Friday, May 24, 2013

Cookie, the Walker

Cookie, the Walker
by Christ Monroe
Minneapolis : Carolrhoda Books, c2013.
unpaged picture book

Cookie is an adorable little dog that likes to walk on her hind legs. This style of mobility is very convenient for snatching candy and unattended bacon. She does it so much she gets the attention of everyone around her and as one thing leads to another, she becomes the star of her very own TV show. Throughout everything, her friend Kevin remains by her side encouraging her to take a break. Cookie just can't resist the attention and all the treats. Especially all the treats! Eventually she is so exhausted she asks Kevin how to stop the craziness that her life has become. Kevin simply says, "You could stand down". Cookie can't believe the simplicity of it and tries it. The results are everything she hoped for and life returns to normal. Don't worry, she still liked to stand on her hind legs now and again, she just made sure no one was watching when she did it.
What a sweet way to show that it's okay to be who you are and get attention, but it's also okay to call it quits when things get out of control and go back to a more simple life. The illustrations are cute and cartoony using speech bubbles and comic panels interspersed with typical picture book layouts. 

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