Synopses & Reviews
A perfect introduction to manners and playing nice, by David Ezra Steinauthor of Caldecott Honor winner Interrupting Chicken
(a Charlotte Zolotow Honor book) and Leaves
(recipient of the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award).
From cuddling koalas to friendly penguins, an array of animals illustrates fun, sweet, and silly examples of how to be nice,” showing simple ways young children can show they care for those around them. The lyrical text, funny illustrations and upbeat friendship message make this a great gift and a wonderful introduction to manners.
"Cookies provide the vehicle for Rosenthal's (Little Pea) deliciously charming collection of defined and illustrated vocabulary words that serve as gentle guides to etiquette. Dyer's (Time for Bed) scenes of old-fashioned kitchens and balmy outdoor picnics create a feeling of nostalgia, while the cast of multi-ethnic children and their assorted animal friends provides a balancing contemporary feel. Vocabulary words appear, one or two per page, in bold capital letters; definitions follow in lower case, and each term warrants its own illustrations. 'Cooperate means, How about you add the chips while I stir?,' the book begins. The accompanying full-page watercolor, on the opposite page, features a curly-topped redhead stirring batter, while the bunny and dog at either side add chocolate chips (all three sport white aprons). Words such as Patient, Proud, Modest and Respect are defined in straightforward, cookie-related terms that children of all ages will comprehend. For example, 'Trustworthy means, If you ask me to hold your cookie until you come back, when you come back, I will still be holding your cookie.' Three vertical panels illustrate a horse entrusting his cookie to an Asian girl, putting on his coat and leaving; the next full-page painting shows the girl still stoically resisting temptation when the horse returns. Dyer's art finely complements the simple yet profound wisdom that flows throughout Rosenthal's inspired text. This story is likely to have a multi-generational appeal. All ages." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
“A delicious recipe for getting along in the world. Charmingly simple. The delicate watercolors perfectly match the tone.” Chicago Sun-Times
“Lovely pastel watercolor illustrations. A brilliant idea. Delightful to look at.” School Library Journal
“Irresistible cast of characters. Beautifully rendered.” Kirkus Reviews
“Clever. Delightful. Engaging. Young readers will want to jump into the pages and join the gang for milk and cookies.” Booklist (starred review)
“Deliciously charming. Dyers art finely complements the simple yet profound wisdom that flows throughout Rosenthals inspired text. Multi-generational appeal.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Everyone knows cookies taste good, but these cookies also have something good to say. Open this delectable book to any page and you will find out something about life. Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons is a new kind of dictionary, one that defines mysteries such as "fair" and "unfair" and what it really means to "cooperate." The book is by turns clever, honest, inspirational, and whimsical. Go ahead, take a bite!
About the Author
Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a New York Times bestselling author of books for children and grown-ups. Her children’s books include the Cookies series, illustrated by Jane Dyer and Brooke Dyer; Duck! Rabbit!, The OK Book, Yes Day!, and It’s Not Fair!, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld; Spoon, illustrated by Scott Magoon; The Wonder Book, illustrated by Paul Schmid; and This Plus That, Little Pea, Little Hoot, and Little Oink, illustrated by Jen Corace. Her work for grown-ups includes the memoir Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life and the film project The Beckoning of Lovely