The Smart Cookie (The Food Group)

The Smart Cookie (The Food Group)
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November 02, 2021
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An Instant New York Times Bestseller!

Be a smart cookie—and don’t miss the fifth picture book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Food Group series from creators Jory John and Pete Oswald! 

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?

Jory John and Pete Oswald serve up another heaping plate of laughs and lessons with this empowering, witty, and charming addition to their #1 New York Times bestselling series!

Check out Jory John and Pete Oswald’s other funny, bestselling books for kids 4-8 and anyone who wants a laugh:

  • The Bad Seed
  • The Good Egg
  • The Cool Bean
  • The Couch Potato
  • The Good Egg Presents: The Great Eggscape!
  • The Bad Seed Presents: The Good, the Bad, the Spooky!
  • That’s What Dinosaurs Do

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Everyone can be a Smart Cookie
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What I Liked:
The cover and illustrations are wonderful to grab the interest of elementary children. Many children will identify with not feeling like they are doing as well as others and therefore are not a “smart cookie”. The word choice and illustrations were very cute in giving double meanings that older readers will enjoy, like when the cookie’s head sculpture broke and was described “as a complete bust!”
This story deals with the big emotions of not feeling adequate and having low self-esteem. That all changes when the Smart Cookie finally finds that writing poetry comes easily and others enjoy it. The teacher’s words of encouragement and the success of the assignment have our character realizing that we are all smart cookies but in different ways.
Final Verdict: I was reading this book with a second grader who chose this book because the cover and title were so appealing. I liked the positive message the book conveyed and the fun way it was presented. I would highly recommend this book for use in the classroom, in counseling, and for parents that want to help a child understand that we can all be smart cookies even if we make mistakes or aren’t as fast to answer as their peers. In societies and our own internal pressure to compare ourselves to others, it can be disheartening and negatively affect your self-esteem when you don’t think you are doing as well as others. This book is a gentle reminder that we are all ok and you just need to find what you are good at and that can take a while sometimes.
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