Hello, friends! Our book today is Tough Cookie: A Christmas Story by Edward Hemingway, a delightfully silly Christmas tale of figuring out where you belong.
Fox is enjoying his visit to The Land Of Holiday Treats when a scrumptious-looking fellow bursts out of a nearby bakery. “Run, Run, as fast as you can!” the little sugar cookie-man teases in a familiar refrain, and the Fox – never one to turn down a challenge – obliges him. To Sugar Cookie Man’s surprise, the fox catches him quickly, and to both their surprises, he tastes TERRIBLE. Dismayed at this news, Fox quickly changes gears, offering to help cheer Cookie Man up. They attempt to sweeten him up at the spa, and quicken him up for a marathon, but neither work. Confused about his purpose (what is a cookie if it’s not delicious?), Cookie Man and Fox try to regroup – and that’s when they run into a whole new crew that may have the answers they seek!
Fun and festive. The twist at the end is a clever one, and reinforces a nice message: we’re all made the way we are for a reason, and good friends will be there to help us find it (if, apparently, they don’t eat us first). The sugary-sweet illustrations are filled with colors and fun details, but uses negative space wisely so that they never overwhelm the page. The length is great, and JJ loved it. An adorably cute story that’s a wonderfully fun read for the holiday season, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved.
(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by a representative of the author in exchange for an honest review.)