Catch that Cookie!

Catch that Cookie!
By Hallie Durand, illustrated by David Small
Dial Books, 2014

Catch that Cookie! is a mystery and humor book rolled into one.  It opens with Marshall, who starts out a firm skeptic about the idea that gingerbread men (g-men) could run away, like the folk tale says.  But he joins in with his classmates to make and bake his own g-man.  When they gather around the oven to remove the cookies, they find an empty oven!  A note sends them looking; another note sends them looking again and again, until they all become stumped—except for Marshall.  Working the clues, he comes up with an idea of where the cookies could be, and leads everyone to the g-men!  Now Marshall is a firm believer that g-men can run away, and when he gets in the car, he orders his father to lock the doors to ensure his g-man gets home.

The award-winning artist, David Small, has created illustrations that jump across each page.  To an already good story, he adds mountains of humor, action, joy and fun.  It’s easy to follow the many emotions the children display as they discover the missing g-men and follow the clues.

Review originally published in San Francisco Book Review.

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