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Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie
     

Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie

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by Julie Sternberg, Matthew Cordell (Illustrator)
 

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I had a bad August.

A very bad August.

As bad as pickle juice on a cookie.

As bad as a spider web on your leg.

As bad as the black parts on a banana.
I hope your August was better.

I really do.

 

When Eleanor's beloved babysitter, Bibi, has to move away to take care of her ailing father,

Overview

I had a bad August.

A very bad August.

As bad as pickle juice on a cookie.

As bad as a spider web on your leg.

As bad as the black parts on a banana.
I hope your August was better.

I really do.

 

When Eleanor's beloved babysitter, Bibi, has to move away to take care of her ailing father, Eleanor must try to bear the summer without Bibi and prepare for the upcoming school year. Her new, less-than-perfect babysitter just isn't up to snuff, and she doesn't take care of things like Bibi used to. But as the school year looms, it's time for new beginnings. Eleanor soon realizes that she will always have Bibi, no matter how far away she is. 

Written in a lyrical style with thoughtful and charming illustrations throughout, this remarkable debut novel tells a poignant story of friendship and the bittersweet feelings of growing up.

Praise for Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie
“Eleanor’s ingenuous free-verse monologue should strike a chord with readers, especially those who may have had to cope with the loss of a loved one. Cordell’s halftone cartoons convey the story’s pathos and humor, as well as Eleanor’s changeable moods.” –Publishers Weekly 

“Cordell’s winsome cartoon drawings complement the text without overcrowding the verse. It tells a simple, poignant story that will resonate with any child who has ever had to say good-bye.” –Booklist 

“This first novel is a promising debut. Eleanor’s concerns, not only about her babysitter, but also about playmates, friends and a new school year will be familiar to readers, who will look forward to hearing more about her life.” –Kirkus Reviews

“Sternberg hits all the right notes here, capturing a sensitive kid’s first experience of loss with tender respectfulness and full acknowledgment that separation is a bereavement too. Sprightly line drawings, with the same perky homeyness as the story, add visual energy.” –Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books 

“Heartfelt, accessible, and energetic…” –Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books 

"This heartwarming novel and its winsome cartoon-like illustrations draw readers right into the story. Children would enjoy this short chapter book as an independent read, but it would also be a particularly good choice for parents to read to or with their children." –BookPage

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"I had a bad August," announces eight-year-old Eleanor at the start of this empathetic debut novel. The main reason? Her beloved and longtime babysitter, Bibi, is moving from Brooklyn to Florida. No less resonant for its simplicity and accessibility, Eleanor's ingenuous free-verse monologue should strike a chord with readers, especially those who may have had to cope with the loss of a loved one. When Eleanor's mother takes time off from work after Bibi's departure (reassuring Eleanor that they'll "get through this together"), Eleanor, still smarting, refuses to engage in any of the activities that she and Bibi enjoyed ("We could not go to Roma Pizza./ Because Bibi loved Roma Pizza.... We could not ride my bike./ Because Bibi helped pick out my bike"). Eleanor's gradual warming to her new sitter is affectingly narrated, and Cordell's halftone cartoons convey the story's pathos and humor, as well as Eleanor's changeable moods. When the girl's best friend returns from vacation and they start third grade, it seems certain that Eleanor's September will be better than her August. Her fans will want to read about it. Ages 8–10. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—Eleanor is having a bad August, so bad it is "like pickle juice on a cookie." Her longtime babysitter, Bibi, is moving away to take care of her ailing father, and the eight-year-old is having trouble coping with her loss. Her parents and new babysitter, Natalie, do all they can to help her, but Eleanor is constantly reminded of Bibi and the things they did together. Writing a letter to her helps and she meets the mail carrier, Val, who promises to keep a lookout for a reply. Eleanor does receive a letter in the mail, but it is from her third-grade teacher welcoming all of his new students to school. The bustle of a new school year helps Eleanor, a talk with Natalie about the importance of first babysitters does, too, and then on the first day of school Bibi's reply arrives. After reading it, Eleanor realizes that Bibi will always be special to her, no matter where she lives. Through short, easy sentences, Sternberg has captured the feelings of a young girl, the worries that loom large, and the importance of small matters. Early chapter-book readers will identify with the protagonist and enjoy reading about her. Cordell's pen-and-ink drawings effectively illustrate the ups and downs of Eleanor's life.—Terrie Dorio, Santa Monica Public Library, CA
Kirkus Reviews - Kikus Reviews

