The Smart Cookie is the fifth title in John Jory and Pete Oswald’s foodie series and readers are in for a sweet treat.
Cookie is part of a warm and supportive community of baked treats that live in a bakery on Sweet Street. But life wasn’t always sweet. There was a time when Cookie lacked confidence, when school was hard, when grades were not the best and when the clever cupcakes and capable croissants knew everything before they did. These days of not feeling smart had left Cookie feeling pretty crumby. But Ms Biscotti knew that Cookie was smart and with a dash of creativity and a sprinkle of confidence she has just the plan to help Cookie see that there are many different ingredients for intelligence…
The Smart Cookie is another winning read from established picture book partnership Jory John and Pete Oswald. Starring a now confident biscuit, Cookie reflects on a time when confidence was lacking, a time when their friends were excelling, when they were constantly crumbling and when they were yet to discover what they were good at.
Pun-filled and with sweet illustrations, The Smart Cookie is a perfect picture book for those children feeling a little bit low and lacking in self-esteem. Laughs and wit are combined with valuable lessons that will empower all children to become smart cookies in their own ways. With its relevant messages around overcoming fears, building confidence, and understanding that top marks and knowing lots are not the be all and end all of intelligence because as Cookie discovers, there are many ways to be smart, this tasty read offers plenty of food for thought.
With huge thanks to Harper Collins for the copy I received in exchange for an honest review.
Recommended for 4+.