A famous pirate and a treasure map in a cereal box - Toocool's latest plaan has all the makings of a real pirate adventure. All Toocool and his best friend, Spike, need is a pirate ship and the treasure will be theirs! But Captain Kaos and Captain Purple have their own plan . . .... read full description below.
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A famous pirate and a treasure map in a cereal box - Toocool's latest plaan has all the makings of a real pirate adventure. All Toocool and his best friend, Spike, need is a pirate ship and the treasure will be theirs! But Captain Kaos and Captain Purple have their own plan . . .
His name is Toocool, and he's a legend!
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||Considering series #5 starts with book 35, it might be said that I'm a latecomer to the life and times of Toocool and his buddies. What an introduction though! The first thing that struck me was the humour-that and, of course, Toocool himself. What a delectable character. He's Dennis the Menace with a distinctly Aussie flavor-and so much more. He has a refreshingly original way of viewing the world, and a warped wisdom that will appeal to both kids and adults alike. With such an inflated ego, Toocool could so easily have been a pain in the neck. But thanks to Kettle's handling, he's an absolute delight. No wonder the little fella's been around for as long as he has, and, if sales figures are an accurate measure, he's clearly won over a ship-load of fans.
In Round 'Em Up Toocool is sent off to Uncle Buck's farm so poor Mum can have a rest. With his best mate, Spike along for the ride, the boys discover the wonders of farm life, and learn just where the milk for their Weeties comes from. As mentioned above, Kettle's humour beams from every line-even when it's unintentional: 'The next day, I beat the sun up.' (p10) Oh, such violence from one so young!
The Big Bash sees Toocool's team pitching skill and wit against the Browns in a cricket match to end them all. Toocool, being the sporting legend that he is, devises a hairy plan to save the day.
Competition is clearly something Toocool thrives on. This is also demonstrated in The Race and Pirates where Toocool and friends must build lake-worthy crafts to pitch against one another. For these tasks Toocool enlists the help of long-suffering neighbor, Wong who's been around at least a century and therefore knows all there is to know about everything. Turns out he has just the thing for Toocool's bathtub jet-ski-that is providing Toocool is planning to launch the tub into orbit.
The Interview explores a different format to the rest of the series. It seems the producer of TV program, Forty Minutes has heard all about Toocool's uniqueness and wants him interviewed for the show. Ms Stickybeak hits him with all the big questions and the result is hilarious. Toocool may be many things, but no one can fault his honesty.
Each book in this addictive series contains plenty of quirky illustrations, a glossary, jokes and even an author interview. There's so much packed in these little books that I can't imagine better value for money.
Phil Kettle is a prolific children's author who specialises in encouraging reluctant readers. He found phenomenal success with his first series TOOCOOL, which ran to 34 books. He followed up with BOYS RULE, GIRLZ ROCK and BILLY COOL, each series more successful than the last. The underlying themes of his writing are individuality, freedom of thought and positivity. Phil credits his upbringing on a farm outside Mildura and lots of sport as a youngster for his own positive outlook. Phil is currently writing a series called OUR AUSTRALIA for Australian Geographic. He passionately believes that Australian kids need to learn about their country and Australian themes. Phil lives in Melbourne and travels extensively doing literacy workshops for school children.