamboni’s wise-guy narration (“Shazamboni, baby. That’s right”), read-aloud sessions should be as smooth as ice. Ages 4–8. Agent: Holly McGhee, Pippin Properties. (Oct.)