This was such a fun read!! I loved the cute characters, funny conversations and how we used math to solve "real life" problems. I'll be saving this on my shelf to borrow again when my daughter is a bit older. Recommended for older toddlers/preschool.
What do you do when you have three cookies, and four friends? How do you ensure fairness? These are the questions that Santat explores in his hilarious new easy reader, the Cookie Fiasco. Purple hippo, green crocodile, brown monkey, and blue squirrel, quickly fall into exaggerated despair, throwing out bad ideas on how to solve the problem. All the while, the nervous Hippo is unconsciously breaking each cookie into smaller bits; first three becomes six, then six becomes twelve. This resolves their trouble, but Santat can't resist ending the story with an amusing hint at the next problem that is coming their way. The Cookie Fiasco is part of the Mo Willems Elephant and Piggie Like Reading imprint; fans of Elephant and Piggie will enjoy this title for its dialogue based humour, and silly art (although these are slightly different from Willems' style), as well as the smartly delivered lesson. Fans of Dan Santat's picture books, will also love this title; the illustrations are done in his distinctive, comic inspired, colourful cartoony style, and the humour has the same boldness that we have come to love and expect from him.
This is an adorable book illustrated by Caldecott Award-winning illustrator Dan Santat. It is part of a series of Elephant and Piggie read-alikes, and it fits perfectly with the banter we've come to know from Ellie an Piggie!
In this tale, four friends have to figure out a fair way to divide three cookies so each friend gets an equal share. Who would have guessed an anxious hippo would save the day with his nervous habit of cookie-breaking? It's a great read-aloud for preschoolers, and first- and second-graders should be able to read it to themselves with little trouble.
Our library lists this as a Mo Willems book. It's part of a series of books called "Elephant and Piggie Like Reading!", and Willems' characters introduce the book and have a couple pages to close the book out, but the main story is written by Santat. The artwork is quite a bit different than Willems', but the story reminds me a lot of his Elephant and Piggie books - a group of friends, a Very Terrible Crisis, and LOTS OF LOUD TALKING with a solution to the crisis that teaches kids a valuable lesson - in this case, about sharing (and, apparently, fractions).
LittleShrimp2 thinks this title is suitable for 3 years and over
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