Edward Hemingway

Tough Cookie: A Christmas Story (Hardcover)

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<p><b>When a cookie discovers he does NOT taste delicious, he has to find a new identity in this clever picture book twist on a holiday classic.</b></p> <p>Once upon a time, while Fox was visiting the land of Holiday Treats, a little cookie--still warm from the bakery oven--burst out the front door looking sweet and ready to be devoured. But, as it turns out, Cookie is not as fast as he thinks and when Fox finally catches him, they're both in for a big surprise: Sugar Cookie does <i>not </i>taste delicious--and he's certainly not fit to be eaten. What's an unsavory cookie to do? Is there another option for this not-so-sweet treat?</p> <p>This inventive story celebrates the joy of being accepted for who we are.</p> <p><b>Christy Ottaviano Books</b></p>

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When a cookie discovers he does NOT taste delicious, he has to find a new identity in this clever picture book twist on a holiday classic.

Once upon a time, while Fox was visiting the land of Holiday Treats, a little cookie--still warm from the bakery oven--burst out the front door looking sweet and ready to be devoured. But, as it turns out, Cookie is not as fast as he thinks and when Fox finally catches him, they're both in for a big surprise: Sugar Cookie does not taste delicious--and he's certainly not fit to be eaten. What's an unsavory cookie to do? Is there another option for this not-so-sweet treat?

This inventive story celebrates the joy of being accepted for who we are.

Christy Ottaviano Books

When a cookie discovers he does NOT taste delicious, he has to find a new identity in this clever picture book twist on a holiday classic.

Once upon a time, while Fox was visiting the land of Holiday Treats, a little cookie—still warm from the bakery oven—burst out the front door looking sweet and ready to be devoured. But, as it turns out, Cookie is not as fast as he thinks and when Fox finally catches him, they’re both in for a big surprise: Sugar Cookie does not taste delicious—and he’s certainly not fit to be eaten. What’s an unsavory cookie to do? Is there another option for this not-so-sweet treat?

This inventive story celebrates the joy of being accepted for who we are.

Christy Ottaviano Books

Specifications

Publisher
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Book Format
Picture Book
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
40
Author
Edward Hemingway
Title
Tough Cookie - Picture Book
ISBN-13
9781627794411
Publication Date
September, 2018
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
11.59 x 9.36 x 0.46 Inches
ISBN-10
1627794417

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Author/illustrator Edward Hemingway takes the classic Euro-American folktale concerning that runaway pastry, The Gingerbread Man, and gives it a creative new twist in this holiday picture-book. In this version, Fox is visiting Christmastown and comes across a sugar cookie escaping from his bakery. Spurred on by that cookie's taunt - "Run, run as fast as you can! / You can't catch me - / I'm the Sugar Cookie Man!" - he gives chase, soon catching his prey. Unfortunately (or fortunately, as the case may be), the cookie is anything but sweet, leading to a daylong quest to "correct" this problem, on the part of both Fox and Cookie. But is there anything wrong with being a "slowpoke who tastes terrible?" I have read and enjoyed a number of more traditional picture-book retellings of this story, including the one done by Jim Aylesworth and Barbara McClintock, and I have enjoyed other revisionist retellings, such as Jan Brett's Gingerbread Baby and its sequels. It's worth noting that this tale type concerning a runaway pastry being chased by a fox is widespread in the various European traditions. Marcia Brown retold a Russian variant in The Bun: A Tale from Russia. Given all of that, I was curious to see what Hemmingway would do with Tough Cookie: A Christmas Tale. I found his tale engaging and unique, and I liked the solution to the cookie's "dilemma," as he discovers that he is just as he is meant to be. The artwork is colorful and cute - I liked the various scenes around Christmastown - and captures the charm of the story. All in all, a fun new holiday picture-book, and an entertaining revisionist take on a classic tale.


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