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00-01 Keystone to Reading Book Award Masterlist...
00-01 Keystone to Reading Book Award Masterlist
When his friend Chips is snatched and chewed, Tough Cookie sets out from the bottom of the jar to stop Fingers.
Posted January 17, 2007
Posted April 12, 2001
This book is hard to rate. If it were for adults, as a novelty, it would clearly be five stars. For teenagers who have discovered 'hard-boiled' detective fiction, this book would also be five stars. I have to believe that most of the story and humor would blow past the 4-8 year old set, that is the book's ostensible audience. The illustrations, on the other hand, fit the age grouping nicely. They are done by cutting vividly-colored paper, creating constructions with the cut-outs, and then photographing the results. The whole story takes place in a cookie jar, from the perspective of the cookies who have been around for awhile (don't think of them as stale, think of them as experienced). As is usual, putting a new viewpoint in place creates the potential for interesting new ideas. How do you stop depredations against the other cookies? I wish that the classic noir novels from the thirties had the humor of this book. 'I kiss her. 'You're a smart cookie,' I say. 'Maybe being a tough cookie isn't enough.'' Now, if you have a child with great imagination, and you explain humor well, it may work for a younger child. But be prepared for the difficulty of explaining a satire of something you child has not yet seen or read. You should also think about ways that low lifes (crumbs) can make all of the difference in real life. Look at life from a new angle to see its potential! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution
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