|Smart cookie (Food Group)
Author: John, Jory
This cookie has never felt like a smart cookie no matter how hard she tries, especially in comparison to all the clever cupcakes and brilliant rolls in the bakery. Will a dash of creativity and a sprinkle of confidence be enough to help her learn that perfect scores and having all the answers aren't the only ingredients for intelligence?
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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.10
Points: .5 Quiz: 513442
Kirkus Reviews (10/15/21)
School Library Journal (10/08/21)
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School Library Journal - 10/08/2021 Gr 1–2—Wordplay spices up this latest entry in the creators' "food group" picture book series, as a once shy sugar cookie describes how they got over feeling lost at sea in class with some help from a savvy schoolteacher. It all starts with a chewy homework assignment from Ms. Biscotti to "create something completely original." A few half-baked efforts later—like a sculptured selfie that winds up "a complete bust!"—sweet success arrives in the form of a confessional poem titled "My Crumby Days" that earns the sugar cookie praise from all listeners. As frosting on the cake, cookie also gets the self-confidence to keep writing, to try new things, and to accept the occasional failure. Oswald surrounds the big-eyed biscuit with a diverse and similarly nongendered cast of smiling baked goods, all busily involved in play, projects, and like means of finding their own recipes for success. "There's always more to learn!" the triumphant treat concludes. "Because we're all smart cookies." VERDICT One for the shelves on cooking or self-esteem, this dishes up a nutritious message, liberally sprinkled with puns, metaphors, and double entendres.—John Peters, Children's Literature Consultant, NY - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 11/01/2021 Sharing a pivotal moment in her life, a cookie tells of her early days, attending school in a gingerbread house. Though she liked her teacher, Ms. Biscotti, the cookie seldom spoke up in class. Other students raised their hands before she had even figured out the answer to a question. Sometimes she made mistakes, like misspelling words or adding numbers instead of subtracting them. One afternoon, Ms. Biscotti asked her students to “create something that’s completely original” for their homework. Though initially baffled, the cookie wrote a poem revealing her insecurities and read it to the class. Encouraged by her teacher’s praise and realizing that others also felt inadequate sometimes, she became more confident and willing to try new things. The text reads aloud well, delivering the encouraging message that “we’re all smart cookies,” with a good deal of verbal wit and style. Using colors as well as line to reflect the story’s tone and the bread-and-pastry-related characters’ emotions, the digital illustrations create a bright, inviting look. A sustaining picture book from the Food Group series. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.