When Bibi, her first and favorite babysitter, moves away, it takes all of August for 8-year-old Eleanor to get beyond her sense of loss and get used to a new caretaker. Her parents grieve, too; her mother even takes some time off work. But, as is inevitable in a two-income family, eventually a new sitter appears. Natalie is sensible and understanding. They find new activities to do together, including setting up a lemonade stand outside Eleanor's Brooklyn apartment building, waiting for Val, the mail carrier, and taking pictures of flowers with Natalie's camera. Gradually Eleanor adjusts, September comes, her new teacher writes a welcoming letter, her best friend returns from summer vacation and third grade starts smoothly. Best of all, Val brings a loving letter from Bibi in Florida. While the story is relatively lengthy, each chapter is a self-contained episode, written simply and presented in short lines, accessible to those still struggling with the printed word. Cordell's gray-scale line drawings reflect the action and help break up the text on almost every page. This first novel is a promising debut. Eleanor's concerns, not only about her babysitter, but also about playmates, friends and a new school year will be familiar to readers, who will look forward to hearing more about her life. (Fiction. 7-9)

Kirkus Reviews

When Bibi, her first and favorite babysitter, moves away, it takes all of August for 8-year-old Eleanor to get beyond her sense of loss and get used to a new caretaker. Her parents grieve, too; her mother even takes some time off work. But, as is inevitable in a two-income family, eventually a new sitter appears. Natalie is sensible and understanding. They find new activities to do together, including setting up a lemonade stand outside Eleanor's Brooklyn apartment building, waiting for Val, the mail carrier, and taking pictures of flowers with Natalie's camera. Gradually Eleanor adjusts, September comes, her new teacher writes a welcoming letter, her best friend returns from summer vacation and third grade starts smoothly. Best of all, Val brings a loving letter from Bibi in Florida. While the story is relatively lengthy, each chapter is a self-contained episode, written simply and presented in short lines, accessible to those still struggling with the printed word. Cordell's gray-scale line drawings reflect the action and help break up the text on almost every page. This first novel is a promising debut. Eleanor's concerns, not only about her babysitter, but also about playmates, friends and a new school year will be familiar to readers, who will look forward to hearing more about her life. (Fiction. 7-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810984240
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/2011
Series:
Julie Sternberg's Eleanor Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
432,744
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
440L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Julie Sternberg, formerly a public-interest lawyer, is a graduate of the New School's MFA program in writing for children. This is her first novel. She lives in Brooklyn. Matthew Cordell is the illustrator of Trouble Gum. He lives in Chicago.

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Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My name is Charlie, and I am 8 years old. "Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie" is a very good book.  It made me think of my first babysitter, Ina, because we moved away from her.  In the story, the babysitter moved away from them. Eleanor said, "My hand missed Bibi," and my hand misses Ina.   It's a sad, but happy story. I recommend it to anybody! Charlie, age 8
STORE NOOKUSER More than 1 year ago
A sweet, touching story, this book is a wonderful gift for children and adults alike. I cried and smiled as I read it with my kids (they did, too!).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although I have never really had a babysitter, I was touched by Eleanor and the story of her loss. I felt this book was sad, yet a very good book to read if you have some free time. I reccomend this book to many kids my age, both boys and girls. McKenna Holman Age 11
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book it pulls you right in !!!!!!!!!!!
james sullivan More than 1 year ago
best book ever!!!!!:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guys i read the sample and ya it was wonder ful but my mother wont buy tge full book and i am so angry why on earth does a book cost 11$ i wwish it was FREE!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pickles and cookies my favourite foods mixed together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I rad the sample and i hope that BIBI STAYS and i hope that he gets well sone!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am bw this book and i love it so far i mean its a touchingbbw story i maen it's relly i cann't put this book down if i could rate this book out of 0 to129,504,9% i would give it a 129,504,9% i have read to chapter twenty in one hour i love this book its a saddd book it made me cry when Elenor found out
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never read this other books in series are the best
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Its toching because my babby sitter went to college
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So touching. It reminded me when my baby siter Julia went to collage this year. Eleanors story ls touching. By Eleanor age8
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although this isnt a very long book i still enjoyed it and im 11 years old. This book is funny and sad so bittersweet i geuss. I think that anywhere from even 5- 11 or 12 would enjoy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Julie Sternberg, I hope you are living a happy life writing these beautifully written and illustrated books!!!! I'm 10 and Like Pickle Juice On a Cookie inspired me to eat pickles last night!!!! Heh heh. But Like Pickle Juice On a Cookie is really the best book ever!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a cute book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome but to expencive
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a bizaar book. The title is stupid and the main idea is really weird!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gggrrrooosssss!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never read but seems stupid