Totally Uncool

  • Interest Level: Grade 2
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

What would you do if your dad found a new girlfriend—one who was completely, totally uncool? No one could be worse than Dad’s new girlfriend, whom he calls (ugh) “Sweet Potato.” Totally Uncool is a clever and witty story with offbeat illustrations that bring to life the challenges of adjusting to a single parent’s new companion.

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Interest Level Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Publication Date 1999-01-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV043000, JUV013020, JUV039050
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Features Awards and Reviewed

Author: Janice Levy

Illustrator: Chris Monroe

Chris Monroe is an award-winning author, illustrator and cartoonist. Her picture books include Sneaky Sheep, Bug On a Bike and the Monkey With a Tool Belt series, which inspired the Netflix show Chico Bon Bon: Monkey with a Tool Belt. Chris is also the author and illustrator of the comic strip Violet Days, which has been in print for more than 20 years. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota.


  • Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices, Winner, 1998


Kirkus Reviews

“. . .intriguing illustrations carry readers along. . .”
Kirkus Reviews, Pointer

School Library Journal

“This story is short, simple, and appealing. . . suitable for libraries needing to round out their holding in family relationships, especially those involving single-parent families.”
School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly

“The affectionately mannered style, wherein the characters’ faces and features are sweepingly outsize and sometimes blurred, walk an assured line between the childlike and the sophisticated.”
Publishers Weekly