Thursday, October 27, 2016
The Cookie Fiasco, written and illustrated by Dan Santat. Hyperion Books for Children, Hachette. 2016. $$10.99 ages 6 and up
GAH! I BREAK THINGS
WHEN I AM NERVOUS!
Show us the cookies!"
We all knew how much we would miss Elephant and Piggie, didn't we? So, I was very happy to receive this first book in a new series, Elephant and Piggie Like Reading. Even better to know that Dan Santat was responsible for the laughs, the learning and growing the love of little ones for independently connecting with a picture book.
Gerald and Piggie provide an introduction:
"I want to read this funny book!
But how can the 2 of us read this 1 book?
We can read it 2-together!"
Perfect premise for a book that is filled with grand voices and an even grander problem. There are four friends here, and only three cookies. It is Crocodile notes the dilemma and shares his discovery with great consternation.
"SOMEONE WILL NOT GET A COOKIE!"
The rest of the book is spent with the friends trying to deal with the untenable situation ... all with great drama and much hilarity. Kids are going to love reading it together. To say that Hippo, Crocodile, and the two Squirrels have a math deficiency is stating the obvious, and readers will be wanting to help them sort through their problem. What a fun way to learn about sharing, fractions and problem solving!
The color-coded speech balloons will help a group of four reading friends as they share the book, and would provide a great drama to be acted out for their classmates. Now, that is loving reading! The surprise ending simply ups the enjoyment.
Piggie and Gerald bring closure to an auspicious beginning for this brilliant new series.
"That was a fun book!"
"But now I am hungry for a cookie!
Now I am thirsty for milk!
THIS BOOK MAKES ME HUNGRY AND THIRSTY!
Good books make me feel big things ... "