October 5, 2016
The Cookie Fiasco by Dan Santat
Four friends with only three cookies makes for one great big problem. Will they work it out before it’s too late?
A hippo, a crocodile and two squirrels are trying to figure out how to evenly divide four cookies. (It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke!) I kept expecting the hippo to snap and just eat all the treats. He does suggest that he should get a bigger share because he’s so much bigger than the others.
But as hippo gets hungrier and hungrier, his nerves snap. Let’s just say that he has a nervous habit of fiddling with things. With a snap, the breaks one cookie and then another. The squirrels worry that soon there will be only crumbs.
Worrisome though it may be hippo’s habit saves the day. It seems that it is much easier to evenly divide the pieces of cookies.
Work with kids and at least one of these characters looks familiar. I definitely know hippo. One of my son’s friends will carefully explain that because he is bigger he deserves more. He NEEDS it. Then there’s my niece aka the outspoken squirrel. I am little and I am mighty. You’d think Santat had spent time in my dining room.
Because this is another of the Elephant and Piggie Like Reading! early readers, the text is super simple. The illustrations don’t build on it, as they would in a picture book, but they do give young, inexperienced readers the clues they need to decipher unfamiliar words.
As always, Santat’s illustrations are humorous and expressive. As simple and straightforward as they look, there are always plenty of clues for young readers to use the gauge what is going on in a character’s head.
If you have a young reader who is working to decipher words for him or herself, request this book at your library. The text is simple and straightforward. The characters are silly. It will pull your new reader in and help to develop the skills needed to tackle longer books.