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COOKIE

Cookie is a small dog who is the narrator of this story. His simple dialogue and understated discourse are humorous and insightful. What he leaves unsaid fills in the picture for us. His early memories are of being in a “Shaky box for a long time.” This begins the story and reveals the part he plays in helping a young girl with depression.

When Cookie came out of the box, he was greeted by Girl…. Who had a ball! The girl took Cookie for many long walks where he found many great smells. At night, she would tuck Cookie into his bed and sleep by him in hers. Then one day, Girl was sad, she didn’t want to play. Cookie took her a present which she loved, but she was still sad.

As the story progresses, we see that the sadness which affects the girl also affects the family. Cookie’s relationship with the girl continues to be solid and loving and never changing. As they grow together, their understanding of each other deepens. Nothing can change the way the girl is, but Cookie certainly helps with his nurturing nature.

The large illustrations and interesting artwork in this book make it a pleasure to read. The humour of hearing the story told by the dog is gentle and caring. There is also humour in the text, such as the boy called “Stopit.”  It is important for younger readers to acknowledge that feeling sad is normal, and there are ways we can help our feelings to improve. This is an important concept for us to learn.

Author Isabelle Duff. Illustrations Susannah Crispe.
Publisher Exisle Publishing/EK Books
ISBN 9781925820959
Website https://exislepublishing.com/
Distributor Exisle Publishing/EK Books
Released Cecember 2021