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THE COOKIE THIEF

Author: Frances Gilbert

Illustrator: Ben Quesnel

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Publisher: AuthorHouse,

Material: paperback

Summary: Thomas loves cookies. But when the cookie thief took grandma's favorite jam thumbprints, it was not good. Word spread quickly through the family, and everyone found a way to lock up their favorite treat. Unfortunately, that left no cookies for Thomas. Then Thomas and his friend Kristina set out to fix the problem. How hard is it to catch a cookie thief? This is a clever story with a life lesson in honesty.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 and up

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: Very, very clever. The illustrator does a great job of drawing in the reader and building sympathy for Thomas. Parents will walk away thinking of ways to use this technique in other scenarios where sneaking and lying are front and center.

Pros: Kids and parents alike will enjoy and relate to this clever approach to taking without asking.

Cons: None, really. Because it has such a great lesson, it would be nice to have some discussion questions for parents.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a book that will get plenty of reads over time.

If You Liked This Book, Try: THE HAT THAT WORE CLARA B.   STINKY (TOON BOOKS)   I LOVE YOU BETTER THAN CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Educational Themes: This is a story that can be about stealing, not asking, and/or taking responsibility.

Notes: The author donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, life lessons, family

Date(s) Reviewed: July 2013

Other Reviews: No Critics Reviews found; see reader feedback at amazon.com.




                 

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