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“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read.”
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.