This beautifully illustrated book is a rendition of a game children may already know. Cookies have been stolen. Numerous suspects are questioned before the culprit is found-but there is a happy ending. Word repetition, simple vocabulary and pictures as visual cues make this book a good choice for early readers. Level 1 Preschool-Grade One selection in the "All Aboard Reading" series.
School Library Journal
An appealing offering based on the rhyme/game, "Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar?" Cat, Puppy, and Mouse deny stealing the goodies, and each suggests another likely suspect. The text is bouncy and repetitive, so children who have played the game will be able to read it on their own. The illustrationstextured cut-paper collages, layered to provide depthmake the story complete. Readers can use the pictures for clues to the text and follow the cookie crumbs to find the real culprit, who says, "I'm a very sorry bear. But it's so hard to share." An enjoyable story that will work as a read aloud or read alone. Preschool - grade 1. --Sharon R. Pearce, San Antonio Public Library, TX
Based on the children's chant of the title, this book extends the rhyme by introducing a cast of animal characters. "Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar?" Cat? Puppy? Mouse? Squirrel? No, it's Bear, who feels pretty bad about his thievery. But the little girl looking for the culprit makes it all right when she leads the animal menagerie to the kitchen to bake more cookies. The bouncy rhyme is fun, but the excellent cut-paper collages are what really catch the eye. An enticement to reading.