Cookie, the Walker

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Cookie the dog doesn't walk like other dogs. She walks on her hind legs, and what a sight that is! Cookie's walking catches the attention of a show producer, who turns her into a star. And with fame comes benefits: bacon, candy, a fanny pack, her own mini-fridge…

But the more Cookie walks, the more people expect from her. Cookie's old friend Kevin keeps reminding her about how great her regular life used to be. And Cookie's legs are getting tired. Will Cookie keep walking for ...

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Overview

Cookie the dog doesn't walk like other dogs. She walks on her hind legs, and what a sight that is! Cookie's walking catches the attention of a show producer, who turns her into a star. And with fame comes benefits: bacon, candy, a fanny pack, her own mini-fridge…

But the more Cookie walks, the more people expect from her. Cookie's old friend Kevin keeps reminding her about how great her regular life used to be. And Cookie's legs are getting tired. Will Cookie keep walking for fame and fortune? Or will she stand down and get her life back?

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Michael Ian Black
Told in a bright and fun comic-book style with plenty of illustrations that will hold readers' interest upon repeated viewings, Cookie, the Walker is the rare picture book that actually questions the value of standing out.
Publishers Weekly
The road to fame is paved with snacks for a dog who eschews convention in Monroe's wryly witty story about the virtues of keeping one's feet on the ground. When Cookie discovers how handy it is to walk on her hind legs, she's on a fast track to the big time: "Well, I can reach the candy dish now... which is great," she tells her supportive but skeptical pal Kevin. A daring walk across a flaming board placed over a kiddie pool filled with snapping turtles is just the beginning: the circus and a Hollywood producer come calling, and Cookie is soon starring in her own TV show. But when an exhausted Cookie receives a proposal to walk around the world, she must make a tough decision. Monroe (the Monkey with a Tool Belt books) explores the pitfalls of fame through deadpan narration and celebrity stereotypes, all captured in tidy comics-style panels. Cookie's relationship with Kevin plays out in several tender exchanges, even as the stalwart dog is unceremoniously shoved out of the way by Cookie's "people." Ages 4–8. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Cookie, a dog, has a special talent. She is able to walk on her hind legs. She explains to her friend, Kevin, the benefits of walking upright. A dog trainer named Bea Havior notices Cookie's walking ability and Bea has Cookie perform in a dog show. More people discover Cookie's feat. She goes on to work in a circus and have her own television show. Although Cookie receives things for her work, the pressure of expectations increases. Kevin goes to see Cookie's performances and seems to be the voice of reason and support. The tension builds when Cookie must make some decision for herself. The story has a graphic novel format using frames for the story along with speech bubbles and narration boxes. The illustrations are colorful; however some of the details in the picture maybe difficult to see due to the size. For example, the different tricks that Cookie performed in the circus are small on the page compared to the main story frames. Children may enjoy reading about Cookie's adventure into fame and its effects. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
Kirkus Reviews
A canine parable about the dangers of fame. Cookie is an ordinary dog, except that she walks on two feet instead of four. When questioned by her dog friend Kevin, she explains that being taller has helped her in many situations--especially reaching the candy dish. In fact, she likes walking on two feet so much that she keeps doing it. She walks on a treadmill, up the stairs, down a meandering country path, everywhere. Then she learns to walk on balls, railings and flaming boards across a pool filled with snapping turtles (the logical next step). Her bipedal walking causes so such excitement that she is asked to join the circus. She even gets her own television show! Kevin is excited for Cookie's fortune, but he sees that she is exhausted. Cookie's only chance at survival is to put all four feet on the floor and simply walk away. But can she do it? Monroe's playful illustrations are filled with sly adult asides and plenty of detail for sharp-eyed young readers. Similar to Monroe's first animal hero, Monkey with a Tool Belt (2008, etc.), Cookie has an oversized head and spindly legs, which makes her upright walk all the more amusing. Moral: Fame isn't all that it's cracked up to be, even if it does come with a fanny pack. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761356172
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/2012
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: Library Edition
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 501,249
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD350L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Monroe's humor and intricate illustrations draw high praise from reviewers and bloggers alike. She is also the author and illustrator of Totally Uncool and the long-running comic strip Violet Days. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota. Chris Monroe's humor and intricate illustrations draw high praise from reviewers and bloggers alike. She is also the author and illustrator of Totally Uncool and the long-running comic strip Violet Days. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota.

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