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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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Mitchell’s License

Mitchell’s License
By Hallie Durand, illustrated by Tony Fucile
Candlewick Press, 2011

Mitchell’s dad issues him a “Remote-Control Dad Driver’s License” and the fun begins!

Mitchell’s License is an original story featuring an endearing father-son relationship.  Three-year old Mitchell never ever EVER wanted to go to bed, until his dad issued him a “Remote-Control Dad Driver’s License”.  Like any good driver, he checked out his vehicle, inspecting the tires (dad’s slippers) and engine (dad’s belly under his shirt).  Then he hopped onto the driver’s seat (dad’s shoulders) and sped through the house.  He turned to the left (pulling the left ear), to the right (pulling the right ear) and honked the horn (dad’s nose) when needed.  And sometimes he went too fast and Mitchell crashed his dad into the wall!  When Mitchell determined his vehicle needed gas he drove up to the gas station (cookie jar), but the car refused. Mitchell cried, “this is an emergency” and turned on his hazards (flash light), but to no avail.  The car dropped him into bed, where Mitchell happily dreamt of fueling up at his local cookie jar gas station!  The story is full of humor and imaginative action.

Check more reviews on Amazon.  Review originally published in San Francisco Book Review.